UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALL HAWAIʻI WEEKLY PUBLIC SITTINGS WILL BE CLOSED.
Until the concerns over the COVID-19 virus are lessened dramatically, we are following social protocol to limit contact and exposure as much as possible. Until that time, please find ways of supporting your practice and the practice of others online or in solitude.
Please join us on the Insight Timer app as “Vipassana Hawaii – Honolulu” and “Vipassana Hawaii – North Kohala” during our regularly scheduled weekly sitting times for fellowship and practice!
The Hawai‘i Island sangha meets in North Kohala Sundays at 4:00 pm:
4:00 – 4:45 – Silent Sitting Meditation
4:45 – 5:30 (only when a teacher is on island) – Dhamma talk, questions and answers.
- Everyone is welcome.
- No charge.
- Dana for teachers is welcome.
- Please arrive on time.
- Bring a cushion if desired.
- Chairs are available.
- Weather in Kohala can be unpredictable so please bring additional clothing appropriate for rain or cold
From either Waimea (Mountain Road) or Kona (Queen Ka`ahumanu Hwy.),
New Entrance for Kohala Sunday Sitting!
Head east on Akoni Pule Hwy (270) toward Pololu from Kapa’au Town.
You will pass Arakaki Market on your right and then Kohala Middle School on your left.
The road will dip down and then pull up a gentle hill passing mile-marker 25 on your right.
Directly after mile marker 25, at the top of the hill (less than 1/2 a mile past Kohala Middle School), you will take a left onto a gravel road toward a gate leading to a long road headed makai (toward the ocean). The road is not yet on maps but will be called “Ala Maluhia” – There is a sign on the gate for “Inhabit Sanctuary.“
The gate should be unlocked 15 minutes before the sitting. The gate will remain unlocked but closed for the duration of the sitting. If it is not unlocked when you arrive, just park to the side and wait. Please close the gate behind you when you come in!
Pass through the gate and follow the road all the way to Pratt Rd. As the road bends, hang right and take your first left through the gate onto our land. Follow the path between the palms on your left to the Sunday sitting tent!
Vipassana Hawai’i O‘ahu Sangha meets in Honolulu
Sundays at 5:00 pm
For driving directions please view this map.
5:00 – 5:45 – Silent Sitting Meditation
5:45 – 6:30 – Dhamma talk, sharing reflections and practice experiences, questions, and answers.
Weekly mindfulness meditation practice for beginners through seasoned practitioners. This session is free and open to the public and no advanced registration is needed. Voluntary donations to the temple will be gratefully accepted.
Our location for the Bodhi Tree is 654 North Judd Street, Honolulu. Please note there are several flights of stairs up to the facility. For driving directions please view this map.
Sunday Sitting Practice Leaders at the Bodhi Tree:
(Empty slots will be filled as practice leaders sign up)
3/1 Xuan Huynh
3/8 Niki Miller
3/15 Harry Palmer
3/22 – Matt Hawkins
3/29 Matt Hawkins
4/5 – U Hla Myint *
4/12 Thanh Huynh
4/19 – Xuan Huynh
4/26 – Matt Hawkins
5/3 Joe Bright
5/10 Thanh Huynh
5/17 -Xuan Huynh
5/24 – XX
5/31 – Matt Hawkins
Other Vipassana Sittings on O’ahu:
654A North Judd Street
Honolulu, HI (96817)
Wednesday 6:30 – 8 p.m. Led by Joe Bright
Fridays from 9am-noon
Please note, this sitting period is self-directed with no instructions or talks and is intended for experienced practitioners.
On the final Friday of each month, the group works in the Zen Center garden in thanks for the generous use of the space.
Please email Niki Miller with any questions
Mu-Ryang Sa Temple
2420 Halelaau Place
Every Saturday 4-6pm
Monthly half-day retreats
Led by: Gregory Pai, Ph.D.
Email Greg Pai for more information.
Thanh and Xuan Huynh lead weekend retreats once a month at the outdoor park on
Hawaii Loa Ridge. The retreat is held on both Saturday and Sunday during the day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every second weekend of the month (except during formal retreat time).
Thursday 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Aloha Sangha meets in our home in Palolo Valley at 2439 A Holomua Place, for meditation and discussion inspired by early Buddhism. All are welcome. For more info and directions, see https://www.alohasangha.com/meditation-hawaii/.
Led by Tom Marx
Kailua Insight Meditation Group
The Kailua Insight Meditation Group (KIMG) meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Kailua Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, located at 268 A Kuulei Road in Kailua, at the end of a small lane behind the 7-11 store, across the street from the Kailua Library.
E-mail Niki Miller for more information