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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.

Aug
6
Fri
CLARIFYING THE MIND- A Month-Long Vipassana Practice Period @ Online
Aug 6 – Sep 3 all-day

Clarifying the Mind

A Month-Long Practice Period

in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

~ August 6th – September 3rd, 2021 ~

in 4 Weekend ONLINE Sessions

~ August 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 ~

or

or 4 Weeklong ONLINE Sessions

~ August 6-13, 13-20, 20-27, 27-Sept 3 ~

with Michele McDonald, Steven Smith, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey, and Darine Monroy

Clarifying the Mind is a month-long practice period that will take place in the during the month of August 2021.

People are invited to join for Full-Time Intensive Retreat options or Weekend-Only options.

  • Weekend yogis are invited to register for any or all of the 4 Weekend sessions.
  • Full-Time Intensive Retreat yogis are invited to continue the weekendʻs teachings into the week, supported by interviews and Q&A sessions. Yogis can sit in this supported self-retreat format for any of the 4 weeklong periods within that month or for the entire month.

The Full-time Intensive Retreat option is only open to yogis who have previously sat multi-day in-person retreats with Vipassana Hawaii teachers.

Teachings

The Buddha taught his students to train the mind on the direct observation of all phenomenon that can be directly experienced. Through this observation, we come to see that all conditioned experiences are impermanent, undependable, and without essential selfhood. These insights into the nature of reality are what lead to the disentanglement and liberation of mind and heart.

But it is hard to observe all this phenomena clearly! So the Buddha broke down the training into 4 spheres of observation: body, feeling-tone, mind, and dhammas. Body (kaya) consists of all the direct experiencs of physicality, often classically observed in terms of the descriptive elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Feeling-tone (vedana) is the mental quality of pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral that arises in concurrence with each physical or mental sensation. Mind (citta) is the experience of all that is non-material: emotions, thoughts, knowing, imagining, etc. Dhammas are categories of phenomena that are often understood as describing how all these experiences are related to one another and form a chain of causal events that lead to our sense of “me” and “mine” – and the way out of it.

Our time will consist of an array of approaches to practicing in these various fields of awareness – bolstered by the power of the brahma viharas – love, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity.

 

Weekend Program Schedule will Be:

All Times Hawaiʻi – All sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing

Friday

  • 2pm evening Dhamma Talk

Saturday

  • 6am  Walking Meditation
  • 8am Walking Meditation
  • 10am  Sitting with Instructions
  • 2pm  Q&A Session
  • 3:30pm  Metta Chanting and Sit

Sunday

  • 6am  Walking Meditation
  • 8am Walking Meditation
  • 10am  Sitting with Instructions
  • 2pm  Q&A Session
  • 3:30pm  Metta Chanting and Sit

Additional

  • Recorded Instructions will also be available

Intensive Retreat Yogis:

  • Will be invited to join each of the weekend programs
  • Are expected to be mainly in silence – on a period of intensive retreat – during their chosen period.
  • Will be offered 2 interviews each week with a teacher (Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11-1pm Hawaiʻi Time – with some flexibility for yogis in distant time zones)
  • Will be offered a Q&A Session as a group each week with a teacher. (Wednesdays at 2pm Hawaiʻi Time)
  • Will be otherwise self-directed during the weekdays

The Basic Program Schedule will be as follows:

August 6-8 (and following week)

KAYANUPASSANA / CONTEMPLATION OF THE BODY

*

August 13-15 (and following week)

VEDANANUPASSANA / CONTEMPLATION OF THE BODY

*

August 20-22 (and following week)

CITTANUPASSANA / CONTEMPLATION OF THE MIND

*

August  27-29 (and following week)

DHAMMANUPASSANA / CONTEMPLATION OF DHAMMAS

*

August 3rd (Full-Time Yogis Only)

INTEGRATION / CLOSING

 

Please Note: We are limiting each full week to a maximum of 20 yogis and protecting spaces for those that can register for multiple weeks. If a weeklong session is full at the time of your registration, please let us know of your interest – and if spaces open up because of fewer month-long yogis, we will let you know.

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

 

Scholarships

All fees for the program will go to sustaining the basic needs of the organization. NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.

You may pay the full price upon registration OR register for a scholarship amount that matches your budget. IF YOU REGISTER WITH A SCHOLARSHIP, PLEASE CONSIDER ADDING AN ADDITIONAL DONATION AT THE END OF THE REGISTRATION PROCESS. Please be aware that this open-payment system is an experiment and a risk for us. It will certainly require those who can afford to pay more than the base price do so in order to expand our ability to provide Dhamma to those who cannot.

