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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.

Jun
11
Fri
SEEING SECURITY EVERYWHERE: Finding Refuge in the Storm of Uncertainty (2021) @ Online
Jun 11 – Jun 20 all-day

Rainbow over the Ocean at Hapu’u bay in North Kohala

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.

 

Jun
13
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Jun 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 (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:
Jun
20
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Jun 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 (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:
Jun
27
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Jun 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 (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:
Jul
4
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Jul 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 (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:
Jul
11
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Jul 11 @ 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:
Jul
18
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Jul 18 @ 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:
Jul
25
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Jul 25 @ 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
1
Sun
Vipassana Hawaiʻi Sunday Sitting ~ Online @ Online via Zoom
Aug 1 @ 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
6
Fri
CLARIFYING THE MIND – Weekend 1 – Kayanupassana – Contemplation of the Body @ Online
Aug 6 – Aug 8 all-day

Clarifying the Mind

A Month-Long Practice Period

in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

1st Weekend ONLINE Session

KAYA – BODY

~ August 6-8 ~

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

  • 7am  Walking Meditation
  • 10am  Sitting with Instructions
  • 2pm  Q&A Session
  • 4pm  Metta Chanting and Sit

Sunday

  • 7am  Walking Meditation
  • 10am  Sitting with Instructions
  • 2pm  Sitting, Talk, Q&A
  • 4pm 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

 

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.