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Loving The House That Ego Built

 2 Day, Non-Residential

Insight Meditation Retreat with

Howard Cohn 



The Franciscan Renewal Center

5802 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253


April 7th & 8th, 2018

Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday 9:00am - 3:30pm



                                                Registration:     $ 75*    

                         There will be no on-site registration - this retreat has limited space.

                                                                       No refunds after March 9th. 

                                              *Plus Dana for the teacher


No one turned away for lack of funds​:

if you would like to attend the retreat and require scholarship funds,

please contact insight.meditation.scottsdale [at] 


All retreat fees go toward facility rental, teacher travel, accommodations and other retreat expenses, Howie is not paid from these funds. Howie offers the teachings in the Theravada Buddhist Tradition of generosity or 'Dana', and is reliant on the offering of Dana to support his continued teaching. 


The offering of Dana has been practiced since the time of the Buddha, and is intended to open the heart and generate good-will as well as create a interconnected web of giving and receiving as the teachings are offered and received and support is offered and received. Dana should never be considered as a 'tip'.  Opportunity will be provided to offer Dana to Howie during the retreat. The cost of the retreat is kept at the lowest possible rate that enables our basic expenses to be covered and does not represent the 'value' of the retreat, but rather our hope to make the teachings available to all who are interested, regardless of ability to pay.


Please take the time to read more about the tradition of 'Dana' - in the link above - 

to support our  teachers and continue this beautiful practice in the Theravada tradition




Mindfulness Vipassana Meditation Retreats Workshops Arizona

Get tickets to Howie's FREE public talk on Friday, April 6th 


@Scottsdale Congregational UCC


Free tickets HERE


Retreat Description: 


During this retreat we will explore the nature of ego and the enormous stress that comes with trying to be "someone." With Insight Meditation, we can make peace with our various self views. Sitting and walking in silence, supported by instructions and dharma talks, we will cultivate embodied presence. We will use the healing tools of mindfulness and lovingkindness to meet the activity of self with balance and openness, perhaps even "loving the house that ego built." 


Vipassana Meditation (also known as 'Insight' or Mindfulness practice) is a simple and direct practice; the moment-to-moment investigation of the mind / body process through calm and focused awareness. The practice originates in the Theravada tradition of the teachings of the Buddha. Learning to observe experience from a place of stillness enables one to relate to life with less fear and clinging. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure, pain, fear, joy, and all aspects of life with increasing equanimity and balance. As insight deepens, wisdom and compassion arise. This nonresidential retreat is suitable for beginning and experienced meditators. Sitting and walking meditation sessions are alternated.


About the Teacher:


Howard Cohn is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the San Francisco Bay area. He has guided a local sitting group in San Francisco, been in private practice as a psychotherapist and led Vipassana retreats worldwide since 1985. He incorporates the influences of Theravada, Zen, Tibetan Dzogchen and Advaita Vedanta in his teaching, with an emphasis on reawakening our intrinsic freedom. Among his many teachers and mentors are Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, U Pandita Sayadaw, Tulku Urgyen Rimpoche, Tsoknyi Rimpoche, and the Advaita Vedanta Master H.W.L. Poonja. 


He recently published his first book:

Invitation to Meditation: How to Find Peace Wherever You Are


*Bring your own bag-lunch, we will eat in silence together. A refrigerator will be available for use, coffee and tea will be provided. Please consider bringing a snack to share. 


*Chairs provided, bring your own meditation cushions or bench if desired. 



(this info will be sent to registered retreatants in the week prior to the retreat)

What to expect and what to bring


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