Mindfulness & Meditation – A Drop-In Class

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Mindfulness Meditation: A drop-in evening for meditation practice. Led by Kim Allen Drop-in practice evenings are an opportunity for meditators to practice under the guidance of experienced mindfulness instructors. These sessions allow curious newcomers to gain a first-hand experience of mindfulness meditation. Experienced practitioners will enjoy the opportunity to deepen their [...]

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Course: Let Go!

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Let Go! A Buddhist Approach To Breaking Free Of Habits A 6-week course led by Shaila Catherine, Dawn Neal, Chris Clifford, Ying Chen, Kim Allen, and Janetti Marotta Experience the wondrous freedom of release! Thursdays, January 16 – February 20, 2020 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm Silence begins at 7:00. Arrive early (around 7:00) to enjoy the optional [...]

$50 – $360

Let Go! – A new Thursday evening course in Saratoga. Register Now!

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Register now for Let Go! A 6-week course led by Shaila Catherine, Dawn Neal, Chris Clifford, Ying Chen, Kim Allen, and Janetti Marotta For more information and online registration: https://www.imsb.org/event/course-let-go/2020-01-16/ https://www.imsb.org/event/course-let-go/2020-01-16/

Weekly Meditation course is CANCELLED for tonight – enjoy the holidays

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Weekly Meditation course is CANCELLED for tonight Classes will resume on January 2nd. Enjoy the holidays! Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups— a drop in sitting group Tuesdays in Mountain View, and a series of classes Thursdays in Saratoga. This group meets every Tuesday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk in [...]

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Monthly Day of Meditation led by Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine. IMSB offers a day of meditation one Saturday each month. These monthly day long programs offer a consistent and easy opportunity for meditators to maintain a steady commitment to meditation, deepen their practice, explore various dhamma themes, and cultivate relationships with the community—and still be home in time for dinner! The [...]

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Course: Mindfulness Meditation

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A six-week course taught by Shaila Catherine, Janetti Marotta, and Aishin Leonard. A liberating practice for body and mind. Thursdays, October 17 - December 5, 2019 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm Silence begins at 7:00. Arrive early (around 7:00) to enjoy the optional pre-class meditation period. Living with mindful awareness grounds us in the present moment. [...]

$45 – $360

Mindfulness Meditation – A new Thursday evening course. Register Now!

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Register now for Mindfulness Meditation, a new 6-week course in Saratoga. Led by Shaila Catherine, Janetti Marotta, and Aishin Leonard. For more information and online registration: https://www.imsb.org/event/mindfulness-meditation/2019-10-17/   https://www.imsb.org/event/mindfulness-meditation/2019-10-17/

No Weekly Class Tonight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

No weekly class tonight. Enjoy the Autumn break. Our Thursday class series will resume next week. Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups— a drop in sitting group Tuesdays in Mountain View, and a series of classes Thursdays in Saratoga. This group meets every Tuesday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk in [...]

Mindfulness & Meditation – A Drop-In Class

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Mindfulness Meditation: A drop-in evening for meditation practice. Led by Janetti Marotta Drop-in practice evenings are an opportunity for meditators to practice under the guidance of experienced mindfulness instructors. These sessions allow curious newcomers to gain a first-hand experience of mindfulness meditation. Experienced practitioners will enjoy the opportunity to deepen their [...]

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Focused and Fearless: A Concentration Course

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Cultivating the conditions for deep concentration in the midst of daily life A six-week course led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen August 22 - September 26, 2019 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm Silence begins at 7:00. Arrive early (around 7:00) to enjoy the optional pre-class meditation period. This six-week course is designed to strengthen the [...]

$45 – $360

Focused and Fearless – A new Thursday evening course. Register Now!

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Register now for Focused and Fearless, a new 6-week course in Saratoga on Deepening Concentration. Led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen. For more information and online registration: https://www.imsb.org/event/focused-and-fearless-a-concentration-course/2019-08-22/ https://www.imsb.org/event/focused-and-fearless-a-concentration-course/2019-08-22/

Monthly Day of Meditation led by Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Breathing Space – Freedom from the personal A day of meditation with Sharon Allen. The mind can become so entangled with personal concerns that we get lost in the delusion of an independent self and forget about the possibility of freedom. The sitting and walking meditation practices for this retreat day will emphasize releasing our [...]

No Weekly Class Tonight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

No Weekly Class Tonight. Enjoy the summer break. Our Thursday class series will resume next week. Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups— a drop in sitting group Tuesdays in Mountain View, and a series of classes Thursdays in Saratoga. This group meets every Tuesday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk in [...]

