Shaila Catherine shailacatherine.com is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online Dhamma classroom, and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley. She began practicing meditation in 1980, spent more than nine years in silent retreat, taught meditation internationally since 1996, and authored three books on mindfulness, concentration, and insight.
Her first book, Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity introduces the deep concentration practices of jhāna. Her second book, Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhāna and Vipassanā makes the systematic practices taught by Pa-Auk Sayadaw accessible to western practitioners. Her third book, Beyond Distraction: Five Practical Ways to Focus the Mind teaches skills to overcome restless thinking, rumination, and obstructive habitual patterns.
Shaila’s teachings emphasize deep samadhi, jhāna, and the path of liberating insight.