An Exploration of Awakening


A 2-Day Non-Residential

Insight Meditation Retreat


Howard Cohn

The Franciscan Renewal Center

5802 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

March 21 & 22, 2020

Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday 9:00am - 3:00pm

                                Early Registration (by Feb 17):  $60

 After Feb 17th:                $75

Plus an opportunity to offer Dana* to Howie at the Retreat


No one turned away for lack of funds​:

If you would like to attend the retreat and require scholarship funds

select the scholarship request on the registration form. 

*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




Howie will also offer a Public Friday night talk


at the Scottsdale Congregational UCC  


March 20, 7-9pm

Register for your FREE tickets on Eventbrite:

Retreat Description: 


What do we mean by awakening?

If we are following the Buddha's way, what are we awakening from, and what are we awakening to? 

The practice of Insight Meditation will be supported by Lovingkindness throughout the weekend, and we will explore the process of awakening from confusion to clarity, isolation to inter-being, self-judgment to self-compassion, ill-will to love, agitation to calm, doubt to faith, and suffering to freedom. Our time together will include periods of guided sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and opportunities for Q&A.
Open to both new and experienced meditators.

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. Alternating between sitting and walking meditation sessions throughout the day.


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. 


                Howie will sign copies of his book: Invitation to Meditation: How to Find Peace Wherever You Are



Bring your own bag-lunch, we will eat in silence together.

A refrigerator and microwave 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. 


What to expect and what to bring:

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



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