Mindfulness & Meditation – A Drop-In Class

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Mindfulness Meditation: A drop-in evening for meditation practice. Led by Sharon Allen Drop-in practice evenings are an opportunity for meditators to practice under the guidance of experienced mindfulness instructors. These sessions allow curious newcomers to gain a first-hand experience of mindfulness meditation. Experienced practitioners will enjoy the opportunity to deepen their [...]

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Course: Working Skillfully with Anger

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A 6-week workshop on letting go Led by Sharon Allen and Shaila Catherine Thursdays, June 20 - August 8, 2019 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm Silence begins at 7:00 Arrive early (around 7:00) to enjoy the optional pre-class meditation period. Anger is a powerful emotion. When unchecked and unexamined, anger has enormous potential to harm [...]

$45 – $360

Working Skillfully with Anger – A new Thursday evening course. Register Now!

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Register now for Working Skillfully with Anger, a new 6-week course in Saratoga. Led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen. For more information and online registration: https://www.imsb.org/event/working-skillfully-with-anger/2019-06-20   https://www.imsb.org/event/working-skillfully-with-anger/2019-06-20/

No Weekly Class Tonight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Tonight’s Thursday class is cancelled. Enjoy the summer break. Our regular weekly program will resume next week. Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups— a drop in sitting group Tuesdays in Mountain View, and a series of classes Thursdays in Saratoga.

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Monthly Day of Meditation led by Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine. IMSB offers a day of meditation one Saturday each month. These monthly day long programs offer a consistent and easy opportunity for meditators to maintain a steady commitment to meditation, deepen their practice, explore various dhamma themes, and cultivate relationships with the community—and still be home in time for dinner! The [...]

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Course: The Development of Happiness

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A six-week course led by Kim Allen A practical approach to training in happiness. April 25 – May 30, 2019 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm Silence begins at 7:00. Arrive early (around 7:00) to enjoy the optional pre-class meditation period. The Buddhist path can be viewed as the cultivation of deeper and deeper forms of [...]

$45 – $360

The Development of Happiness – A new Thursday evening course. Register Now!

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Register now for The Development of Happiness, a new 6-week course in Saratoga. Led by Kim Allen. For more information and online registration: https://www.imsb.org/event/the-development-of-happiniess/2019-04-25/ https://www.imsb.org/event/the-development-of-happiniess/2019-04-25/  

DEVELOP HAPPINESS! – A new Thursday evening course. Register Now!

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Register now for The Development Of Happiness, a new 6-week course in Saratoga. A practical approach to training in happiness. Led by Kimberly Allen. For more information and online registration: https://www.imsb.org/event/the-development-of-happiniess/2019-04-25/

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Mindfulness & Meditation – A Drop-In Class

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Mindfulness Meditation: A drop-in evening for meditation practice. Led by Janetti Marotta Drop-in practice evenings are an opportunity for meditators to practice under the guidance of experienced mindfulness instructors. These sessions allow curious newcomers to gain a first-hand experience of mindfulness meditation. Experienced practitioners will enjoy the opportunity to deepen their [...]

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Course: Pain and Freedom

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Pain and Freedom Finding peace in the midst of pain A six-week course led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, and Janetti Marotta. February 28 - April 11, 2019 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm Silence begins at 7:00 pm Arrive early (around 7:00) to enjoy the optional pre-class meditation period. Life is uncertain and our bodies are vulnerable [...]

$45 – $360

Pain & Freedom – A new Thursday evening course. Register Now!

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Register now for Pain & Freedom, a new 6-week course in Saratoga. Led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen and Janetti Marotta. For more information and online registration:  https://www.imsb.org/event/pain-freedom/2019-02-28/ ‎  

Mindfulness & Meditation – A Drop-In Class

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Mindfulness Meditation: A drop-in evening for meditation practice. Drop-in practice evenings are an opportunity for meditators to practice under the guidance of experienced mindfulness instructors. These sessions allow curious newcomers to gain a first-hand experience of mindfulness meditation. Experienced practitioners will enjoy the opportunity to deepen their practice with an evening [...]

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Course: Buddhist Fundamentals

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A six-week course led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, and Chris Clifford. Demystifying the core beliefs of Buddhism Thursdays, January 10 - February 21, 2019 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm Silence begins at 7:00. Arrive early (around 7:00) to enjoy the optional pre-class meditation period. This course will provide a nuts-and-bolts guide to the core [...]