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 mailing a check at the end of the retreat or online here.

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.

Aug
20
Fri
CLARIFYING THE MIND – Weekend 3 – Cittanupassana – Contemplation of Mind @ Online
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day

Clarifying the Mind

A Month-Long Practice Period

in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

~ August 6th – September 3rd, 2021 ~

3rd Weekend ONLINE Session

CITTA / MIND

~ August  20-22 ~

with Michele McDonald, Steven Smith, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey, and Darine Monroy

Clarifying the Mind is a month-long practice period that will take place in the during the month of August 2021.

People are invited to join for Full-Time Intensive Retreat options or Weekend-Only options.

  • Weekend yogis are invited to register for any or all of the 4 Weekend sessions.
  • Full-Time Intensive Retreat yogis are invited to continue the weekendʻs teachings into the week, supported by interviews and Q&A sessions. Yogis can sit in this supported self-retreat format for any of the 4 weeklong periods within that month or for the entire month.

The Full-time Intensive Retreat option is only open to yogis who have previously sat multi-day in-person retreats with Vipassana Hawaii teachers.

Teachings

The Buddha taught his students to train the mind on the direct observation of all phenomenon that can be directly experienced. Through this observation, we come to see that all conditioned experiences are impermanent, undependable, and without essential selfhood. These insights into the nature of reality are what lead to the disentanglement and liberation of mind and heart.

But it is hard to observe all this phenomena clearly! So the Buddha broke down the training into 4 spheres of observation: body, feeling-tone, mind, and dhammas. Body (kaya) consists of all the direct experiencs of physicality, often classically observed in terms of the descriptive elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Feeling-tone (vedana) is the mental quality of pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral that arises in concurrence with each physical or mental sensation. Mind (citta) is the experience of all that is non-material: emotions, thoughts, knowing, imagining, etc. Dhammas are categories of phenomena that are often understood as describing how all these experiences are related to one another and form a chain of causal events that lead to our sense of “me” and “mine” – and the way out of it.

Our time will consist of an array of approaches to practicing in these various fields of awareness – bolstered by the power of the brahma viharas – love, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity.

 

Weekend Program Schedule will Be:

All Times Hawaiʻi – All sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing

Friday

  • 2pm evening Dhamma Talk

Saturday

  • 6am  Walking Meditation
  • 8am Walking Meditation
  • 10am  Sitting with Instructions
  • 2pm  Q&A Session
  • 3:30pm  Metta Chanting and Sit

Sunday

  • 6am  Walking Meditation
  • 8am Walking Meditation
  • 10am  Sitting with Instructions
  • 2pm  Q&A Session
  • 3:30pm  Metta Chanting and Sit

 

Additional

  • Recorded Instructions will also be available

Intensive Retreat Yogis:

  • Will be invited to join each of the weekend programs
  • Are expected to be mainly in silence – on a period of intensive retreat – during their chosen period.
  • Will be offered 2 interviews each week with a teacher (Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11-1pm Hawaiʻi Time – with some flexibility for yogis in distant time zones)
  • Will be offered a Q&A Session as a group each week with a teacher. (Wednesdays at 2pm Hawaiʻi Time)
  • Will be otherwise self-directed during the weekdays

The Basic Program Schedule will be as follows:

August 20-22

CITTANUPASSANA / CONTEMPLATION OF THE MIND

 

Please Note: We are limiting each full week to a maximum of 20 yogis and protecting spaces for those that can register for multiple weeks. If a weeklong session is full at the time of your registration, please let us know of your interest – and if spaces open up because of fewer month-long yogis, we will let you know.

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

 

Scholarships

All fees for the program will go to sustaining the basic needs of the organization. NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.

You may pay the full price upon registration OR register for a scholarship amount that matches your budget. IF YOU REGISTER WITH A SCHOLARSHIP, PLEASE CONSIDER ADDING AN ADDITIONAL DONATION AT THE END OF THE REGISTRATION PROCESS. Please be aware that this open-payment system is an experiment and a risk for us. It will certainly require those who can afford to pay more than the base price do so in order to expand our ability to provide Dhamma to those who cannot.

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 mailing a check at the end of the retreat or online here.

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.

