Autumn, 2018

Dear Friend,

The pace of our lives sometimes seems faster and faster, and life sometimes seems to bring more and more challenges—but even during difficult times, we can always feel grateful to have encountered the wisdom of the Buddha. The skills we develop through mindfulness meditation are as relevant to our lives now as we imagine they were to the Buddha’s early disciples.

The Buddha himself did not live in idyllic times—his age was marked by brutal wars and social strife. And so, after his own realization, he dedicated the remainder of his life to teaching others how to overcome suffering and end the causes of conflict. He inspired generations of people across the globe to live with virtue, wisdom, and compassion.

For over a decade, Insight Meditation South Bay has worked to make these teachings available to all, and to integrate these practices into our 21st century lives. IMSB and our principal teacher, Shaila Catherine, offer a wide range of programs to serve meditators in the South Bay area. We also offer a robust and ever-increasing program of retreats and online courses to support students who live in other regions.

Our programs are offered in the spirit of generosity, using the economy of donations (dana) or sliding scales to cover the most tangible expenses, and teacher dana to sustain the livelihood of our teachers.

We need your support to continue this work. Please contribute as generously as you can to this annual appeal. Your gift matters! And please know that we are truly grateful for each and every contribution.

With gratitude,

Jeff Delisio
Ed Haertel
Vanessa Hinton
Brenda Fox
Kristi Iverson
Volunteer Director
Shaila Catherine
Principal Teacher



  • Respond directly to this fundraising appeal by mailing a check to
    Insight Meditation South Bay
    PO Box 490
    Menlo Park, CA 94026
  • Make a contribution through our website.
  • Pledge a recurring donation. Monthly or quarterly recurring gifts help provide a stable stream of revenue throughout the year and enable us to develop a realistic budget for our activities. Recurring donations can be set up through online banking or the donation options on the IMSB website.
  • Leave a legacy to IMSB in your will. Including IMSB in your estate planning is a great way to offer a valuable gift. As a nonprofit incorporated as a church, IMSB can accept gifts of cash, stocks, and real estate properties. In particular, given the high cost of both commercial and residential real estate in the Bay Area, a legacy gift of a residential house or condominium that could serve as a teacher’s residence, or a commercial property that could serve as a meditation center, would quite literally provide the ground to sustain our work for generations into the future.

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