Honolulu Dhamma Community

HDC: A Community of Vipassana Practitioners on Oahu, Hawai'i

Pages for opportunities and resources related to Vipassana (insight/mindfulness) practice on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

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Please email Thanh (mindfulhawaii@gmail.com) if you wish to receive periodic information about practice opportunity in Honolulu or any questions regarding the materials posted here.

Recurrent Free Event- A Mindful Weekend on the Ridge

posted Nov 5, 2016, 5:43 PM by Thanh Huynh   [ updated Jun 25, 2018, 1:00 AM ]

A Mindful Weekend on the Ridge

Lead by Xuan and Thanh Huynh and others.

Time:        2nd Saturday and Sunday of each month 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM (unless otherwise announced)

Place:        Hawaii Loa Ridge Park, end of Puu’Ikena Drive,

                   East Honolulu (between Aina Haina and Niu Valley, exit at Kawaikui Beach Park)

Cost:       Free

Spend the day/weekend in nature, learning/practicing the art of being present with life’s unfolding events without resisting unpleasant experiences or holding on to pleasant ones. This non-judging observation allows the natural development of beautiful mental qualities. It gives rise to the understanding of the mind-body process and the true nature of phenomena. This simple yet profound practice can bring joy and peace and transformation of being. There will be alternating sitting/walking periods of 30-45 minutes each and instruction/discussion and a mindful (mostly) silent lunch.

Beginners are welcome (It would be helpful to read the introduction to mindfulness in the following website if you are new to vipassana: www.mindfulnessfreecourse.net).
Please tell security that you attend a gathering at the park sponsored by the Huynhs. Bring your own lunch and a water bottle, on-the-ground sitting gear (chair, bench, yoga mat and cushion etc...), a light jacket or raincoat, and a sun hat. Do not park in the hikers’ area on the right (mauka/high end) of the road. If the lot to the left/makai is full, park on Ikena circle (the last cross-street before the entrance to the park) and walk up the stairs (on the left) to the retreat location by Diamond Head pavilion (lower/makai end of the park or the main pavilion near the parking if it rains). You may join/leave the retreat at any time but we appreciate your informing us when you leave.

For more information and confirmation (or requesting a free vegetarian lunch)::  email Thanh at mindfulhawaii@gmail.com or visit Honolulu Dhamma Community website at


or call 282-6578

Upcoming free course

posted Aug 22, 2016, 8:02 PM by Thanh Huynh   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 12:39 PM ]

Due to the All Buddhist Gathering this weekend at BPA, our monthly practice on the ridge has been moved to the weekend of 17-18 March and we hope you can join us for part of it, as below.
Also, please share this free 8-week online course: with those interested
The next course will begin on 8 April 2018 and is open for registration 

Past Courses:
Review of Buddhist Meditation Techniques
Introduction to Buddhist Psychology

A series of 5 sessions over 2 weeks offered by Thanh and Xuan Huynh

-Time: 6:30-8:00 pm September 25, 27, October 2, 4 & 9, 2017.
-Place: Bodhi Tree Dharma Center, 654 N Judd St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
-Cost: Free (Donation accepted for Bodhi Tree Center and Retreat scholarship fund)

Beginners and drop-in welcome. Each session begins and ends with a guided meditation.

Course Highlights:
Calm/Concentration (samatha) vs Mindffulness/Insight (vipassana) meditation.
Conceptual vs Ultimate Reality (Pannatti vs paramattha dhamma)
Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Satipathana): Body, Feeling tones, Mind, and Phenomena (Kaya, vedana, citta and dhammanupassana).
How to practice in formal setting and in daily life.
Introduction to Buddhist Psychology (Abhidhamma)

Sponsored by HAIB (Hawaii Ass. of International Buddhists) and Honolulu Dhamma Community


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