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Four of this, Eight of that, Five of this, Seven of that: The Buddhas path to mental wellness.

Our next retreat is with Grahame White, July 20 (5 pm) – 26 (11 am), 2018 at the Palolo Zen Center.

In our everyday life, we often find that there is mental agitation, upheaval, and conflict. To come out of this, the Buddha advised that we try our best to walk the path that he discovered under the Bodhi Tree. He offered advice and encouragement for us to achieve our goal of mental wellness. This course will explore the many useful practices, in meditative terms, given by the Buddha. Topics will include: The four foundations of mindfulness, the noble eightfold path, the five powers and, the seven factors of enlightenment

This course will be suitable for both beginners and those with more experience – All are welcome! A few spaces left, sign up now.

Our next weekend retreat on O’ahu.

Wise and Compassionate Presence

June 29 – July 1, 2018

This weekend retreat, suitable for both beginners and experienced students, will focus on mindfulness as a path to insight and to opening the heart.  We will have a special emphasis on the practices of gratitude as a way of supporting wisdom and compassion.  The retreat will be held in silence, with periods of sitting practice as well as walking practice.  There will be opportunities to speak with the teacher. Retreat starts Friday afternoon and continues to Sunday afternoon. Residential participation is required.

Weekend retreat in April

April 27 – 29, 2018

Kayanupassana: Contemplation of the Body with Care 

With Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

The Sacred Falls International Meditation Center, Hauula, Hawai’i

Now open for registration.

The body can be the source of great pleasure and great pain and therefore the root of great attachment and aversion. The Buddha showed it can also be used as a field for the cultivation of wisdom and compassion. Join Jesse for this intensive silent vipassana meditation retreat where we will emphasize an approach toward liberation using a mindful and kind-hearted relationship with the manifold experiences of the body. Training with breath, the 4 elements, and touch-points throughout the body will help develop a profound understanding of the nature of life bolstered by lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

Online Course with Michele McDonald

We want you to know about a wonderful 6 week online meditation course beginning on January 15 that Michele McDonald is offering with Tricyle Magazine! The focus of the course is on her original teachings of R.A.I.N and D.R.O.P. ~ a practical guide to exploring the breadth and depth of mindfulness.

Michele was inspired to offer these teachings as a way to reach more people who are trying to find a deeper peace in their lives and we hope you can take advantage of the opportunity. All of Michele’s portion of the proceeds from the course will be going to Vipassana Hawai`i’s MettaDana projects to support the Rohingya people who are encountering terrible crisis in and around Burma.

If you cannot take the course yourself, you can offer it as a gift to someone else, knowing that it will be of great benefit to them and also be helping the Rohingya people.

The final class offers a special lesson in walking meditation on Vipassana Hawai`i’s beautiful North Kohala land on the northern tip of the Big Island of Hawai`i.

We truly hope you will enjoy it!

To learn more and to register click here!