$45 – $360

Buddhist Fundamentals – A new Thursday evening course. Register Now!

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Register now for Buddhist Fundamentals, a new 6-week course in Saratoga. Led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, and Chris Clifford. For more information and online registration: https://www.imsb.org/event/buddhist-fundamentals/2019-01-10/   https://www.imsb.org/event/buddhist-fundamentals/2019-01-10/

Weekly Meditation CANCELLED for tonight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Tonight’s meditation group meeting is cancelled. Our regular weekly meditation program will resume next week after the holidays. Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups— a drop in sitting group Tuesdays in Mountain View, and a series of classes Thursdays in Saratoga.  

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Mindfulness & Meditation – A Drop-In Class

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Mindfulness Meditation: A drop-in evening for meditation practice. Drop-in practice evenings are an opportunity for meditators to practice under the guidance of experienced mindfulness instructors. These sessions allow curious newcomers to gain a first-hand experience of mindfulness meditation. Experienced practitioners will enjoy the opportunity to deepen their practice with an evening [...]

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Course: Joy On Demand

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Joy on Demand A 6-week class on cultivating joy Led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen, with a special question and answer session with the acclaimed author, Chade-Meng Tan.  Joy is a potent guide for spiritual development. Joy supports the development of many beautiful qualities including concentration, wisdom, and letting go. This course will follow the [...]

$55 – $400

Joy On Demand! A new Thursday evening course. Register Now!

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Register now for JOY ON DEMAND, a new 6-week course in Saratoga. Led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, and Chade-Meng Tan, our special guest speaker and author of the book titled Joy On Demand. For more information and online registration: https://www.imsb.org/event/course-joy-on-demand/2018-08-30/  https://www.imsb.org/event/course-joy-on-demand/2018-08-30/

Drop-In Deepening Practice and Community Evening with Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Tonight’s session is led by Shaila Catherine For pictures and biographies of our teachers, visit our Teacher Page. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice and Community” evenings, [...]

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No Meeting Tonight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Our usual Thursday evening class or meditation session has been cancelled for tonight. Please join us next week!

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Course: Untangling Self

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Untangling Self A practical inquiry into who we think we are. A course led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen Thursdays June 28 - August 9, 2018 There will be no meeting on July 5 due to Independence Day holidays. In this 6-week, teacher-led book group, we will contemplate Untangling Self by Andrew Olendzki—an intriguing [...]

$45 – $360

Drop-In Deepening Practice and Community Evening with Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Tonight’s session is led by Shaila Catherine. For pictures and biographies of our teachers, visit our Teacher Page. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice and Community” evenings, [...]

Aging, Dying and Awakening: A Day of Meditation with Anna Douglas

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with special guest teacher Anna Douglas. “Aging, illness and death are treasures for those who understand them. They are Noble Truths, Noble Treasures. If they were people, I’d bow down to their feet every day.” — Ajahn Lee, Thai Forest Master This sentiment is not our culture’s usual attitude, so this statement [...]

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Course: Mindful Self Esteem with Janetti Marotta

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Mindful Self-Esteem: Cultivating Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion Led by Janetti Marotta, Ph.D. A 6-week course based on the book 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem: Everyday Practices for Cultivating Self-Acceptance & Self-Compassion Low self-esteem is such a common issue because we’re conditioned to look for comfort and security in outside factors that are constantly changing. We struggle to [...]

$45 – $360

Drop-In Deepening Practice and Community Evening with Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Tonight’s session is led by Sharon Allen. For pictures and biographies of our teachers, visit our Teacher Page. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice and Community” evenings, [...]

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Weekly meditation group CANCELLED for tonight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Tonight’s meditation group meeting is cancelled. Classes will resume next week. Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups— a drop in sitting group Tuesdays in Mountain View, and a series of classes Thursdays in Saratoga.  

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Course: Mindful Speech

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Mindful Speech Bringing clarity and peace to communication. A 6-week course led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, and Chris Clifford. March 15 — Defining Right And Wrong Speech, with Sharon Allen March 22 — Difficult Communications; Responding to Anger, with Shaila Catherine March 29 — No meeting this week. Church needs the room for their Easter events. [...]

$45 – $360

Register to attend a course in Mindful Speech

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Mindful Speech a 6-week course led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, and Chris Clifford For information and registration details, click here to visit our course page.  https://www.imsb.org/event/course-mindful-speech/2018-03-15/

Drop-In Deepening Practice and Community Evening with Sharon Allen and Bill Kostura

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Tonight's session is led by Sharon Allen and Bill Kostura. For pictures and biographies of our teachers, visit our Teacher Page. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice [...]

