A series that will open the heart and bring balance in relationships.

With Shaila Catherine

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 Abodes (Brahma Viharas). When these qualities are well developed the heart-mind will be liberated from ill will, cruelty, envy, expectation and demand—one will dwell with a pure “divine” perception of all things.

September 30 — Cultivating Loving Kindness
October 7 — Cultivating Compassion
October 14 — Cultivating Joy
October 21 — Cultivating Equanimity
October 28 — Integrating Heart Practices into Life


Reserve your spot!
Choose a ticket below to reserve your seat. The ticketing process will allow you to make a donation online. IMSB will include the billing address entered during the ticketing process on IMSB’s mailing list; you may unsubscribe from our list at any time. If attendees arrive without a reservation, they will be admitted as space permits. Drop-in attendance is welcome.

Usual Schedule (subject to change):
6:45 pm — Doors Open — arrive early to check-in
7:00 pm — Meditation
7:40 pm — Teachings and Discussion
8:30 pm — Closing and Informal Connections
8:45 pm — Departure

Location:
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
Edwards Hall
2094 Grant Rd.
Mountain View, CA 94040


Teachers:
Please visit these pages for biographies and photos of our principal teacher, Shaila Catherine, and guest speakers.

Financial Need Scholarships:
If you cannot afford any of the sliding scale ticket options, you may self-select a reduced scholarship rate by utilizing the coupon code, halftherate, during the ticketing process. This code will reduce any ticket option by 50%. If you cannot make any financial contribution to support the event or the teacher, come anyway—you will be welcome at the door.

Dana/Donations:
IMSB relies upon the generosity of participants to support our teachers and to cover organizational expenses that continue whether we are meeting in-person or online. Dana is a word in the ancient Pali language that describes donations, offerings, and generosity. We encourage you to give joyfully and generously, according to your resources and means. You may include your donation with your ticket selection, give gifts of cash or checks through the baskets at the event, or donate online via credit card, Paypal or Network For Good through our Donate Now page. IMSB is a 501(c) (3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

Experience Level:
This event is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. The evening includes silent or guided meditation and teachings from our principal teacher Shaila Catherine or guest teachers.

What to Bring:
Wear clothing that is suitable for the outdoor temperatures on the day of the event. Bring a blanket, shawl, scarf, sweater, or whatever you like to stay warm since we will maximize ventilation by keeping the doors and windows open at least partially during the event. The floor is not carpeted. Bring a mat or cushion if you want to sit on the floor. Standard folding chairs are provided; you may bring a cushion or back support to increase your comfort while sitting.