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Insight Meditation South Bay (www.imsb.org) offers meditation instruction, guidance, and support for contemplative practices that develop clarity, joy, and inner peace in the midst of everyday living. Whether you’re just curious about meditation, an experienced practitioner, or anywhere in between, we welcome you!

This Meetup site lists only a subset of the array of programs offered by IMSB. Our primary Meetup page is the Mountain View Insight Meditation South Bay page (www.meetup.com/Insight-Meditation-Center-South-Bay), where you can find more information on a variety of upcoming programs, including weekly sitting groups on Tuesday evenings in Mountain View plus monthly day-long retreats, online courses, and much more. For a complete schedule of events, retreats, classes, and programs, and a library of teachings available to download, please visit www.imsb.org.

Beginning in Mid-January 2017, the Thursday evening events at IMSB - San Jose/Saratoga will be a series of discrete classes (registration required). In between class series we will have a drop-in meditation meeting.

Our practices are firmly grounded in the three pillars of Buddhist training—virtue, mental clarity, and wisdom. We show you how to apply them to your life, right here and right now. While the context of our programming is the Buddha’s teachings, the practices we teach are universal: whatever your faith or belief system, you are welcome at our events as we cultivate mindfulness, happiness, and compassion.

Upcoming events (5+)

Course: Pain and Freedom

Westhope Presbyterian Church

Note: Registration is required A six-week course led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen February 28 – April 11,[masked]: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 to illness and pain. In this 6-week class, we will develop a meditative approach to working with pain that is based on selections from How to be Sick: A Buddhist-inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers, authored by Toni Bernhard. We will clarify the difference between physical pain and a response to pain that produces suffering. Drawing from Buddhist principles, these pragmatic and straightforward teachings distinguish between the present experience of pain or disability, and our response to those conditions. This course is intended for everyone—those who are healthy and experience only mild discomfort, as well as those who are living with chronic pain and illness. Regardless of your circumstances, you can learn to live with joy, compassion, and purpose. In the face of pain, you can abide free from suffering. February 28 – The Medicine of Mindfulness March 7 – Accepting the World of Change March 14 – Insights into Impermanence March 21 – Touching the Heart of Kindness and Compassion March 28 – Understanding Brings Equanimity April 4 – Mindfulness and Letting Go April 11 – Mindfulness Meditation: A drop-in evening for meditation practice WHO SHOULD JOIN: This course is open to all practitioners. COURSE LEVELS: It is designed as a level 1-2 course. Click this link for a key to course level designations. REGISTRATION:Registration is required for this course. Registration fees are non-refundable. To register, please visit https://www.imsb.org/event/pain-freedom/2019-02-28/

Monthly Day of Meditation with Shaila Catherine

Foothills Congregational Church

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 day long programs (http://www.imsb.org/programs/daylong-and-half-day-programs/) are usually structured with alternating sitting and walking meditations, augmented by meditation instructions, reflections, and teachings. Shaila Catherine leads most of the day longs, complimented by periodic guest teachers or community events. At most day long events, Shaila is available for individual consultations. Shaila offers teachings at each event, usually aimed at developing meditative skills. Whether or not a theme is announced in advance, teachings will be offered to deepen understanding of the Buddhist path of practice. There will be a pot-luck community meal around 12:30; please bring a food dish to share. Everyone is welcome. There is no registration. Folding chairs are provided. Bring a mat and cushion if you prefer to sit on the floor. Beginner’s to meditation are encouraged to come on time since both sitting and walking meditation instruction are usually offered in the mornings. These monthly events may take place at any of the churches where we meet—in Los Altos, Saratoga, or Mountain View. Be sure to double check the website event listing to determine the correct location (http://www.imsb.org/about-us/contact-us/). IMSB relies upon the generosity of participants to support our teachers and cover organizational expenses. Dana is a word in the ancient Pali language that describes donations, offerings and generosity. Two bowls will be available at an event to practice dana for the teacher and IMSB; we encourage you to give joyfully and generously, according to your resources and means. IMSB is a 501(c) (3) organization. All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law. For a complete schedule of our classes, retreats, and events visit the Insight Meditation South Bay website: www.imsb.org (http://www.imsb.org/)

Drop-In Deepening Mindfulness & Meditation

Westhope Presbyterian Church

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 you prefer to sit on the wood floor. Registration is not required for this Deepening Practice and Community event. DANA: IMSB relies upon the generosity of participants to support our teachers and cover organizational expenses. Dana (http://www.imsb.org/generosity/donate-now/) is a word in the ancient Pali language that describes donations, offerings and generosity. Two bowls will be available at an event to practice dana for the teacher and IMSB; we encourage you to give joyfully and generously, according to your resources and means. IMSB is a 501(c) (3) organization. All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law. 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/).

Course: The Development of Happiness

Westhope Presbyterian Church

Registration is required. To register: https://www.imsb.org/event/the-development-of-happiniess/2019-04-25/ A six-week course led by Kim Allen A practical approach to training in happiness. April 25 – May 30,[masked]: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 happiness. When suffering is progressively removed from experience, the mind naturally realizes greater ease, joy, happiness, and peace; they are two sides of the same coin. A great depth of happiness is available to the trained mind. This six-week course will explore several levels of happiness through teachings (including sutta readings), meditation instruction, reflections, and small-group discussion. We will nurture practical skills that bolster positive states of mind, and learn to recognize, appreciate, and extend the experience of happiness. April 25—Happiness and the Three Trainings with [Shaila Catherine / Kim Allen] May 2—The Happiness of Ordinary Pleasures with Kim Allen May 9—The Happiness of Benefit and Service with Kim Allen May 16—The Happiness of a Calm and Focused Mind with Kim Allen May 23—The Happiness of Wisdom and Insight with Kim Allen May 30 —The Happiness of Liberation and Living in Peace with Kim Allen WHO SHOULD JOIN: This course is open to all practitioners. COURSE LEVELS: It is designed as a level 2-3 course. Click this link for a key to course level designations.

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Drop-In Deepening Mindfulness & Meditation

Westhope Presbyterian Church

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