Stepping Back: A Day of Meditation with Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of Mindfulness Meditation with Sharon Allen. Stepping back – so often when we are on the edge of impulsively saying or doing something that we later regret, taking a step back, pausing or remembering what that action leads to can make the difference between perpetuating distress or increasing well-being. This is a discipline that [...]

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Mindfulness in the World – A practice-based course

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Mindfulness In The World A Practice-Based Course led by Sharon Allen, Jill Shepherd, Jennifer Dungan, and Bill Kostura. January 25 - March 1, 2018 Life in the world can be stressful – but you can do something about it. This six-week course will emphasize teachings and practices from Buddhism that can make the difference between [...]

$45 – $360

Mindfulness In the World: A 6 week Thursday evening meditation course

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Mindfulness In The World A Practice-Based Course led by Sharon Allen, Jill Shepherd, Jennifer Dungan, and Bill Kostura. January 25 - March 1, 2018 Life in the world can be stressful – but you can do something about it. This six-week course will emphasize teachings and practices from Buddhism that can make the difference between [...]

Drop-In Deepening Practice and Community Evening with Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Tonight’s session is led by Sharon Allen. For pictures and biographies of our teachers, visit our Teacher Page. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice and Community” evenings, [...]

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No Class Tonight – Enjoy the holiday week.

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

The Dhamma Classroom in Saratoga, currently running a course on The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony, will not meet tonight. We will resume the Thursday night program next week. Enjoy the holiday week!  

De-Stress In December! Register now for a 5-week course on mindfulness meditation practices.

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

De-Stress in December! A 5-week course on mindfulness meditation practices — to create peace in the holiday season and beyond. For information and registration details, click here to visit our course page. https://www.imsb.org/event/de-stress-in-december/2017-11-30/

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De-Stress in December!

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

De-Stress in December! A 5-week course on mindfulness meditation practices — to create peace in the holiday season and beyond. As the year comes to an end, night falls sooner, and the holidays approach, people sometimes feel increasingly stressed. Mindfulness practice helps us release the inner tensions that keep us entangled in unhealthy or unhappy [...]

Get Tickets $50 – $310
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Monthly Day of Meditation with Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine. IMSB offers a day of meditation one Saturday each month. These monthly day long programs offer a consistent and easy opportunity for meditators to maintain a steady commitment to meditation, deepen their practice, explore various dhamma themes, and cultivate relationships with the community—and still be home in time for dinner! The [...]

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Course: The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A 5-week sutta study discussion course led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen In this course we will study Bhikkhu Bodhi’s powerful collection of discourses from the Pali Canon that address issues relevant to our times: communication, anger, conflict resolution, friendship, social equity, and interpersonal dynamics. This 5-week course offers a discussion format for sutta [...]

Register for 10-week Thursday Class in Saratoga: Buddhism and Social Harmony

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Click here to jump to the registration page with the ticketing options. A ten-week sutta study discussion course led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen In this course we will study Bhikkhu Bodhi's powerful collection of discourses from the Pali Canon that address issues relevant to our times: communication, anger, conflict resolution, friendship, social equity, and interpersonal [...]

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Course: Dhamma of Aging with Robert Cusick

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

The Dhamma of Aging A 6 week course led by Robert Cusick Visit our Teacher Page for teacher biographies and photographs. Aging is a dynamic natural process. It not only includes the losses and heartbreak often associated with changing conditions but also the opportunity to cultivate deep insights and wisdom. Change, too, is a dynamic natural process. To [...]

$45 – $360

Deepening Practice and Community – Open Drop-In with Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Led by Shaila Catherine. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice and Community” evenings, we will devote more time to   guided meditations and experiential mindfulness activities. Newcomers are welcome. [...]

Monthly Day of Meditation and Qi Gong with Shaila Catherine and Jason Chan

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation and Qi Gong with Shaila Catherine and Jason Chan. This day long program is designed to enhance mindfulness through a combination of sitting meditation and mindful movement. The practices will include Qi Gong and Tai Chi exercises, along with mindfulness meditation instruction. It is appropriate for beginners and seasoned practitioners. IMSB offers a [...]

