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Weekend retreat in April

April 27 – 29, 2018

Kayanupassana: Contemplation of the Body with Care 

With Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

The Sacred Falls International Meditation Center, Hauula, Hawai’i

Now open for registration.

The body can be the source of great pleasure and great pain and therefore the root of great attachment and aversion. The Buddha showed it can also be used as a field for the cultivation of wisdom and compassion. Join Jesse for this intensive silent vipassana meditation retreat where we will emphasize an approach toward liberation using a mindful and kind-hearted relationship with the manifold experiences of the body. Training with breath, the 4 elements, and touch-points throughout the body will help develop a profound understanding of the nature of life bolstered by lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

Online Course with Michele McDonald

We want you to know about a wonderful 6 week online meditation course beginning on January 15 that Michele McDonald is offering with Tricyle Magazine! The focus of the course is on her original teachings of R.A.I.N and D.R.O.P. ~ a practical guide to exploring the breadth and depth of mindfulness.

Michele was inspired to offer these teachings as a way to reach more people who are trying to find a deeper peace in their lives and we hope you can take advantage of the opportunity. All of Michele’s portion of the proceeds from the course will be going to Vipassana Hawai`i’s MettaDana projects to support the Rohingya people who are encountering terrible crisis in and around Burma.

If you cannot take the course yourself, you can offer it as a gift to someone else, knowing that it will be of great benefit to them and also be helping the Rohingya people.

The final class offers a special lesson in walking meditation on Vipassana Hawai`i’s beautiful North Kohala land on the northern tip of the Big Island of Hawai`i.

We truly hope you will enjoy it!

To learn more and to register click here!

Our next retreat is coming soon, sign up now.

Our next retreat on O’ahu Finding Peace and Balance in your life through the practices of Loving-kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity with Bhante Buddharakkhita February 23 to March 3, 2018, is open for registration. Bhante Buddharakkhita was one of the core teachers for the three month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts this year. If you haven’t heard of Bhante Buddharakkhita, you can find some of his Dhamma talks here:

Ven. Bhante Buddharakkhita was born in Uganda, Africa. He first encountered Buddhism in 1990, while studying in India. After living in Asia for seven years, Bhante decided to continue his meditation practice at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts. In November 2002 he received higher ordination by his Preceptor the late Venerable Sayadaw U Silananda at Tathagata Meditation Center, California. He continued his meditation practice and teacher training under the guidance of Ven. Bhante Gunaratana for eight years at the Bhavana Society, West Virginia. Author of Planting Dhamma Seeds, founder of the Uganda Buddhist Centre, Uganda, and the Spiritual Adviser of Flowering Lotus Meditation Center, Mississippi, Bhante teaches meditation in the United States, Europe and worldwide.

Come Retreat on the Island of Lanai.

November 10 – 12, 2017

 Protecting the Sacred in Difficult Times

A weekend Vipassana Meditation Retreat

With Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Lanai Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Lanai, HI

Join resident teacher Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey for a weekend retreat on the wonderful island of Lanai. During our time together we will be in silence,  learning about the practices and principles of vipassana: mindfulness, concentration, and kindness offered in our tradition to stabilize the mind and gain powerful insight into the nature of life to help us alleviate suffering. We will take our inspiration from the members of the Lanai Hongwanji community, who once had to protect their sacred altar from confiscation or destruction during WWII. We will learn about their powerful story and use it as an example of how we must all protect our most sacred places of the heart when confronted by threats and challenges in life or within our own minds. This retreat is a fundraiser for the Lanai Hongwanji – all proceeds will go to helping support their important temple.