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Shaila Catherine

Shaila Catherine is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online Dhamma classroom, and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in California's Silicon Valley. She has been practicing meditation since 1980, accumulating more than eight 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 meditation centers. 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 practiced intensively under the direction of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw from 2006-2014, absorbing a precise and rigorous approach to samadhi and vipassana that continues to inform her teaching. She authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana to help make this traditional training in samadhi and vipassana accessible to western practitioners.

Talks given by Shaila Catherine at Marin Sangha are available here.

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