Dear IMSB community,

As we work together to meet the COVID-19 challenge with mindfulness and wisdom, IMSB remains committed to the health and well-being of all. We have modified our programming; some events have been cancelled, or converted our into online programs. Since the cornoavirus presents us with a rapidly evolving situation, please check our website for updates prior to attending any IMSB events. Any cancellations will be posted on our EVENTS CALENDAR.

Dhamma Talks Available To Support Your Daily Practice:
If you are “sheltering in place” at home, this could be an opportunity to strengthen your daily meditation practice and listen from our library of dhamma talks.

These programs are currently expected to continue as usual. See our schedule for the latest information.

  • No in-person events will take place until at least early May. Our online courses continue as scheduled. Online courses led by Shaila Catherine are listed on the website. Registration is closed for our current course.

Programs with changes

  • Tuesday Drop-In Meditation Group in Mountain View has been cancelled for March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28. When we begin meeting again (hopefully in May), we will arrange seating to provide a 6 foot distance between chairs.
  • Thursday Satipatthana Class has converted into an ONLINE CLASS with revised dates and times. Registration has closed.
  • April 14. Author Event, The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns with Matt Weingast has been rescheduled for August 11.
  • Wednesday Sutta Study Group is cancelled in April. Participants are asked to join the Monday, April 20 online section. When we begin meeting again in May, we will sit 6 feet apart to maintain the recommended social distance.
  • Saturday Day of Meditation in Los Altos (April 25) has been cancelled. When we begin meeting again in May, we will sit 6 feet apart to maintain the recommended social distance. The day will not include a potluck meal, so please bring a bagged lunch.
  • The Young Adults Group and monthly Beginners Orientations in April and May have been cancelled.
  • The April 24 Friday Sutta Study Group has been cancelled. Class members are encouraged to attend the Monday April 20 online group instead. We hope to resume meeting in May at the larger meeting space in Menlo Park which will enable participants to sit further apart.
  • Ten-day Retreat in Upper Lake, CA May 12-21 has been cancelled.

Precautions we will take for in-person events

At in-person events where attendance is low relative to the capacity of the rooms where we meet, we believe that with appropriate precautions, the risk to participants is low. But, we ask for your diligence and care to maintain sensible precautions, and we completely respect the decision of anyone who may choose to not attend IMSB events at this time.

We will set up the rooms with seats spread out to maximize distance between people. Our meeting rooms are large enough to space seats 6 feet apart and maintain the recommended social distance. You are welcome to pull chairs closer together to sit nearer to the people you came with, but it is our intention to set up the room to maximize distance between participants.

To protect the health of all who attend our programs, we ask that you please consider ways to provide the highest degree of safety for yourself as well as for other attendees. Before choosing to attend please consider not only how you feel, but also who you have been in contact with recently. We recommend particular caution for the seniors in our community, and individuals who have other health issues that may compromise immune function.

In particular, we wish to communicate the following important reminders:

  • If you have a respiratory illness, have had a recent fever, cough, cold, flu, are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, have allergies that are likely to cause repeated sneezing or coughing, or if you are feeling unwell in any way, please do not attend any public program.
  • Also, please do not attend if you’ve traveled from any high coronavirus risk regions including China, South Korea, Iran, or Italy within the last 14 days, or if you’ve been in contact with someone who has.

Additionally, upon arriving at our programs, please proceed immediately to the bathrooms and wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer. Avoid hugging and shaking hands—we can greet each other with a warm smile or a respectful bow of good wishes and joy.

We encourage everyone to follow the CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands.
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
  5. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Wishing for the health, peace, and well-being of all,

The Board of IMSB