Wisdom Dharma Chats | Shaila Catherine

Please enjoy this unedited recording of our Wisdom Dharma Chat with host Daniel Aitken and special guest Shaila Catherine.

Shaila Catherine has been practicing meditation since 1980, with more than eight years of accumulated silent retreat experience. She has taught insight meditation since 1996 in the U.S. and internationally. Shaila has dedicated several years to studying with masters in India, Nepal, and Thailand, 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. Shaila Catherine has practiced under the guidance of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw since 2006; she authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhāna and Vipassanā to help make this traditional approach to meditative training accessible to Western practitioners. She is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online dhamma classroom, and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley.

In this episode, she and host Daniel Aitken discuss how to deal with distraction, bringing the suttas into meditation, and much more.

Mentioned in this episode

  • To learn about Shaila’s current and upcoming online courses at Bodhi Courses, click here.
  • Read Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation of the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha here, and find more translations of the Pali Canon here.

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