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Course: The Buddha’s Teachings on Wisdom with Kim Allen and Diana Clark

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

See for Yourself: The Buddha’s Teachings on Wisdom A 6 week course led by Kimberly Allen and Diana Clark Visit our Teacher Page for teacher biographies and photographs. The Buddha had much to say about Wisdom, the natural quality of mind that sees things as they are and brings about liberation. In this 6-week class running from [...]

$45 – $360

Deepening Practice and Community – Open Drop-In with Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Led by Sharon Allen. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice and Community” evenings, we will devote more time to   guided meditations and experiential mindfulness activities. Newcomers are [...]

Monthly Day of Meditation with Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine. IMSB offers a day of meditation one Saturday each month. These monthly day long programs offer a consistent and easy opportunity for meditators to maintain a steady commitment to meditation, deepen their practice, explore various dhamma themes, and cultivate relationships with the community—and still be home in time for dinner! The [...]

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Course: Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts A course led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, Chris Clifford, and Diana Clark June 8 — Shaila Catherine June 15 — Diana Clark June 22 — Chris Clifford June 29 — Shaila Catherine July 6 — Shaila Catherine July 13 — Sharon Allen Visit our Teacher Page for teacher biographies and photographs. Mental restlessness is an insidious [...]

Course: Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts A course led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, Chris Clifford, and Diana Clark June 8 — Shaila Catherine June 15 — Diana Clark June 22 — Chris Clifford June 29 — Shaila Catherine July 6 — Shaila Catherine July 13 — Sharon Allen Visit our Teacher Page for teacher biographies and photographs. Mental restlessness is an insidious [...]

$45 – $360

Deepening Practice and Community – Open Drop-In with Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Led by Shaila Catherine. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice and Community” evenings, we will devote more time to   guided meditations and experiential mindfulness activities. Newcomers are welcome. [...]

Monthly Day for Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation with Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine. Today's practice theme will be the cultivation of loving kindness (metta) meditation. IMSB offers a day of meditation one Saturday each month. These monthly day long programs offer a consistent and easy opportunity for meditators to maintain a steady commitment to meditation, deepen their practice, explore various dhamma themes, and cultivate [...]

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Course: The Art of Happiness; The Power of Loving Kindness (Metta)

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

NOTE: This course began April 20, but late registrations will still be accepted.    A practical course on developing the profound benevolence that heals the heart. Presented by Shaila Catherine and 3 guest teachers: Sharon Allen, Berget Jelane, and Laura Lin. April 20 — Metta for category of self — with Shaila Catherine April 27 — Metta for category [...]

$60 – $375

Register Now! The Art of Happiness: Loving Kindness Course in San Jose/Saratoga

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Registration has opened for a 6 week course on cultivating Loving Kindness/Metta Meditation with Shaila Catherine and guest teachers. Course starts April 20. Register now! Visit the Events Page for more information and registration details: https://www.imsb.org/event/course-loving-kindness-metta/2017-04-20/

Weekly Meditation Group Cancelled for Tonight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Tonight’s meditation group meeting is cancelled. The church requires use of our usual meeting room for their events. Our regular weekly meditation program will resume next week.

Deepening Practice and Community – An Evening for Practice – Open Drop-In

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these "Deepening Practice and Community" evenings, we will devote more time to   guided meditations and experiential mindfulness activities. Newcomers are always welcome. Chairs are provided. Bring a mat or cushion if [...]

Exploring Energy in Practice with Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Exploring Energy in Practice A day of meditation with Sharon Allen. On the meditative path energy is a key element. Energy is one of the factors of awakening and one of the bases for spiritual powers. We experience energy in our physical body daily. This day long retreat will explore the significance of having a healthy [...]

Course: Developing a Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Developing a Mindfulness Meditation Practice — A skill-building class This course is taught by Sharon Allen, Janetti Marotta, and Laura Lin. 6 Thursdays, February 23 - March 30, 2017 To live with mindful awareness in our world, we must become well grounded in a meditation practice. This course will focus on understanding, practicing, and developing mindful awareness, so [...]

$45 – $360

Deepening Practice and Community – Open Drop-In with Jennifer Dungan

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Led by Jennifer Dungan Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these "Deepening Practice and Community" evenings, we will devote more time to   guided meditations and experiential mindfulness activities. Newcomers are [...]

Monthly Day of Meditation with Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine. IMSB offers a day of meditation one Saturday each month. These monthly day long programs offer a consistent and easy opportunity for meditators to maintain a steady commitment to meditation, deepen their practice, explore various dhamma themes, and cultivate relationships with the community—and still be home in time for dinner! The [...]

