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The Buddha taught: “ehi passiko”- come and see for yourself. Vipassana Hawai‘i offers ways for people of all ages to do just that: To see for ourselves that there is no limit to the wisdom and kindness we can cultivate and use to nurture each other and the planet toward what is good.

Vipassana Hawaiʻi is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in Hawaiʻi in 1984. Our teachers have worked in the US and internationally with established and respected meditation centers since 1975, including in Thailand and Burma, where they are affiliated with several ancient Buddhist monasteries and provide long-term humanitarian aid.

The land owned by Vipassana Hawai‘i includes open, green farm lands giving way to stream beds opening to narrow bays, home to monk seals, crashing waves and ancient sites. Rolling pastures, salty winds and shoreline cliffs bear witness to the vastness of the Pacific, the spaciousness of wild nature over centuries. Amid this profound beauty, people find entry points to timeless kindness, wisdom, and ease – an invitation to practice mindfulness connected with the earth. This is Hālawa, 254 acres, North Kohala, Hawai‘i Island, home to Vipassana Hawai‘i’s soon to be built Hawai’i Insight Meditation Center.

Our programs are varied, always aligned with Buddhist Theravada teachings, and currently available in Hawai‘i, the mainland, Canada, and Southeast Asia. Whether you are a beginner or an seasoned yogi, we provide a diverse range of practice opportunities throughout the year.

Upcoming Retreats

IMG_0900For calendar and registration details, click here. Our next retreats:

April 25 – 27, 2014: Vipassana Retreat with Steven Smith and Michele McDonald. Registrations and inquiries welcome through Westcoast Dharma Society. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

April 30 – May 14, 2014: Metta Vipassana with Mindful Movement. With Steven Smith and Michele McDonald. Registrations and inquiries welcome through Hollyhock, Canada.

May 10, 2014 – Saturday: One-day Vipassana meditation retreat with Jesse Vega-Frey. “The Revolutionary Spirit of the Buddha’s Teaching” Location: Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu.

New Talks for Audio pages


Great news! With gratitude and a huge mahalo to our volunteer audio team, Tim Wickens and Mary Zinkin, we have now added many new talks from past retreats to our resources menu. On behalf of all of us, we invite you to click through and listen.