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The Loss of Sayadaw U Pandita


We have just received the sad news of the death of Sayadawgyi U Pandita-bhivamsa, our beloved teacher and perhaps the last of this great generation of Dhamma masters. We want to express our immeasurable gratitude to him for the depth of his wisdom and metta, the power and beauty of his teachings, and the force of his being as a true disciple of the Buddha.

His unbounded generosity and dedication to the Dhamma was something that benefited all of Vipassana Hawai’i’s teachers and therefore impacted all of their students to a degree that is beyond measure. We are saddened by his death but are boundlessly inspired by his life and we aspire to help continue the dispensation of the Buddha’s Dhamma in accordance with his transmission to us.

We offer our deepest compassion to his many centers and communities around the world that will feel the painful loss of their great teacher. We hope that anyone who knew him or was touched by his teaching make sure to spend time in the coming days practicing diligently to honor the gift of this incredible practice of vipassana and its power to create the conditions of liberation from greed, hatred, and delusion in all of our hearts.

We bow three bows of the deepest gratitude to our beloved teacher,

The Vipassana Hawai’i Ohana

Can’t physically come to a sit? Join us virtually on the Insight Timer!

Recently, we have started two groups on the Insight Timer. One for our Honolulu Sunday Sits and one for our North Kohala Sunday Sits. If you can’t make the Sunday Sittings but want to join us, do so on the Insight Timer. The Sunday sits in North Kohala are 4:00 – 4:45 pm and in Honolulu are 5:00 – 5:45 pm Hawai’i time.

If you are not familiar with the Insight Timer, check it out (or download) here:

It’s an app on your phone that allows you to time your sits, see others meditating at the same time, allows you to communicate with others of like mind, and allows to to join different groups like Vipassana Hawai’i, Satipatthana: the Direct Path, or even Rumi poems.

Find us! See you on the Insight Timer.

p.s. If you need help send Dorothy an email at


2016 Kyaswa Retreat and MettaDana Update!



Dear Friends,

Aloha and Mingalabar from all of us involved in the Kyaswa Fusion Retreat and the MettaDana Project

This year marked the 21st anniversary of our annual retreat at Kyaswa Monastery and of the community development programs funded by the MettaDana Project. Our relationships with local community members continue to strengthen and we are so pleased that our relationship with Sayadaw U Pannananda, who is now the leading monastic teaching the retreat, has continued to blossom and flourish.  Read more

Hollyhock Retreat Open

 Vipassana Retreat Metta/Brahma Vihara

Vipassana Retreat Metta/Loving-Kindness

with Michele McDonald and Steven Smith

Announcing the 2016 Spring Hollyhock schedule, two retreat opportunities at one location on beautiful Cortes Island, British Columbia, at the Hollyhock Centre. Sit these meditation retreats with both Michele McDonald and Steven Smith and supportive staff. Experience seven days practicing Mette, unconditional love, and the other Brahma Viharas, wise compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. Then stay for the second seven days, or just sign up for part two, focusing on the first of the Brahma Viharas–Metta or LovingKindness.

Participants may attend the full fourteen day practice, or come during one of the following weeks.

April 27 – May 4, 2016 – Vipassana Metta/Brahma Vihara, 
Cultivate Unconditional Love, Wise Compassion, Empathetic Joy, and Equanimity.

May 4 – May 11, 2016 – Vipassana Metta/LovingKindness, 
focus practise on Loving Kindness for oneself and others.
Joy Kerfoot will be offering mindful movement. Pari Ruengvisesh will be assisting Michele and Steven.

Request a Reservation for This Program Register early to ensure your program and accommodation choice.

Special note: The Lake Retreats have been very popular and fill quickly. Steven had decided to offer another retreat in June at this amzing Thailand location, Jungle Yoga. Keeps your eyes open and we will let you know as soon as information becomes available.