Course: Mindfulness in the Buddhist Tradition

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Mindfulness in the Buddhist Tradition: A short course on the four modes of mindfulness called Satipatthana A practical and direct path. Presented by Shaila Catherine and Richard Shankman A series of new classes on meditation and Buddhism will be offered by Insight Meditation South Bay starting January 19, 2017. The classroom structure offers many advantages for continuity [...]

$35 – $370

Four Week Course with Shaila Catherine – Mindfulness in the Buddhist Tradition – (Satipatthana)

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Registration has opened for a 4 week course Thursday evenings in Saratoga, CA. The focus is on Mindfulness in the Buddhist Tradition and what is called in the ancient Pali language: "Satipatthana" practice. Visit the Event Page for information and registration details: https://www.imsb.org/event/mindfulness-in-the-buddhist-tradition/2017-01-19/    

Weekly Meditation and Teachings in Saratoga – CANCELLED

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Tonight’s meditation group meeting is cancelled for holidays. Our regular weekly meditation program will resume next week. Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups—Tuesdays in Mountain View, and Thursdays in Saratoga. This group meets every Thursday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk in Saratoga. The program is structured into thematic series led by [...]

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Monthly Day of Meditation with Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine. IMSB offers a day of meditation one Saturday each month. These monthly day long programs offer a consistent and easy opportunity for meditators to maintain a steady commitment to meditation, deepen their practice, explore various dhamma themes, and cultivate relationships with the community—and still be home in time for dinner! The [...]

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Ten Perfections (paramis)

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A series for developing the best of mind and heart. Many powerful wholesome qualities are nurtured in the contemplative life. This series will explore the ten perfections (paramis) that support the path of awakening, and bring joy and harmony into our daily lives. These beautiful qualities are accessible to everyone, at every stage of our [...]

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Four Noble Truths

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Ways to realize the end of suffering. No one wants to suffer, and yet we do. The first sermon that the Buddha gave after his awakening addressed the issue of suffering. He articulated four basic tenants that have been remembered as the four noble truths. They include the full understanding of suffering, the abandoning of [...]

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Beautiful Mind – Five Faculties

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Nurturing the best in ourselves. This series will explore the five spiritual faculties and their cultivation in meditation: faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom. The Buddha stressed the importance of these controlling faculties and powers, which offer a complete structure for meditative development and culminate with final liberation. They are necessary features of meditative progress [...]

Special Event in Saratoga with Chade-Meng Tan – Author of Joy on Demand

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Tonight's special author event will feature best selling author Chade-Meng Tan speaking about his newest book, Joy on Demand. Books will be available at the event and signing will occur after the talk. 7:00 Doors Open (please arrive before the meditation begins) 7:15  Meditation Begins 8:00 Meng Speaks 9:00 Book Signing Please notice that the [...]

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Daylong in Saratoga – Cultivating The Meditative Path

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine. IMSB offers a day of meditation one Saturday each month. These monthly day long programs offer a consistent and easy opportunity for meditators to maintain a steady commitment to meditation, deepen their practice, explore various dhamma themes, and cultivate relationships with the community—and still be home in time for dinner! In [...]

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Beautiful Mind – Five Faculties

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Nurturing the best in ourselves. This series will explore the five spiritual faculties and their cultivation in meditation: faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom. The Buddha stressed the importance of these controlling faculties and powers, which offer a complete structure for meditative development and culminate with final liberation. They are necessary features of meditative progress [...]

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Ethics, Action, and the Five Precepts

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

For a life of harmony and clarity. This series will explore virtue as the indispensable foundation of Buddhist practice. The series will emphasize the five training precepts, and may explore action, ethics, kamma, and cause-effect dynamics. The precepts are not rules to be obediently followed; they serve as guidelines for the intentional development of compassion, [...]

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Daylong in Saratoga – Cultivating The Meditative Path

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine. IMSB offers a day of meditation one Saturday each month. These monthly day long programs offer a consistent and easy opportunity for meditators to maintain a steady commitment to meditation, deepen their practice, explore various dhamma themes, and cultivate relationships with the community—and still be home in time for dinner! In [...]

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Cultivating Mindfulness – in Saratoga/San Jose

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A training for living in the present. This course is an introduction to the meditative development of mindfulness through which we refine our ability to focus and bring clear attention to all aspects of experience. We will cultivate mindfulness of breath, sensations, emotions, thoughts and actions. This series includes exercises that enhance mindfulness, support the establishment [...]

