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CALENDAR

* BLACK LIVES MATTER *

It is obvious. It is urgent.

Because statements matter less than action, we simply want to make it clear that we are open to invitation and direction from black leadership on ways we can use our skill set and infrastructure to support the ongoing work of the movement to defend black lives.

All inquiries can be sent here

May we be free from all forms suffering and oppression. May we be or service to the spiritual and social liberation of all beings.

PROGRAMS

Vipassana Hawai‘i offers a variety of programs aligned with Buddhist Theravadic teachings in Hawai‘i, the US mainland, Canada, and Southeast Asia. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi, we provide a diverse range of practice opportunities throughout the year. Click through to learn more about us, or to join our Hawai‘i sangha online for our Sunday sittings.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most in-person programs for this year have been cancelled. Please check in for updates to our online offerings.

Sep
4
Fri
Peaceful and Free: Renunciation, Kindness, and the End of Grasping @ Online
Sep 4 – Sep 13 all-day

PEACEFUL AND FREE:

Renunciation, Kindness, and the End of Grasping

Septeber 4-13, 2020

Online Intensive Vipassana Meditation Retreat

with Michele McDonald, Steven Smith, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey,

Pari Ruengviseh, and Darine Monroy

(This retreat is open only to students who have sat a multi-day in-person retreat with at least one of these teachers)

***

When you’re dedicated to renunciation
and seclusion of the heart;
when you’re dedicated to kindness
and the end of grasping;

when you’re dedicated to the ending of craving
and clarity of heart;
and you’ve seen the arising of the senses,
your mind is rightly freed.

For that one, rightly freed,
a mendicant with peaceful mind,
there’s nothing to be improved,
and nothing more to do.

As the wind cannot stir
a solid mass of rock,
so too sights, tastes, sounds,
smells, and touches—the lot—

and thoughts, whether liked or disliked,
don’t disturb the poised one.
Their mind is steady and free
as they observe disappearance.

~Sona Sutta AN 6.55

Many of us find ourselves perpetually tossed around by the tumult of the vicissitudes of life. The flux of pleasure, pain, gain, loss, praise, blame, fame, disrepute keeps us unbalanced and anxious. We grasp onto pleasure to create security in joy. We defend against the unpleasant to find safety. We delude ourselves in fantasy to avoid the hardship of life. These tactics are understandable but they do not ulitmately provide safety. In the end, they recreate the dynamics of our own suffering and oppression.

The Buddha taught a radical and simple approach to investigative, tender relationship with all of the experiences of the senses in order to liberate ourselves through the understanding of their nature as impermanant, undependable, and selfless. Through this practice of mindful presence with all phenomena we encounter the possibility of peace – of a mind and heart freed from the disturbances of attachment and aversion.

Join this dedicated group of teachers and fellow-travellers as we create together the protective conditions and apply the practical approach of liberation in this very life. This is a supported self-retreat where you will be largely responsibible for protecting the conditions of your own practice. Teachers and sangha will be there to provide structure, instruction, and support for your journey.

While your individual daily schedule may vary from other yogis, every participant in this online course will be offered:

~ Daily practice instructions

~ Interviews

~ Dhamma talks

~ Group chanting in the evenings

Instructions, talks, and chanting will be offered live and will also be recorded so that yogis in various time zones can listen and watch at their convenience.

We understand that the conditions of seclusion may vary greatly for all of us and so we cannot expect the same degree of support that we might have at a retreat center. Part of the value of self-retreat is the ability to integrate our practice into our daily lives. At the same time it is very easy for the protection of the container to fall apart entirely and without that protection our practice will not have the conditions in which to flourish. Please take the conditions of your life seriously during the period of this retreat and be honest in your decision about which track to sign up for.

***

This retreat will allow for 2 tracks of participation:

1. Full-time yogi. Full-time yogis are expected to commit to a protected period of renunciation and seclusion during your time on retreat. This includes the capacity to mostly stay in silence during their days, and not have any major work, family, or outside responsibilities. We understand that given the reality of their lives, yogis will likely need to cook, clean, and maybe answer a few emails, etc from time to time. Nevertheless, their fundamental orientation for this time should be as yogis. Full time yogis will be included in the regularly scheduled interview process and will be invited to ask questions during any Q&A sessions that may be offered.

2. Part-time yogi. Part-time yogis can enjoy all of the online meditation sessions with instructions and in silence and are invited to come to the Dhamma Offerings each evening. Understanding the reality of daily life, these yogis can spend a large portion of their time attending to household responsibilities or work needs as may be required. Part-time yogis will not be included on the interview schedule and are asked to refrain from asking questions during any Q&A periods. We will try to accommodate separate Q&A sessions if possible.

***

This retreat is only open to students of Steven, Michele, Jesse, Pari, and Darine who have sat multi-day in-person retreat courses with them in the past.

We will be offering a shorter online program this fall for new students.

Please contact Vipassana Hawaii with any questions you may have regarding your participation.

If you are experiencing financial hardship and need scholarship support, please contact us.

