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Registration is open for the 2020 Kyaswa Fusion Retreat in the Sagaing Hills of Burma!

This unique 3-week retreat offers a rare opportunity to practice Metta (lovingkindness) and Vipassana (insight) methods with skilled Burmese monastic and Western lay teachers in the Sagaing Hills of Upper Burma. The first 5 days will focus on Metta practice to lay the foundation for a deeper emphasis on Vipassana during the rest of the retreat. 

Filled with centuries-old pagodas, monasteries, and nunneries, the Sagaing hills are regarded as the spiritual heart of Burma and one of the most important practice centers of Theravada Buddhism. Kyaswa Monastery is itself a 600 year old practice and study center that plays a vital role in the health and vibrancy of nearby Wachet village. 

Yogis are supported in every way by  the heritage of living Dhamma and benefit from a rigorous schedule, individual interviews, carefully prepared food, nightly chanting from local nuns and accommodation in individual kutis nestled along the scenic hillside. 

Click HERE to learn more and to register!

Talks from Kyaswa Retreat Teachers

We are excited to prepare for another Fusion Retreat this winter at Kyaswa Monastery in upper Burma and wanted to give you a taste of some of the flavor of the teachings there – in case you aren’t familiar with the teachers. The retreat runs from January 12-February 2 in the beautiful Sagaing Hills of Upper Burma. Register today!

Here are a few talks from this year’s teaching team. We hope you enjoy!

Sayadaw U Paññananda on the Benefits of Lovingkindness:

Sayalay Ma Kamalañani on the Importance of Spiritual Friendship:

 

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey on the Promise of the Path:

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