Practice Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight

Meditation. Develop tranquility and wisdom. Learn to let go. Experience deep peace.

Join a retreat guided by renowned author and Buddhist meditation teacher Shaila Catherine

Practice Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight The aim of the meditative path is awakening—and it is a joyous path, based upon virtue, leading to profound inner peace. Mindfulness training promotes undistracted awareness; concentration practice rejuvenates the mind through the blissful absorption states called jhāna. Shaila Catherine teaches practical methods for developing present moment awareness, for understanding the ways of your own mind, and for cultivating skills that will free you from preoccupation, fear, and worry. Intensive retreat practice will take you beyond relaxation. Supported by a group retreat structure and skillful instructions, you can learn to calm restless thinking, dissolve anger, and let go of habitual reactions and restrictive attachments. Meditation is a profound inner journey through which you will discover wisdom and freedom in the midst lived experiences.

Shaila Catherine has a deep love of meditation practice. She has been practicing meditation since 1980, accumulating more than nine years of silent retreat experience, and has taught internationally since 1996. Shaila studied with masters in India, Thailand, and Nepal, and also with the founders of western Buddhist meditation centers.   Students describe Shaila’s presence as gentle, compassionate, joyous, accessible, and strikingly clear. She welcomes all levels of meditators and her retreats often include both beginners and advanced practitioners meditating together. Shaila has been called “a teacher’s teacher” because she is known for her precision, and for refining the meditation skills of advanced practitioners. Her dedication to the liberating teachings of the Buddha is an inspiration for everyone.

Shaila has authored two books that guide practitioners to develop a unified and undistracted mind capable of letting go and awakening: Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity, and Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhāna and Vipassanā.   Shaila Catherine is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online Dhamma classroom (, and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley in California ( Shaila’s retreat schedule with programs in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, is posted at Online courses are listed at

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Bodhi Retreats at Loma Mar, CA, USA and other locations in USA, Europe, and worldwide.

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