Online Retreat with Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters - 2023jan6shol

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Online Retreat with Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters - 2023jan6shol

This is an online meditation retreat with Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters

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Refund Policy

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About this event

  • 21 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Online Retreat Dates

All times are pacific time, Vancouver, Canada.

Friday January 6: 7pm-8:30pm

Saturday January 7: 10am-4pm

Retreat Description

Welcoming 2023 by Cultivating The Beautiful States of Mind

“Whatever you intend, whatever you plan, and whatever you have a tendency toward, that will become the basis on which your mind is established." (SN 12.40)
"Whatever a person frequently thinks about and ponders, that will become the inclination of their mind.” (MN 19)

The retreat will highlight recognizing the beautiful states of mind that the Buddha spoke of, learning how to cultivate them so that they become a natural part of our daily lives. This requires being mindfully aware of the unbeneficial states of mind also, letting them go into impermanence, then inclining the mind towards what is beneficial and wholesome. In this way, we can live our lives with less regret, trust ourselves more deeply, and live with more moments of happiness and inner freedom.

How to Join the Retreat after Registering

To join the retreat, click on the button in the confirmation email received from Eventbrite after you registered. You will be asked to sign in to Eventbrite with the same email address you registered with to get access to the Zoom links to join the retreat. The link will go live a day before the event.

You will also be receiving the Zoom links via Eventbrite emails ahead of the retreat. Please ensure you type in your correct email address in the order form.

Retreat Details

Fees: A sliding scale of fees is offered. Please choose what is right for you. If additional reduced fee would help you attend please contact

Attendance: With the online format you can choose when and how long you attend.

Registration: If you are unable to register online contact

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are provided up to 24 hours before the start of the retreat.

Teacher Dana: Your registration fee contributes to BCIMS being able to continue to offer retreats such as this. None of your fee goes to Steve or Kamala.

In the Buddhist tradition, teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless; in the Buddhist tradition we also practice dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. Dana is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is given from the heart. Your generosity is a gift that supports not just the teachers, but also the Sangha, the larger Dharma community, and your own practice.

Voluntary donations (dana) for the teaching may be given to Steve and Kamala. Information on how to donate to the teachers will be provided at the retreat.

Recordings: The retreat will be recorded and the recordings will be shared with registrants about 24 hours after the recorded session has taken place. Please note we do not record any Q/A sessions or break out sessions to honour the privacy of those attending.

About the Teachers

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Kamala Masters is one of the founders and teachers of the Vipassana Metta Foundation on Maui. She teaches retreats in the Theravada tradition at venues worldwide, including being a Guiding Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts. Practicing since 1975, her teachers have been the late Anagarika Munindra of India and Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma. Kamala has a commitment to carrying and offering the purity of the teachings of the Buddha in a way that touches our common sense and compassion as human beings, and allows the natural inner growth of wisdom. She lives on Maui with Steve where she raised four children, and is now blessed with seven grandchildren. Kamala has practiced both insight and loving kindness meditations intensively under the guidance and preceptorship of Sayadaw U Pandita, in the USA, Australia, and in Burma as a lay woman, and temporary ordination as a nun.

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Steve Armstrong has studied the dhamma and practiced insight meditation since 1975. He served for many years at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts as Executive Director, Board member and senior teacher of the annual three-month retreat. As a monk in Burma for 5 years, under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita, he undertook intensive, silent practice of insight and lovingkindness meditations, as well as studying the abhidhamma with Sayadaw U Zagara of Australia. He has been leading meditation retreats internationally since 1990 and is a co-founding director and teacher of the Vipassana Metta Foundation dhamma sanctuary on Maui. Out of compassion for future generations, he has planted more than 2500 trees on the dhamma sanctuary/hermitage land where in lives with Kamala on Maui, and continues to nurture their maturation into a forest. He was the Managing Editor of the Vipassana Metta Foundation’s translation committee that in 2016 brought to publication by Wisdom Publications, the Manual of Insight, by Mahasi Sayadaw.

Detailed Schedule


7:00pm - 7:15pm Welcome

7:15pm - 7:45pm Refuges and Precepts, Guided Sitting with Steve

7:45pm - 8:15pm Dharmette

8:15pm - 8:30pm Closing


10:00am-11:00am Welcome and Guided Sitting Meditation

11:00am - 11:15am Questions and Response

11:15am - 11:45am Walking Meditation or Standing Meditation

11:45am - 12:15pm Dharma Talk

12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch

1: 00pm - 1:45pm Guided Sitting Meditation

1:45pm - 2:15pm Walking Meditation or Standing Meditation

2:15pm - 2:45pm Dharma Talk

2:45pm - 3:15pm Question and Response

3:15pm - 3:30pm Tea/Bio Break

3:30pm - 4:00pm Group Sharing (Bearing Witness to Intentions, New Dharma Insights, New Beginnings)

3:50pm - Sharing the Merit, BCIMS Announcements, Closing

With heartfelt gratitude, BCIMS acknowledges we are based in what is now known as Vancouver, BC, the beautiful, traditional, and unceded lands of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, who live on and have stewarded this land for thousands of years.