5TH Annual Metta Retreat in Burma

Extended Trip w/ George Haas
February 1 - 28, 2019
 including Yangon,
Inya Lake, Mandalay and more

February 8 - 22, 2019
Chanmyay Myaing Forest Meditation Centre
Pyin Oo Lwin, Burma

The practice of loving-kindness (mettā bhāvana) aims at the cultivation of a loving, benevolent attitude towards all living beings. Since the time of the Buddha, this form of meditation has been used as a practice in itself, and as a support for the development and deepening of insight.

On this special retreat for foreign meditators, yogis will have the unique opportunity to learn the practice of metta meditation from Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Indaka, and Western teachers Venerable Virañani and Ariya Baumann. 

About the extended trip:

If you opt to join George for the extended trip, Mettagroup will handle all travel arrangements and tour guides. You will explore Buddhist sites with Mettagroup founder George Haas and a small group of fellow meditation students, as well as cultural sites in Inya Lake, Mandalay and more.


About the retreat:

The retreat will be held at at the Chanmyay Myaing Forest Meditation Centre, not far from Pyin Oo Lwin in Upper Burma, which offers natural surroundings that are especially suitable for meditation. Each day will include in-depth instruction and teachings as well as extended practice. It is open to beginners as well as experienced meditators.


About the teachers:

Sayadaw U Indaka (Chanmyay Myaing Sayadaw) studied at the famous Mahagandhayon Monastery in Mandalay and later practiced meditation under Sayadaw U Janaka. In 1999 he founded the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre (CMMC), where he now guides both foreign and Burmese meditators.

Venerable Virañani ordained with Sayadaw U Pandita in 2003, and has been based at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre since 2006. She teaches mettā and vipassanā meditation in Burma and the West.

Ariya Baumann 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 Centre. She now lives in Switzerland and teaches mettā and vipassanā retreats worldwide.


As is traditionally the case in Burma, the teachings are offered on a dāna basis: donations will be gratefully accepted for the support of the monastery and teachers. Your registration fee of $160 guarantees your place in the retreat and is used for retreat expenses and as an offering to the many Burmese helpers who voluntarily support the retreat. If you are interested in enrolling please email us at admin@mettagroup.org by Wednesday, April 26, 2017 to pre-reserve your spot or get in touch with Ven. Virañani at viranani@gmail.com or Ariya Baumann at ariya@gmx.ch to register directly for the retreatRegistration opens on May 1, 2018 and last year spots were filled within days.

If you would like to join George for the extended trip, there will be an additional $300 administration fee for Mettagroup to handle all travel arrangements including flights, accommodations, local travel and guides. (The total cost for the extended trip is estimated to be approximately $3,000; entry fees for sites and meal costs are not included.) Email us at admin@mettagroup.org for more information and to arrange payment.