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Vipassana Hawai‘i offers a variety of programs aligned with Buddhist Theravada 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.
This 7-day supported self-retreat will be run via Zoom. This course is designed for Steven and co-teacher Darine to support yogis to do a retreat at home, with as much participation in a silent container as they can-given their particular home circumstances. The request is that yogis shift from their daily life schedule to a home retreat. The expectation is that yogis participate in the guided sittings, interviews, Dharma talks and as much of a home meditation retreat schedule as they can.
Dhamma: Pure, Deep, and Simple
An Online Meditation Retreat
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.
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.
SEEING SECURITY EVERYWHERE:
Finding Refuge in the Storm of Uncertainty
June 11-20, 2021
Online Intensive Meditation Retreat
with Michele McDonald, Steven Smith, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey,
Pari Ruengvisesh, and Darine Monroy
In the Attadanada Sutta, the Buddha is quoted as saying,
Not harsh, not greedy, not perturbed, everywhere in tune:
This is the reward — I say when asked — for those who are free from pre-conceptions.
For one unperturbed — who understands — there is no accumulating.
Abstaining, unaroused, they see security everywhere.
Join this group of teachers for a supported Self-Retreat during this period of time where the unresolved harm of the past, the instability of the present and the undependability of the future has been brought into intense focus. How can we find peace amid the volatility, compassion amid the tragedy, loving kindness amid the anger? During this era of tumult, possibility, hope and fear, we encourage our students to take the time to heed the call into silence and exploration – to use it as an opportunity to develop the beautiful qualities of mind that we know are available to us in any moment but which do not arise easily without training.