Aug
22
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Aug 22 @ 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 (All Times Hawaii / GMT-10):

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:
Aug
27
Fri
CLARIFYING THE MIND – Weekend 4 – Dhammanupassana – Contemplation of Dhammas @ online
Aug 27 – Aug 29 all-day

Clarifying the Mind

A Month-Long Practice Period

in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

~ August 6th – September 3rd, 2021 ~

4th Weekend ONLINE Session

DHAMMAS

~ August 27-29 ~

with Michele McDonald, Steven Smith, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey, and Darine Monroy

Clarifying the Mind is a month-long practice period that will take place in the during the month of August 2021.

People are invited to join for Full-Time Intensive Retreat options or Weekend-Only options.

  • Weekend yogis are invited to register for any or all of the 4 Weekend sessions.
  • Full-Time Intensive Retreat yogis are invited to continue the weekendʻs teachings into the week, supported by interviews and Q&A sessions. Yogis can sit in this supported self-retreat format for any of the 4 weeklong periods within that month or for the entire month.

The Full-time Intensive Retreat option is only open to yogis who have previously sat multi-day in-person retreats with Vipassana Hawaii teachers.

Teachings

The Buddha taught his students to train the mind on the direct observation of all phenomenon that can be directly experienced. Through this observation, we come to see that all conditioned experiences are impermanent, undependable, and without essential selfhood. These insights into the nature of reality are what lead to the disentanglement and liberation of mind and heart.

But it is hard to observe all this phenomena clearly! So the Buddha broke down the training into 4 spheres of observation: body, feeling-tone, mind, and dhammas. Body (kaya) consists of all the direct experiencs of physicality, often classically observed in terms of the descriptive elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Feeling-tone (vedana) is the mental quality of pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral that arises in concurrence with each physical or mental sensation. Mind (citta) is the experience of all that is non-material: emotions, thoughts, knowing, imagining, etc. Dhammas are categories of phenomena that are often understood as describing how all these experiences are related to one another and form a chain of causal events that lead to our sense of “me” and “mine” – and the way out of it.

Our time will consist of an array of approaches to practicing in these various fields of awareness – bolstered by the power of the brahma viharas – love, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity

 

Weekend Program Schedule will Be:

All Times Hawaiʻi – All sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing

Friday

  • 2pm evening Dhamma Talk

Saturday

  • 6am  Walking Meditation
  • 8am Walking Meditation
  • 10am  Sitting with Instructions
  • 2pm  Q&A Session
  • 3:30pm  Metta Chanting and Sit

Sunday

  • 6am  Walking Meditation
  • 8am Walking Meditation
  • 10am  Sitting with Instructions
  • 2pm  Q&A Session
  • 3:30pm  Metta Chanting and Sit

 

Additional

  • Recorded Instructions will also be available

Intensive Retreat Yogis:

  • Will be invited to join each of the weekend programs
  • Are expected to be mainly in silence – on a period of intensive retreat – during their chosen period.
  • Will be offered 2 interviews each week with a teacher (Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11-1pm Hawaiʻi Time – with some flexibility for yogis in distant time zones)
  • Will be offered a Q&A Session as a group each week with a teacher. (Wednesdays at 2pm Hawaiʻi Time)
  • Will be otherwise self-directed during the weekdays

The Basic Program Schedule will be as follows:

August  27-29

DHAMMANUPASSANA / CONTEMPLATION OF DHAMMAS

 

Please Note: We are limiting each full week to a maximum of 20 yogis and protecting spaces for those that can register for multiple weeks. If a weeklong session is full at the time of your registration, please let us know of your interest – and if spaces open up because of fewer month-long yogis, we will let you know.

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

 

Scholarships

All fees for the program will go to sustaining the basic needs of the organization. NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.

You may pay the full price upon registration OR register for a scholarship amount that matches your budget. IF YOU REGISTER WITH A SCHOLARSHIP, PLEASE CONSIDER ADDING AN ADDITIONAL DONATION AT THE END OF THE REGISTRATION PROCESS. Please be aware that this open-payment system is an experiment and a risk for us. It will certainly require those who can afford to pay more than the base price do so in order to expand our ability to provide Dhamma to those who cannot.

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 mailing a check at the end of the retreat or online here.

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.

Aug
29
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Aug 29 @ 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 (All Times Hawaii / GMT-10):

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
5
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Sep 5 @ 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 (All Times Hawaii / GMT-10):

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
12
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Sep 12 @ 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 (All Times Hawaii / GMT-10):

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
19
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Sep 19 @ 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 (All Times Hawaii / GMT-10):

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
26
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Sep 26 @ 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 (All Times Hawaii / GMT-10):

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
3
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Oct 3 @ 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 (All Times Hawaii / GMT-10):

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: