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HIMC Update

Dear Friends,

During this season of giving Thanks, we wish you great happiness and peace.

As you may know, this spring, Vipassana Hawai‘i made the difficult decision to let go of the Hawai‘i Insight Meditation Center project on the Big Island land and put our land on the market for sale. We spent years laying the meticulous groundwork for the project to succeed, including working through long periods in land court, getting county approval for a Special Use Permit, developing public access, exploring conservation easements, working with architects and foresters, and holding tent retreats for adults and teens – all amid oceans of other tasks and responsibilities. Unfortunately, the finances to actually build the center never came together and we realized that we were beyond our capacity for the final stretch of this monumental task.

We are at once deeply humbled by this conclusion and very excited. On a beautiful November full moon, we recently sold 140 acres of our North Kohala land to amazing buyers whose own vision is a beautiful extension and fulfillment of our own. Patrick and Mindy Meiering of Durango, Colorado direct an organization called Inhabit and they plan to use the land and the Special Use Permit we secured to build a retreat center for meditation, yoga, and healing arts of all kinds. Read more

The Path of Happiness: A Vipassana retreat with Sayadaw U Thuzana

Sayadaw U ThuzanaWe are very happy new announce a retreat this January with Sayadaw U Thuzana, abbot of Tathagata Meditation Center (TMC) in San Jose, CA. Sayadaw has offered retreats in Hawai‘i for the past few years and we are immensely grateful that he has offered to return!

The retreat will be held from January 13-20, 2015 at the Palolo Zen Center in Honolulu, HI.

Click here for more information and to register!



Winter Retreats in Asia

Join us for two wonderful Vipassana Hawai´i retreats in Asia this winter!

January 11-31

Kyaswa Monastery Fusion Retreat, Sagaing Hills, Burma (Myanmar)

with Sayadaw U Pannabhinanda, Michele McDonald, and Steven Smith

Dec 29- January 5

New Year’s Retreat, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

with Steven Smith and Julie Seibt

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The Legacy of Sayadaw U Lakkhana ~ MettaDana at 20 years

shaka u lakkhana

Dear Friends,

As you likely know, Sayadaw U Lakkhana, abbot of the Kyaswa Monastery and compassionate inspiration for the MettaDana project passed away earlier this spring. Sayadaw’s death inspired the full range of emotions for all of us involved in these projects in Burma – grief at our loss, appreciation for all he offered us over the years, joy for the goodness that he shared with so many, and concern for the future of Wachet village, for which he was a major benefactor.

Before he died, Sayadaw exhorted us to continue the Kyaswa retreat at the monastery and continue to endeavor in support of his vision for ongoing humanitarian work in the village of Wachet and the surrounding region. We promised to continue the retreat and to honor and support his good works in Wachet and beyond, inspired by a deep motivation to keep his vision for the Kyaswa retreat and the MettaDana work alive. Read more