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Seven Factors of Awakening – in Saratoga/San Jose

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

For the mind that values freedom. These seven qualities offer an effective framework for cultivating the mind, overcoming the hindrances, and balancing the energetic and calming forces that develop in meditation. When cultivated and balanced, the mind is ripe for awakening. This series will explore each factor to reveal its importance, function, and role in [...]

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Daylong in Saratoga – Lovingkindness and Qi Gong with Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Loving Kindness and Qi Gong - Balance for the Heart, Body, and Mind A day of meditation with Sharon Allen When the emotional center is held with kindness, and the body energy is balanced, the mind is at ease. Today’s practice and teachings will emphasize Loving Kindness which comes from the Metta Sutta. Loving Kindness practice [...]

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Weekly Meditation and Teachings in Saratoga – CANCELLED

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Tonight’s meditation group meeting is cancelled. The church requires use of our usual meeting room for their events. Our regular weekly meditation program will resume next week. Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups—Tuesdays in Mountain View, and Thursdays in Saratoga. This group meets every Thursday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk in [...]

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Paths of Skillful Action – special guest Jenny Wilks in Saratoga/San Jose

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Living an ethical life in the modern world. A three week series with special guest teacher Jenny Wilks. When we think of ethical practice in Buddhism, we often focus on the traditional five precepts. However a longer list of ten paths of skillful action (kusala-kamma-patha) occurs more frequently in the early texts. They overlap with [...]

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Introduction to Mindfulness – A Tuesday Morning Class

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Please note: Due to low enrollment, the course has been modified to run for only 4 weeks (March 22 has been cancelled). In place of the fifth class session, the teachers will be available for a private follow up session with each participant. Although online registration has closed, drop in participation or late registration can [...]

Introduction to Mindfulness Course – Tuesday mornings in San Jose-Saratoga

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Registration has opened for a 5 week Introduction to Mindfulness Course in San Jose/Saratoga co-taught by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen. February 23 — Why Meditate?: The power of mindfulness with breathing March 1 — Cultivating Presence: Mindfulness of the body March 8 — Emotional Presence: Mindfulness of mental states March 15 — Settling the Restless Mind: Mindfulness of [...]

Day Long in Saratoga: Investigating the Nature of Mind

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine. Although meditation is renowned for promoting tranquility and mental calmness, meditation is not passive. Investigative methods play a vital role in the skillful development of liberating insight. This day-long program will introduce methods for investigating the nature of mind. It is part of a six-month series of day-long events [...]

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Balanced Practice

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Developing a balanced practice. The art of Dhamma practice includes engaging skillfully with complementary aspects of practice. Sometimes we are called to actively cultivate qualities, while at other times, letting go is more appropriate. We use both our head and our heart; we engage both inwardly and in the outer world; we need both restraint [...]

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Doorways to Insight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Knowing liberation through the ordinary. You know everything changes, so why do you suffer when possessions are lost, relationships end, or friends die? Insight meditation is oriented toward seeing three characteristics—the impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and emptiness of experience. In some ways these are ordinary and obvious insights. Every day we experience changing sensory impressions; we cannot [...]

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No meeting tonight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

IMSB will not meet tonight due to the holidays. Our regular weekly schedule will resume next week. Happy New Year!

No meeting tonight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

IMSB will not meet tonight due to the holidays. Our regular weekly schedule will resume in two weeks. Merry Christmas wishes for all.

Daylong in Saratoga: Core Insight Questions

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine. Although meditation is renowned for promoting tranquility and mental calmness, meditation is not passive. Investigative methods play a vital role in the skillful development of liberating insight. Today's program will explore the three characteristics (impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and not-self) which lie at the heart of insight meditation practices. Our guide [...]

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No meeting tonight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

IMSB will not meet tonight due to the holidays. Our regular weekly schedule will resume next week. Happy Thanksgiving wishes for all.

Daylong in Saratoga: Investigating Hindrances

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine. Although meditation is renowned for promoting tranquility and mental calmness, meditation is not passive. Investigative methods play a vital role in the skillful development of liberating insight. Today's program will introduce a five-part scheme for investigating the hindrances and understanding their causes. The teaching is inspired by instructions in [...]

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Speaker Series: Eight-fold Path

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

The Eight-Fold Path of Awakening Living with clarity and peace This series will explore the Noble Eight-fold Path as a liberating practice. The Eight-fold Path is among the most practical and powerful core teachings of the Buddha. It offers practitioners a comprehensive approach for training the mind in the context of meditation, action, relationship, and [...]

