What we're about

Insight Meditation South Bay (www.imsb.org) offers mindfulness-based meditation practices to awaken heart and mind, and to support the development of ethical living, meditation, and wisdom. We teach skills for developing mindfulness, loving-kindness and compassion, concentration, practical daily life wisdom, and the deep meditative absorptions called jhanas.

IMSB's ongoing programs include a weekly meditation group Tuesday evenings in Mountain View, courses and drop-in sittings on Thursday evenings in Saratoga (see our alternate Meetup site, www.meetup.com/Insight-Meditation-South-Bay-Saratoga), a beginner's orientation the first Tuesday of each month, a Day-Long Retreat each month, and online courses. We offer a 6-month Walking the Path program, Sutta Study Courses on the Discourses of the Buddha, and residential and non-residential meditation retreats. Please visit www.imsb.org for more information about our ongoing programs and the many special events that IMSB offers.

The heart of Insight Meditation, also known as Vipassana, is the clarity of awakening. We use mindfulness-based meditative approaches for spiritual awakening and require no adherence to religious dogma. Freedom is the essence of this meditation training. Attachment is the problem that meditation is designed to solve. Wisdom, peace and calm awareness pervade the silence of formal meditation and also the business of active daily life. We train our minds through meditation and contemplation and apply that clarity to our complex daily interactions.

IMSB and our teachers are dedicated to the Buddhist practice of Dana and generosity. Our activities rely upon the generosity of our community in donations, gift or effort.

Upcoming events (5+)

Meditation, Power and Success

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church

A Meditative Path for Accomplishing Your Goals: How to leverage your mental strengths This 5-week series with Shaila Catherine will explore four qualities that the Buddha linked to success on the spiritual path. These qualities, called iddhipadas in Pali, strengthen our capacity to realize our aims, increase the skillfulness of our effort, intensify our concentration, and help us develop our mind through mindfulness and insight. December 11 – The power to strive December 18 – Concentration due to desire January 8 – Concentration due to energy January 15 – Concentration due to mind January 22 – Concentration due to investigation This series is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. Each evening includes silent or guided meditation, a break, and teachings. °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups—Tuesdays evenings we offer an open drop-in sitting group in Mountain View, and Thursdays we offer structured courses in Saratoga. The Tuesday sitting group meets every Tuesday evening for a meditation and Dhamma talk in Mountain View. The principal teacher is Shaila Catherine and guest speakers are featured regularly. Thematic series are periodically presented, but whether or not a topic has been advertised in advance, Shaila or a guest teacher will lead the sitting and offer teachings. Newcomers are always welcome. To help newcomers get acquainted with mindfulness meditation and IMSB, a senior member or teacher offers a beginner’s orientation (http://www.imsb.org/programs/beginners-orientation/) beginning at 6:30 on the first Tuesday of each month. For more detailed information on our schedule of classes, retreats, and events visit the Insight Meditation South Bay website: www.imsb.org (http://www.imsb.org/).

Meditation & Landscape Photography with Rex Naden

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church

Landscape photography is a powerful medium for exploring perception, attention, and spiritual perspectives. Rex Naden, an avid landscape photographer, will share slides of his photographs, and discuss his encounters with nature, the artistic image, and the subtle ways that he uses color and composition to communicate his vision. One might identify a photograph within a cluttered and unordered visual environment, then develop the image and present it to viewers that did not share in the vision. Upon viewing the final image it is possible they will understand the intent. Rex will highlight 1) the craft used to capture the photo, 2) the artistic elements of the photo, and 3) the post-processing steps applied in the studio. Craft points include location, weather, terrain, and time of day. Artistic decisions comprise luminosity, color balance, color saturation, composition, design, and distracting elements. Post-processing consists of editing, printing, and preparation for display. Rex has recently published a beautiful and affordable book of landscape photographs, simply titled Landscapes, by Rex Naden. °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups—Tuesdays evenings we offer an open drop-in sitting group in Mountain View, and Thursdays we offer structured courses in Saratoga. The Tuesday sitting group meets every Tuesday evening for a meditation and Dhamma talk in Mountain View. The principal teacher is Shaila Catherine and guest speakers are featured regularly. Thematic series are periodically presented, but whether or not a topic has been advertised in advance, Shaila or a guest teacher will lead the sitting and offer teachings. Newcomers are always welcome. To help newcomers get acquainted with mindfulness meditation and IMSB, a senior member or teacher offers a beginner’s orientation (http://www.imsb.org/programs/beginners-orientation/) beginning at 6:30 on the first Tuesday of each month. For more detailed information on our schedule of classes, retreats, and events visit the Insight Meditation South Bay website: www.imsb.org (http://www.imsb.org/).

Beginner's Orientation

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church

For those new to IMSB or to insight meditation, a brief introductory session is offered the first Tuesday of each month immediately before the regular weekly meditation group in Mountain View. This session, led by an IMSB teacher or senior student, introduces mindfulness meditation techniques, and orients newcomers to Insight Meditation South Bay. The session will include basic meditation instructions, the opportunity to ask questions about your meditation practice, and basic information about our organization. No registration is required and you may repeat this introductory session to ask questions that may arise as you establish your meditation routine. You may bring a sitting cushion, but chairs are provided and you need only bring yourself. The orienation session starts at 6:30 pm in the youth room at the back of Edward’s Hall. Just enter the hall and look for a door at the south-west corner of the room, near the stage. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to others. For more information, please also see Beginner's Information (http://www.imsb.org/programs/beginners-orientation/) on our website.

The Engaged Buddhist

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church

Surviving and thriving in an anxious world Meditation instructions are sometimes misinterpreted to imply that one should disengage from activity and suspend all judgment. Buddhist advice on “letting go” can be misunderstood to suggest that problems in the world can or should be ignored. Yet the Pali canon shows that the Buddha taught practical social and economic remedies, and urged monks to travel so they could benefit the largest number of people. Thích Nhất Hạnh coined the term “engaged Buddhism” to describe efforts to respond to the suffering in his country during the Vietnam war, work he saw as part of meditation and mindfulness practice rather than something apart from it. In this series, some local “engaged Buddhists” will share how they personally apply Buddhist wisdom to engage with the suffering around us, in areas such as social action, prison ministry, and environmentalism. February 5 – Ayya Santussika – Engaged Brahmaviharas February 12 – Oren Jay Sofer – Making Peace with Words: Where Mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication Meet February 19 – Bill Kostura – Generosity and Compassion Inside: Teaching Buddhist Meditation in a California State Prison February 26 – Jennifer Dungan – Non-clinging to Outcomes This series is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. Each evening includes silent or guided meditation, a break, and teachings. ******************************************************* Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups—Tuesdays evenings we offer an open drop-in sitting group in Mountain View, and Thursdays we offer structured courses in Saratoga. The Tuesday sitting group meets every Tuesday evening for a meditation and Dhamma talk in Mountain View. The principal teacher is Shaila Catherine and guest speakers are featured regularly. Thematic series are periodically presented, but whether or not a topic has been advertised in advance, Shaila or a guest teacher will lead the sitting and offer teachings. Newcomers are always welcome. To help newcomers get acquainted with mindfulness meditation and IMSB, a senior member or teacher offers a beginner’s orientation (http://www.imsb.org/programs/beginners-orientation/) beginning at 6:30 on the first Tuesday of each month. For more detailed information on our schedule of classes, retreats, and events visit the Insight Meditation South Bay website: www.imsb.org (http://www.imsb.org/).

Past events (633)

Meditation, Power and Success

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church

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