We look forward to supporting you in the ways we know best during these challenging times.

Teacher Dana

In accordance with tradition, all Vipassana Hawai’i internationally respected teachers offer their teachings free of charge and are supported through the freely-offered generosity of students and supporters. Costs associated with retreats cover the growing expenses associated with online services, online storage, broadcasting equipment, and website administration – but do not support teacher time, training, effort, or energy. We believe that this commitment helps keep the purity of the teachings alive and thriving, as it has for millennia. They do not collect salaries in keeping with the time-honored tradition of sharing openly the chance for peace. This allows us to keep our registration fees as low as possible but also means that the livelihood of our teachers is precarious. As a result, we strive to give back in any for – including monetarily – so that they may continue their endeavors and share their wisdom. Vipassana Teachers must be supported in this way if we are to keep this tradition alive, healthy, and with integrity in the modern era. Dana, or generosity, can be offered by cash or check at the end of the retreat or online here.

Please note our Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel less than 14 days prior to the event, unfortunately we cannot afford to offer a refund. Last-minute cancellations are costly and usually mean that others whom we have already turned away can no longer attend the retreat.

Sep
6
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Sep 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Vipassana Hawaiʻi teachers for an online Sunday Sitting program

It is a wonderful way to connect with community, practice together, hear the teachings, and deepen our understanding of the Dhamma.

Our teachers will take turns each week guiding meditation, offering talks, and taking the lead on questions.

The program schedule will be:

2:00 PM
Guided Meditation
2:30 PM
Dhamma Talk
3:00 PM
Q&A
*
Once you register, the link for the Zoom meeting along with the password will be sent to you.
*
Our Sunday Sittings are free and open to the public.
*
Please remember that, in accordance with tradition and out of an inspiration to protect the integrity of our teaching lineage, our teachers do not charge money for their offerings. They are supported entirely by dana: the freely offered generosity of students and supporters.
*
At any time, monetary donations to the teaching team can be made online here:
Sep
13
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Sep 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Vipassana Hawaiʻi teachers for an online Sunday Sitting program

It is a wonderful way to connect with community, practice together, hear the teachings, and deepen our understanding of the Dhamma.

Our teachers will take turns each week guiding meditation, offering talks, and taking the lead on questions.

The program schedule will be:

2:00 PM
Guided Meditation
2:30 PM
Dhamma Talk
3:00 PM
Q&A
*
Once you register, the link for the Zoom meeting along with the password will be sent to you.
*
Our Sunday Sittings are free and open to the public.
*
Please remember that, in accordance with tradition and out of an inspiration to protect the integrity of our teaching lineage, our teachers do not charge money for their offerings. They are supported entirely by dana: the freely offered generosity of students and supporters.
*
At any time, monetary donations to the teaching team can be made online here:
Sep
20
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Vipassana Hawaiʻi teachers for an online Sunday Sitting program

It is a wonderful way to connect with community, practice together, hear the teachings, and deepen our understanding of the Dhamma.

Our teachers will take turns each week guiding meditation, offering talks, and taking the lead on questions.

The program schedule will be:

2:00 PM
Guided Meditation
2:30 PM
Dhamma Talk
3:00 PM
Q&A
*
Once you register, the link for the Zoom meeting along with the password will be sent to you.
*
Our Sunday Sittings are free and open to the public.
*
Please remember that, in accordance with tradition and out of an inspiration to protect the integrity of our teaching lineage, our teachers do not charge money for their offerings. They are supported entirely by dana: the freely offered generosity of students and supporters.
*
At any time, monetary donations to the teaching team can be made online here:
Sep
27
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Vipassana Hawaiʻi teachers for an online Sunday Sitting program

It is a wonderful way to connect with community, practice together, hear the teachings, and deepen our understanding of the Dhamma.

Our teachers will take turns each week guiding meditation, offering talks, and taking the lead on questions.

The program schedule will be:

2:00 PM
Guided Meditation
2:30 PM
Dhamma Talk
3:00 PM
Q&A
*
Once you register, the link for the Zoom meeting along with the password will be sent to you.
*
Our Sunday Sittings are free and open to the public.
*
Please remember that, in accordance with tradition and out of an inspiration to protect the integrity of our teaching lineage, our teachers do not charge money for their offerings. They are supported entirely by dana: the freely offered generosity of students and supporters.
*
At any time, monetary donations to the teaching team can be made online here:
Oct
4
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Vipassana Hawaiʻi teachers for an online Sunday Sitting program

It is a wonderful way to connect with community, practice together, hear the teachings, and deepen our understanding of the Dhamma.

Our teachers will take turns each week guiding meditation, offering talks, and taking the lead on questions.

