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)

Tuesday Online: Melissa McKay - The Four Great Efforts

While we are all sheltering-at-home, we have moved our regular Tuesday evening meeting online. The starting time has been changed so we can include people from other parts of the country. The Buddha’s path teaches wise use of energy in life. Wise meaning the energy that will lead to the greatest benefit for ourselves and others and the least amount of suffering. He taught the Four Great Efforts as practical tools and ways of practicing and training the habits of our mind. The evening will include a discussion of how these tools are applicable in daily life. Please join us on Zoom. This event is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. The evening includes silent or guided meditation and teachings. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, please sign on a few minutes early. The event will open ten minutes before start of the meeting. °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° 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/).

Tuesday Online: Shaila Catherine

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While we are all sheltering-at-home, we have moved our regular Tuesday evening meeting online. The starting time has been changed so we can include people from other parts of the country. Please join us on Zoom. This event is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. The evening includes silent or guided meditation and teachings. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, please sign on a few minutes early. The event will open ten minutes before start of the meeting. °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° 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/).

Online Course: Five Doorways to Finding Balance

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A six-week ONLINE course led by Kim Allen and Shaila Catherine When the ground shifts beneath our feet, how do we orient? What is reliable, both as an inner refuge and as a source from which to act? Buddhist teachings emphasize the impermanence and unreliability of the world, and they also offer reliable means to navigate such a world skillfully, such that our life becomes a path to Awakening. In this series, we will explore the five spiritual faculties (trust, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom) as reference points and doorways to finding balance and clarity amidst uncertainty. Each highlights a different approach to developing the mind and to acting with wisdom and compassion in our life. Jul 16: The Spiritual Faculties as Indriya: Ways to Channel the Mind, with Kim Allen Jul 23: Trust, with Kim Allen Jul 30: Energy, with Shaila Catherine Aug 6: No class. Mid-course Break. Aug 13: Mindfulness, with Kim Allen Aug 20: Concentration, with Kim Allen Aug 27: Wisdom, with Kim Allen VIDEO CONFERENCES: We will use the Zoom video conference platform. Zoom is easy to access via computer or phone. More information will be provided in the confirmation materials after registering. WHO SHOULD JOIN: This course intended for people who have already been introduced to mindfulness meditation. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.imsb.org/event/online-finding-balance/2020-07-16/

Online Retreat: Mindfulness of Mind

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An online retreat with Shaila Catherine July 17-19, 2020 This at-home online weekend retreat will focus on Mindfulness of Mind as the third establishment of mindfulness presented in the Satipatthana Sutta. By monitoring the state of our minds, we will recognize when and how our minds tend toward harmful states, or incline toward wholesome states that develop calm and concentration, and lead to liberating insight. Please join us as we deepen our practice together through a program of live video conferences with Shaila Catherine. The online meetings will include guided meditations, Dharma talks, question and answer sessions, and small group discussions. More information and a link to join the video conferences will be emailed after registering. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.imsb.org/event/online-retreat-mindfulness-of-mind/

Past events (754)

Tuesday Online: Shaila Catherine

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