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The Legacy of Sayadaw U Lakkhana ~ MettaDana at 20 years

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Dear Friends,

As you likely know, Sayadaw U Lakkhana, abbot of the Kyaswa Monastery and compassionate inspiration for the MettaDana project passed away earlier this spring. Sayadaw’s death inspired the full range of emotions for all of us involved in these projects in Burma – grief at our loss, appreciation for all he offered us over the years, joy for the goodness that he shared with so many, and concern for the future of Wachet village, for which he was a major benefactor.

Before he died, Sayadaw exhorted us to continue the Kyaswa retreat at the monastery and continue to endeavor in support of his vision for ongoing humanitarian work in the village of Wachet and the surrounding region. We promised to continue the retreat and to honor and support his good works in Wachet and beyond, inspired by a deep motivation to keep his vision for the Kyaswa retreat and the MettaDana work alive. Read more

Long retreat for Michele McDonald

MDmicheledanaWe are republishing a letter from Rebecca Bradshaw, Guiding teacher, Pioneer Valley Insight Meditation Center, which we first posted October 16, 2013. Michele will be in retreat until mid-April. 

Dear Friends: Our wonderful teacher Michele McDonald is taking the next six months for an intensive period of retreat in an effort to renew and deepen her practice. Michele has guided many of us with wisdom and great love for a long time and hasn’t managed to arrange a retreat of this length for herself in almost 30 years! It is something she has aspired to do since she first began practicing. We now have a chance to support her in this endeavor. Since she will have no income during this time, each and every donation from us will support her to deepen her practice and rejuvenate her body. I hope you will join me in expressing gratitude by making whatever contribution you can, knowing that not only will you be supporting Michele directly, you will also be contributing to the continuation of the Dhamma in all of her future teaching. ~ Rebecca Bradshaw, Pioneer Valley Insight Meditation Center.

Checks can be sent to Vipassana Hawai‘i, earmarked for Michele, c/o PO Box 551681, Kapa‘au, Hawai‘i 96755, or you may make an online donation.