BMIMC Retreats


Four week retreat with Sayādaw U Vivekananda

Fri 27 Apr to 26 May 2018 Waiting list only

Sayādaw U Vivekananda has trained under the Ven. Sayādaw U Panditabhivamsa of Myanmar since 1988. He is the resident teacher and abbot at Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center, Lumbini, Nepal. He has been teaching in the tradition of the Ven. Mahasi Sayādaw since 1998. Ven. Vivekananda guides meditators in a precise and encouraging manner though daily yogi interviews.

This is an eight-precept retreat – no food to be taken after midday.

Six week Dharma study class series with Jill Shepherd (Sydney and Blue Mountains)

Sat 5 May to 10 Jun 2018 Places available

Over the course of six classes, this course explores what the Buddha was pointing to when he stated that all experience is impermanent (anicca), unsatisfactory (dukkha), and not-self (anatta). Focusing particularly on the aspect of anatta, we will approach this key teaching in a variety of ways, to help understand how it leads to greater ease, happiness, and freedom in our lives.

Seven-day study retreats with Bhikkhu Anālayo (Douglas Park NSW)

Sat 14 Jul to 28 Jul 2018 Waiting list only

This course will undertake an in-depth study of mindfulness meditation based on a comparative study of the three extant versions of the Satipatthāna-sutta, where besides the well-known version in the Pali Canon, two parallels have been preserved in Chinese.

Month-long retreat with Ariya Baumann

Fri 3 Aug to 1 Sep 2018 Availability - See Online Registration

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Ariya B. Baumann (formerly Ven. Ariya Nani) was a Buddhist nun for 21 years, ordained in Burma by Sayadaw U Janaka. For many years she had been guiding foreign meditators at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center. She now lives in Switzerland and teaches mettā and vipassanā retreats worldwide. For further detail see Ariya’s blog.

This is an eight precept retreat – no meals taken after midday

Nine-day retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz

Fri 14 Sep to 23 Sep 2018 Availability - See Online Registration

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Lesley Lebkowicz has practised with Western teachers and Burmese meditation masters in the Mahasi lineage of Insight Meditation in Burma, Nepal, the United States and Australia since 1983. Her main teachers have been Michele McDonald, Sayadaw U Pandita, John Hale and Sayadaw U Vivekananda. Lesley’s teaching focusses on developing a loving gentleness towards our own minds and on the importance of exercising autonomy and responsibility for our own development. This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Long weekend retreat with Michael Dash

Sat 29 Sep to 1 Oct 2018 Availability - See Online Registration

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The focus of this retreat is on realistic and practical understanding of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation with an emphasis on personalising the practice and using it in everyday life.

Michael Dash has been a Buddhist practitioner for over twenty years, studying in Australia, Thailand and Burma, where he trained in satipatthāna vipassanā meditation in the Mahāsī tradition. He also has led the Centre’s regular group sits in Sydney and is a professional counselor.

Nine day retreat with Patrick Kearney

Fri 5 Oct to 14 Oct 2018 Availability - See Online Registration

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Patrick teaches satipaṭṭhāna, the way of mindfulness, in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw. He emphasises the cultivation of a felt continuity of awareness by tracking the elemental flow of experience that lies beneath our habitual concepts and reactions. As we become intimate with what is already present we discover the radical simplicity of the practice, and we learn to “live independently, not clinging to anything in the world” (Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta MN 10).

Steven Smith, 2014
Seven-day retreat with Steven Smith

Fri 19 Oct to 27 Oct 2018 Availability - See Online Registration

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Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, Steven Smith was trained and sanctioned as a teacher by the late revered monk and meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita. Steven teaches Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity) in meditation retreats in Asia, Hawai’i, North America and Australia.

9 Day Metta Retreat with Sayādaw U Indaka

Fri 23 Nov to 2 Dec 2018 Availability - See Online Registration

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Sayadaw U Indaka is the abbot of the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centres (CMMC) in Yangon and Pyin Oo Lwin. On his first retreat at BMIMC Sayadaw will conduct a 10-day intensive metta (lovingkindness) retreat with the support of his translator Mimmi. Mimmi (May Myint Oo) has practiced vipassana and metta meditation for many years. Since 2004 she is Sayadaw’s translator whenever he travels and teaches abroad.

This is an eight-precept retreat – no food to be taken after midday.

This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.


Unwrapping Insight - Weekend Retreat with Andrew Luff

Fri 11 Jan to 13 Jan 2019 Availability - See Online Registration

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This retreat will focus on learning how to meet a our experience with a gentle intention, giving permission for experience to arise so we can become familiar with it, developing  a gentle familiarity with our experience as it gives rise to calm and wisdom.