Shaila Catherine

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 ( 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 jhāna, and authored "Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity." Since 2006 Shaila has been practicing under the direction of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw. She authored "Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhāna and Vipassanā" to help make this traditional approach to samadhi and vipassana accessible to western practitioners.

Upcoming Retreats

Retreatsort descending Location Teachers Dates
Concentration, Jhana, and Breath Ignatius House (Georgia) Shaila Catherine Aug 31, 2020 to Sep 10, 2020 (10 nights)


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