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Special Event – Voices for a Contemplative Life in Silicon Valley

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Fostering the sacred in a busy life. with Pastor Erik Swanson  and Shaila Catherine How can we nurture a sacred and contemplative experience of our lives in the midst of the pressures and demands that are characteristic of Silicon Valley? This evening program will include mindfulness meditation and discussion with two local spiritual leaders who [...]

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Speaker Series: Pillars of Dhamma

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

What we can do to improve our lives... Three core practices support growth in Buddhist practice generosity (dana) virtue (sila) mental development (bhavana). These Three Pillars are sometimes called sources of merit because they are actions that lead to beneficial results. Practicing generosity we nurture an open, kind heart; practicing virtue we live happily, free from [...]

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Speaker Series: Three Jewels with special guest Lama Surya Das

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

The Three Jewels and Refuges Where the mind rests with trust. What do you turn to when your enthusiasm for practice fades? Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha can focus our intentions and inspire our practice. The potential for awakening, a clear path of training, and ongoing support of the community are three [...]

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Speaker Series: Three Jewels

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

The Three Jewels and Refuges Where the mind rests with trust. What do you turn to when your enthusiasm for practice fades? Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha can focus our intentions and inspire our practice. The potential for awakening, a clear path of training, and ongoing support of the community are three [...]

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Day Long in Saratoga: Presence with Sense-Doors—Meditation and Poetry

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Presence with the Sense Doors: A day of meditation and poetry with Drew Oman and Jennifer Dungan This daylong will include meditation and poetry reading to support contemplation on the conditioned arising of consciousness with seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling and thinking. This day-long program is appropriate for new and experienced meditators. There will be a pot-luck [...]

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Fundamental Buddhist Principles with special guest Bob Stahl

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A series for those curious about what the Buddha taught. Buddhist tradition offers a rich tradition of wisdom teachings, many of which are remembered as lists. This series will focus on the philosophy, principals, practices, and instructions that are fundamental to developing a meditative or Buddhist practice. It is intended as an introduction to Buddhism [...]

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Daylong in Saratoga: Energy Balance – Meditation and Qigong

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with Shaila Catherine and Tom Leichardt. This day-long program will include two Qigong sessions (morning and afternoon) along with sitting and walking meditation. The focus will be developing skillful and balanced energy through movement and meditation. Medical Qigong is renowned for using the breath, simple postures and movements to enhance mental focus, calm the energies of mind and body, and achieve greater health, concentration, [...]

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Fundamental Buddhist Principles

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A series for those curious about what the Buddha taught. Buddhist tradition offers a rich tradition of wisdom teachings, many of which are remembered as lists. This series will focus on the philosophy, principals, practices, and instructions that are fundamental to developing a meditative or Buddhist practice. It is intended as an introduction to Buddhism [...]

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Overcoming Obstacles to Meditation

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Cultivating skills and insight that will transform habits of mind.  Meditation practice cultivates inner peace, clarity, concentration and joy. In order to experience these beautiful qualities, we must overcome the obstacles of agitation, dullness, distraction, obsessive thinking, and painful emotions, and we must learn to work skillfully with pain, illness, fear, and a wide range [...]

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Wesak Celebration – Community Social Event

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

7:15 pm - 9:15 pm On this Thursday we will celebrate Wesak, the primary Buddhist holiday that commemorates the Buddha's enlightenment, birth, and death. 7:15  Meditation begins Tonight's program will include meditation, flower offering ceremony, dhamma talk and/or slide presentation. The structured program will end around 9pm, but please plan to stay a few minutes longer [...]

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Strengthening Mindfulness

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Strengthening Mindfulness – A series dedicated to cultivating genuine insight. This series will expand on instructions offered in basic mindfulness courses, offering new depths of understanding, integrating the practice with life situations, and helping students establish a daily meditation practice. Mindfulness training is a practical tool that can support wisdom in any activity, and it [...]

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Developing a Kind Heart

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Developing a Kind Heart – A series that will open the heart and bring balance in relationships. This series will nurture the development of four profound qualities of heart: loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. These four qualities express a powerful and immeasurable intention of kindness toward ourselves and all beings. They are traditionally called the Divine [...]

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Cultivating Mindfulness

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

THIS COURSE is an introduction to the meditative development of mindfulness through which we refine our ability to focus and bring clear attention to all aspects of experience. We will cultivate mindfulness of breath, sensations, emotions, thoughts and actions. This series includes exercises that enhance mindfulness, support the establishment of a daily meditation practice, and [...]

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