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Wise and Compassionate Presence Weekend Retreat

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October 21 – 23, 2016 

Wise and Compassionate Presence” 

With Mary Grace Orr

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 night and continues to Sunday afternoon. Residential participation is required. Some exceptions may be made by the teacher in advance for experienced people.

Join Mary Grace Orr to explore Wise and Compassionate Presence.

Registration now open.

 Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Weekend Retreat “Meditation as an Act of Love”

Registration open now.

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We hope you will be able to join Anushka Fernandopulle “Meditation as an Act of Love” September 16 – 18, at the Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

When we develop meditation as loving awareness, we cultivate a beautiful way of living that supports wisdom and balance. We pay attention well to what we love and we learn to be present with a warm, open gaze for whatever shows up. This kind, gentle awareness brings mindfulness and metta (lovingkindness) practice together as one. We can learn about the truth of the way things are and learn to bear life’s difficulties with grace.

We will be practicing meditation from the Buddhist tradition in silence together through mindful sitting, walking,eating, and listening. Practice will be supported by guided meditations, Dharma talks, and time for practicequestions with the teacher. You will be asked to let go of reading, writing, and technology for the weekend to learn to listen well to the heart. Join Anushka Fernandopulle to explore meditation as an act of love.

Anushka Fernandopulle teachs meditation, works as an organizational consultant, and conducts leadership coaching with individuals and teams. Her work brings Eastern practices to Western modern life, making them accessible for individuals and organizations. She is currently writing a book on Mindfulness and Leadership (Parallax Press, Fall 2016). Fernandopulle has been involved in movements for social justice and civil rights and has work with many community organizations. She was born and raised on the US East Coast soon after her family immigrated from Sri Lanka.

Fernandopulle has been formally trained in Buddhist meditation since 1989, primarily Vipassana or Insight Meditation (the root of secular Mindfulness meditation).  After studying Buddhism at Harvard, she spent four years in full-time intensive meditation training in monasteries and retreat centers in the US,India and Sri Lanka. In the twenty years since then she has continued to practice in daily life, studied the Pali Canon, and spent at least one month in intensive silent retreat most years.

Her Buddhist teaching lineage runs through Mahasi Sayadaw (Burma), Ajahn Chah (Thailand), and Sri Lankan Buddhist monastics. She teaches meditation workshops and retreats in organizations and retreat centers around the world.

2017 Kyaswa Monastery Retreat!

 

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Kyaswa Monastery Fusion Retreat

The Sagaing Hills of Burma (Myanmar), January 12 – February 2, 2017 

Taught by Sayadaw U Pannananda, Steven Smith, and Ma Kamala 

Assisted by Jake Davis

This unique 3-week retreat offers a rare opportunity to practice Metta (lovingkindnes) and Vipassana (insight) methods with skilled Burmese monastic and Western lay teachers in the Sagaing Hills of Upper Burma. The first 5 days will focus on Metta practice to lay the foundation for a deeper emphasis on Vipassana during the rest of the retreat. 

Filled with centuries-old pagodas, monasteries, and nunneries, the Sagaing hills are regarded as the spiritual heart of Burma and one of the most important practice centers of Theravada Buddhism. Kyaswa Monastery is itself a 600 year old practice and study center that plays a vital role in the health and vibrancy of nearby Wachet village. 

Yogis are supported in every way by  the heritage of living Dhamma and benefit from a rigorous schedule, individual interviews, carefully prepared food, nightly chanting from local nuns and accommodation in individual kutis nestled along the scenic hillside. 

In addition, yogis have the opportunity to connect with the local community via our MettaDana aid projects including the Wachet primary school, nearby nunneries, the Jivitadana Sangha Hospital, and our international  acupuncture project.

Base fee of $950 covers all the basic costs of the retreat. Participants are also invted to offer an additional 15% or 25% to help pay for yogi scholarships, MettaDana Project support, and unforseen retreat expenses.

For more information, go to our googledoc

and to register please visit www.vipassanahawaii.org 

or email kyaswaretreat@gmail.com 

The teaching team:

Sayadaw U Paññananda is Kammatthanacariya (meditation teacher) at the Malaysian Buddhist Meditation Centre, Penang. From 1982 to 1994 Sayadaw was a Dhamma Lecturer and taught Pariyatti at Mahabodhi Pariyatti Temple in Yankin Township, Yangon. In 1994, Sayadaw practised Vipassana Meditation at Panditarama Shwe Taung Gon Sasana Yeiktha, Yangon under the overall guidance of Ovadacariya Sayadawgyi U Panditabhivamsa. After his practice and further study under Sayadaw-gyi U Panditabhivamsa’s guidance, Sayadaw U Pannananda taught Vipassana Meditation and gave Dhamma talks as an assistant meditation teacher while living at Panditarama Yangon and was the religious advisor and resident monk of Vipassana Meditation  Centre in Singapore from 1999-2012.

Steven V. Smith co-founded Vipassana Hawai’i in 1984 and in 1995 founded the MettaDana Project for educational and medical projects in Burma. Also in 1995 Steven helped establish the Kyaswa Valley Retreat Center in Burma, headed by Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery. This partnership helped usher in the beginnings of Vipassana Hawai’i’s Fusion Dhamma approach combining traditional and contemporary teaching styles in the same retreat. Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, he was trained and sanctioned as a teacher by revered monk and meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita. Steven divides his time teaching Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity) meditation retreats around the world, and assisting Burmese refugee communities along the Thai-Burma border. His long term vision for preserving the Dhamma is culminating in the beginnings of the Hawai’i Insight Meditation Center (HIMC) on the Big Island of Hawai’i’s remote North Kohala coast.

Ma Vimala was born on April 24, 1967 in Thaton, Mon State, Myanmar. She got M.B.,B.S at University of Medicine, Yangon in 1993 and ordained under Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa at Panditarama, Yangon in 1994. She achieved Sasanadhajadhammacariya in 2001 and worked as a teacher in Pariyatti Program for nuns and Buddhist Cultural Training Courses for children at Panditarama, Yangon, for 9 years. She has taught Abhidhamma, Burmese, Visuddhimagga and Meditation in Taiwan in 2011, 2015 and has been teaching Buddhist Theory and Meditation at Buddhist Culture Courses in Malaysia and in Panditarama Htauk Kyant Branch Center since 2012. Ma Kamala currently resides at Nirodharama Meditation Center, Htauk Kyant, Mingalardon Township.

Jake Davis began practicing at age 14, with Steven and Michele, and went on to spend nearly a decade practicing, studying, working as an interpreter, and training as a monk under the eminent meditation masters Sayadaw U Pandita and Sayadaw U Lakkhana of Burma. He brings together a deep experiential understanding of Buddhist practice with an intellectual training including study of the Pāli texts, a PhD in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, and ongoing research on meditation.

 

The Loss of Sayadaw U Pandita

Friends,

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