SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Liberating Mindfulness: Featured Event of the Week

Featured Event of the Week

Daylong Meditation: Liberating Mindfulness with Shaila Catherine.

Saturday, February 7, 2015
9:30 am – 5 pm

Foothills Congregational Church
461 Orange Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022


This daylong event will explore the fourth foundation of mindfulness (Satipatthana), variously referred to as mental objects, dhammas, or phenomena. This fourth foundation extends the awareness of body and mind to include the functions, causes, and interrelationships of states. We become aware of how various mental states condition the mind, how we relate to the experiences of life, and how states either aid or hinder our spiritual progress. Mindful investigation is the key to the development of liberating knowledge.

The daylong program will include sitting and walking meditation, instructions, and opportunities for individual meetings with the teacher. This practice day is appropriate for new and experienced meditators, drop-in participants, and dedicated Walking the Path members.

There will be a potluck community meal at 12:30; please bring a food dish to share.


Cost: In the spirit of generosity, or dana these Day-Long Retreats are offered without registration fees. Two bowls will be available for voluntary donations to support IMSB and the teachers with their ongoing efforts of serving the Dhamma. Voluntary contributions are appreciated.


* The Day-Long Retreats will be held in Noble Silence to support the deepening of meditative realization. Please turn off cell phones, minimize conversations, and refrain from socializing until the end of the program.
* Chairs are provided. Please bring a mat, cushion or bench if you would like to sit on the floor. The room at Foothills Congregational Church has a hard wood floor.
* The location at Foothills Congregational Church is on the ground floor. There are no stairs, but bathrooms are not equipped with specialized features for accessibility.
* No registration is required. Everyone is welcome. Arriving on time and staying until the end is appreciated. However, if you can only attend part of the program, please arrive or depart during the lunch period.

About the Teacher

Shaila Catherine is the founder of Insight Meditation South Bay. She has been practicing meditation since 1980, with more than eight years of accumulated silent retreat experience. She has taught since 1996 in the USA, and internationally. Shaila studied with several Asian masters in India, Thailand, and Nepal, including H. W. L. Poonja, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, in addition to the founders of several western meditation centers including Christopher Titmuss and Joseph Goldstein. She completed a one-year intensive meditation retreat with the focus on concentration and jhana, and authored Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. Shaila has been practicing under the guidance of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw since 2006, and authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana to help make this traditional approach to meditative training accessible to western practitioners.

The full listing for February events: http://mindfulwatch.blogspot.com/p/february-2015-holistic-events-in.html