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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Come And See (Ehipassiko)

We were reminded by the monk "Come And See", during the Dhamma Talk and it still resonance after the October 17th 1-day retreat in the loving home of the Nguyen.  It is like a person who has never tasted an orange and keeps saying that orange is very delicious. He will not know the real taste of oragne until he eats it.

"Ehipassiko" is a Pali word used to describe the investigative nature of Buddhism. The Buddha discouraged blind faith and encouraged his disciples to "come and see" his teachings for themselves, to witness the fruits of this practice through direct experience.  What is so impressive is that He proclaimed that "... not even if it's uttered by me ...".  That is a powerful statement possible only coming from an enlightened mind with great compassion.


Venerable Nalaka conducted the meditation and together with Venerable Eindaka shed lights on the practice and the benefits of Insight Meditation.  David was very informative in providing explanation of essential aspects of the meditation practice.  The discussions were both meaningful and encouraging in spurring the yogis onwards towards awakening.  

We were reminded again the three fold aspects of acquiring the full benefiits of meditation: Dāna (generousity), Śīla (morality) and Bhavana (cultivation or sometimes used loosely as meditation).  

Dāna- "And what is the treasure of generosity? There is the case of a disciple of the noble ones, his awareness cleansed of the stain of stinginess, living at home, freely generous, openhanded, delighting in being magnanimous, responsive to requests, delighting in the distribution of alms. This is called the treasure of generosity." — AN 7.6  (

Śīla often time refer to Pañca-Śīla ( or the five precepts for house holders.  This is a code of conduct that embraces a commitment to harmony and self-restraint with the principal motivation being non-violence, or freedom from causing harm. Sīla is an internal, aware, and intentional ethical behavior, of one's commitment to the path of liberation. 

Bhavana- This is the way of training our mind, the way to purifying the mind, and thus the way to change a person. When we realize it and understand it, then we will know and see the world and ourselves as they really are. This practice is a fence to guard our mind. Our happiness or suffering is dependent on the mind. Bhavana is the way for protecting our mind.  (source

Schedule & Hosting/Location of the future 1-day meditation retreats.
 Contact: For details and questions clip here 


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Houston Insight Meditation Group

Our group is primary lead by Venerable Nalaka from Austin Buddhist Vihara. The group practices Insight Meditation taught by Mahasi Sayadaw. 

We meet regularly on the 3rd Saturday of each month at location offer by a host family. The monthly 1-day retreat where "Noble Silence" is observed by everyone, starts at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm.

Lunch is pot-luck and the retreat is free.  Donations of dana to the teacher is encouraged and greatly appreciated.  Generally we suggest $10 or whatever you would like to afford.

1-Day Insight Meditation Schedule
Teacher: Venerable Nalaka
Meditation: Insight (Vipassana) Meditation
Location: host family 
Date: every 3rd Saturday of the month
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Lunch: pot-luck
Cost: Free
Danna to Teacher: Suggested $10.00 or whatever you can afford
Contact: For details and questions clip here 

Monday, September 28, 2015

October 17th 2015: 1-Day Insight Meditation Retreat by Ven Nalaka in Houston

October month insight meditation retreat is on Oct 17th in Ann's home.  RSVP required.

Second 1-day retreat 10/17/2015.
Meditation teacher: Venerable Nalaka
Date: October 17, 2015.
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Richmond,TX 77406
Lunch: pot-luck
RSVP requested and indicate dish that you will be offering.
Free and suggested $10 donation to teacher appreciated

For details of location and contact click here.

Houston August 1st Retreat 
Ven Nalaka instruction on meditation

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Insight Meditation Retreat: May 23rd to June 6th, 2015

Registration is open for a residential long retreat at the American Bodhi Cneter (ABC) in the Bamboo Grove from May 23 to June 6th, 2015. Venerable Nalaka from Austin Buddhist Vihara together with Bhante Katapunno will be at the retreat. Registration deadline is April 30th, 2015.

Duration of stay is flexible, although we recommend at least a minimum of 3 consecutive days. Participants who registered for for the entire retreat will be favoured.  You will get a registration confirmation about 2 weeks before the start of the retreat.

Participants will share cost primary based food, dana to ABC and the teachers.  Planning for food arrangement is under-way therefore the final cost will be ready few weeks before the retreat.  To give a general idea based on experience from previous retreats, the cost is about $30-$40 per day.  Again, please understand that this will vary.

If you have any advise or are willing to serve during the retreat, do let us know when you turn in the registration form.

Serious yogis will not be turn away due to financial challenges, especially those who are willing to serve. Please indicate when you return the registration.

Location: American Bodhi Center (ABC) in Bamboo Grove (bottom right) 
Retreat Date: May 23rd to June 6th, 2015.
Check-in: May 22nd, 2015 from 6:00-7:00 pm
Registration Form: (CLOSED) Download Application 
Online registration: (CLOSED) registration (fill in all required field and carefully read the CONSENT & RELEASE.)
Registration Deadline: April 30th, 2015.
Cost: TBD
Contact: questions and comments.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

10-Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat: 3/1 - 3/12

10-day Vipassana Meditation course at ABC

Vipassana Meditation (as taught by SN Goenka) course will be held on:

  • DATE:  March  1 – March 12,  2015
  • LOCATION:  American Bodi Center,, 29123 Mellan Road, Hempstead, Tx. 77445

For information or to apply for the course, contact: (972) 346-8020 [Call: (972) 346-8020]
To apply for the course:

Please note that you are expected to attend the entire 10-day full course.

Monday, January 19, 2015

2015 Chinese New Year Celebrations: Feb 28th, 2015

Welcome Friends & Family – Join us for Chinese New Year Celebrations

You are invited to attend our Lunar New Year celebration at the American Bodhi Center on February 28th, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Enjoy this free, fun and family friendly event, offering a feast for all senses; from exhibitions and colorful performances to various workshops, food stands and gift shopping.

Location: American Bodhi Center
Address: 29123 Mellman Rd, Hempstead, Texas 77445
Phone: 979-921-6969

Google Map
Detailed Driving Direction (pdf)
For more information click here.