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CLARIFYING THE MIND – Weekend 2 – Vedananupassana – Contemplation of Feeling Tone

August 13, 2021 – August 15, 2021 all-day

Clarifying the Mind

A Month-Long Practice Period

in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

2nd Weekend ONLINE Sessions


~ 13-15 ~

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.


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


  • 2pm evening Dhamma Talk


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


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


  • 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 13-15



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.



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.