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Living with a Smile


July 21 – 29, 2017

Living with a Smile: Nine Day Vipassana Meditation

With Grahame White

and Yoga with Sarah

Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

When we look at a statue of the Buddha, the image of Buddha is always depicted with a slight smile. A smile of a mind filled with personal peace. The Buddha discovered through his own practice that it is possible to put an end to conflict and stress in our lives through the cultivation of awareness and wisdom. During this 9 day retreat we will be walking in the Buddha’s path – practicing SATIPATTHANA VIPASSANA MEDITATION (Insight meditation) so we can experience a personal peace and LIVE WITH A SMILE. This retreat includes Yoga in the afternoon.

This course will be suitable for both beginners and those with more experience – All are welcome!

Register here now.

Grahame White has been involved in Buddhist meditation practice for over 40 years. He began his study in England in 1969 before being ordained as a Buddhist monk for one year in BodhGaya, India in 1971. He took a primary role in the establishment of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw in Australia and co-founded the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Center outside Sydney. Now, Grahame leads introductory and day long courses in Sydney and regularly teaches longer intensive retreats in the US. Grahame has been leading and co-teaching retreats with Sayadw U Lakkhana, Steven Smith and Michele McDonald, as well as helping to guide the Hawai’i sangha in its ongoing practice. He has also helped pioneer a workshop format that enhances the transfer of mindfulness from the formal sitting practice into daily life. Grahame returns to Myanmar (Burma) each year in order to deepen his practice and study of the Buddha’s teachings and at times assist in the teaching of Vipassana retreats for foreigners. Grahame teaches a classical tradition of insight meditation with a relaxed, accessible style.

The yoga practise Sarah shares is inspired by her studies with her teacher Rosella Baroncini,  (a student of Vanda Scaravelli), and the practise of mindfulness.  In essence, we are simply paying attention to the sensations in the body during movement -whether it is the movement of the breath or the movement of the body,- in a relaxed, attentive, kind way.  The practise is one of simple movements and poses, attention to natural breathing, and developing a deep, kind embodied presence – so that the practise is a seamless element with the rest of the retreat and offers greater embodiment throughout your daily practise.  It is suitable and adaptable for all.

Teaching on Lanai


Join Resident Teacher Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey for an evening Dhamma Program

    The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Wednesday, May 3 ~ 5-7pm
Lanai Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

1364 Fraser Ave. Lanai City, HI 96763

In the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha describes the use of 4 Foundations of Mindfulness to develop liberating insight into the nature of all phenomena. Join Jesse for a guided meditation followed by a talk on the topic and a discussion on the challenges and possibilities we face in our practice. This evening’s program is offered free of charge. Please call 650 922-6044 for more information.

Jesse is resident teacher on Hawaii Island for Vipassana Hawai’i. His teaching aims to inspire the skills, determination, and faith necessary to realize the deepest human freedom. A student of Michele McDonald, his approach is rooted in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma and encourages an exploration of the relationship between ethics, insight, and action.

Dana – In accordance with tradition, all Vipassana Hawai’i teachers offer their guidance and teachings free of charge and are supported through the freely-offered generosity of students and supporters. We believe that this commitment helps keep the purity of the teachings alive and thriving, as it has for millennia. Please consider supporting the teacher in whatever way you can.

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Changed to a weekend retreat.


An update on Kayanupassana: Contemplation of the Body with Care retreat with Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey, our Hawai’i resident teacher. This retreat is now a weekend retreat April 28 – 30, in order to accommodate the needs of the community, and those who can only attend a weekend retreat can attend. Register on line for this right away.

And don’t forget about July 21 – 29, Living with a Smile: Nine Day Vipassana Meditation retreat with guiding teacher, Grahame White.

Also, save the date October 13 -15 with Anushka Fernandopulle.

Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation


July 26 – August 4, 2017

Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, New Mexico

Develop your heart’s capacity for clarity and kindness with this unique integration of Metta (lovingkindness) and Vipassana (insight) practices. Experience the richness of quietude in the beautiful Vallecitos wilderness while cultivating the wisdom of Vipassana and the tenderness of the 4 Brahma Viharas: Unconditional Love, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Equanimity.

   Casita Cabin

   Tent Cabin