The program schedule will be:

2:00 PM
Guided Meditation
2:30 PM
Dhamma Talk
3:00 PM
Q&A
*
Once you register, the link for the Zoom meeting along with the password will be sent to you.
*
Our Sunday Sittings are free and open to the public.
*
Please remember that, in accordance with tradition and out of an inspiration to protect the integrity of our teaching lineage, our teachers do not charge money for their offerings. They are supported entirely by dana: the freely offered generosity of students and supporters.
*
At any time, monetary donations to the teaching team can be made online here:
Nov
27
Fri
Dhamma: Deep, Pure, and Simple – 2020 (online) @ online
Nov 27 – Dec 2 all-day

Dhamma: Pure, Deep, and Simple

An Online Meditation Retreat

with

Steven Smith, Michele McDonald, and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

November 27 – December 2, 2020

Come receive a pure and powerful Dhamma teaching and engage in the practice that awakens deeply embodied wisdom and kindness.

Our minds all have the ability to pierce through the delusions that enshroud us and to abide in the truth of reality in ways that are tender, clear, strong, and wise. But it will not happen on its own. It takes dedicated time and practice and the protective conditions under which we can meaningfully explore the nature of mind and body – and of our resistance to it.

Join this dedicated group of teachers and fellow-yogis for an intensive period of self-retreat supported by a range of online offerings. While your daily schedule will be largely up to you to decide, the program will also include:

~ Daily practice instructions

~ Dhamma talks

~ Q&A Sessions

~ Group chanting in the evenings

Instructions, talks, and chanting will be offered live and will also be recorded so that yogis in various time zones can listen and watch at their convenience.

We understand that the conditions of seclusion may vary between all of us and so we cannot expect the same degree of support that we might have at a retreat center. Part of the value of self-retreat is the ability to integrate our practice into our daily lives. At the same time it is very easy for the protection of the container to fall apart entirely and without that protection our practice will not have the conditions in which to flourish. But this is a period of renunciation and we expect that all participants respect the shared commitment of the other yogis during this time.

We ask that all participants be committed to the basic parameters of silence during this retreat and not have significant obligations outside of your responsibilities as a yogi.

This means not engaging socially, reading the news, engaging in outside work, etc. Of course there may be small chores of cooking and cleaning or the unexpected life situation that we may have to respond to. But in order to participate in the retreat, we ask that all retreatants maintain a baseline of silence and renunciation.

***

Please contact Vipassana Hawaii with any questions you may have regarding your participation.

We look forward to supporting you in the ways we know best during these challenging times.

If you are experiencing financial hardship and need scholarship support, please contact us.

Teacher Dana

In accordance with tradition, all Vipassana Hawai’i internationally respected teachers offer their teachings free of charge and are supported through the freely-offered generosity of students and supporters. Costs associated with retreats cover the growing expenses associated with online services, online storage, broadcasting equipment, and website administration – but do not support teacher time, training, effort, or energy. We believe that this commitment helps keep the purity of the teachings alive and thriving, as it has for millennia. They do not collect salaries in keeping with the time-honored tradition of sharing openly the chance for peace. This allows us to keep our registration fees as low as possible but also means that the livelihood of our teachers is precarious. As a result, we strive to give back in any for – including monetarily – so that they may continue their endeavors and share their wisdom. Vipassana Teachers must be supported in this way if we are to keep this tradition alive, healthy, and with integrity in the modern era. Dana, or generosity, can be offered by cash or check at the end of the retreat or online here.

Please note our Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel less than 14 days prior to the event, unfortunately we cannot afford to offer a refund. Last-minute cancellations are costly and usually mean that others whom we have already turned away can no longer attend the retreat.

Dec
11
Fri
A Lei of Inner Beauty @ Kohala Institute at ʻIole
Dec 11 – Dec 13 all-day

“In this world there is no greater adornment than purity of conduct, no greater refuge, and no other basis for the flowering of insight and wisdom. Ethical conduct brings a beauty that is not plastered onto the outside, but instead comes from the heart and is reflected in the entire person. Suitable for everyone, regardless of age, station or circumstance, truly it is the adornment for all seasons.”

   ~ Sayadaw U Pandita, the great Burmese Buddhist Meditation master

May Day ~ Lei Day is a time of celebration and renewal. It is a time to bring forth the goodness in ourselves and share it with the world.

Join Vipassana Hawaiʻi Resident Teacher Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey for a weekend in silent meditation where we will carefully string our lei of inner beauty moment by moment through a clear and caring relationship with the experience of body and mind.

Vipassana (Insight) meditation was developed in the ancient teachings of the Buddha who sought to help liberate beings from suffering.

~ With a commitment to ethical conduct we build the foundation of our spiritual journey.

~ Through the cultivation of concentration and mindfulness we come to see the nature of phenomena in a way that unravels our attachment, aversion, and delusion in regards to experience.

~ By developing the divine abodes of lovingkindness, compassion, appreciation, and equanimity we create a balanced mind whose peaceful love for the joys and hardships of the world is unhindered by preference.

Guidance in sitting and walking meditation will be offered as well as daily Dhamma talks to help integrate the practice into our lives.

We will be supported by the beautiful historic campus of the Kohala Institute at ʻIole which has become a vital part of the North Kohala Community.

At the close of the retreat, all yogis are invited to come to tour the nearby land of Vipassana Hawaiʻi where we soon hope to build a temple and community contemplative space!