Meetings

Aloha and welcome to our free weekly Honolulu mindfulness get-togethers!

NOTE: In response to the increasing call for social distancing and other precautionary measures related to preventing the spread of COVID-19, all classes are now being held online, until it is safe for us to meet again in community.

In order to preserve the intimacy and privacy of these weekly meetings, the details about how to join in will only be given via email. …

You need to sign up to receive this info–and thankfully this is super easy to do–just go here:

https://www.alohasangha.com/signup.

May our sense of inter-connectedness and mutual support remain strong. Sangha continues whether we connect in person or just in our homes.

Remember, washing your hands properly with soap and water is the #1 best thing you can do to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, so make it into something that is also good for your soul — by cultivating the habit of mindful hand washing, like this:

Mindful Hand Washing

Rather than washing your hands mindlessly (or forgetting whether you’ve washed them at all), take the time to transform hand-washing into a mindfulness practice.  Indulge yourself in the sensations of washing your hands.  Do it deliberately and carefully and slowly, keeping your awareness in your fingers and hands and wrists for the whole time.  Scan your hands for each tiny sensation as you wash. 

Enjoy it.  Make it luxurious and special.  Make it something you look forward to doing.  See what your whole body feels like when you wash your hands – can you feel those movements elsewhere?  In your neck or chest or stomach … in your feet?  How are you breathing?  Are you trying to hold your breath and clench your teeth?

Take this time to explore and grow your home practice. Also, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all about your home practice. I really do hope you seize this opportunity to go deeper into this wondrous practice!

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We meet weekly Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 PM, since 1998, and all are welcome.

Please see the recently updated directions below.

I teach in a completely secular manner, drawing on insights from ecology, poetry and world mythologies as much as I do from the early Buddhist tradition in which I was trained as a monk in the 1980’s in Sri Lanka.

There is no membership or registration required–just show up in comfortable clothes.

A typical evening unfolds like this: 15 minutes of guided, seated meditation followed by 10 minute of gentle, mindful standing/ moving meditation, followed by a final seated meditation period of about 25 minutes. The evening ends with a short talk and discussion, wrapping up with time for Q and A, hanging out and chatting.

These evenings are perfect for beginners–or for that friend you always wanted to introduce to meditation!

directions–for when it’s safe to meet together

The address is 2439-A Holomua Place, in Palolo Valley. Ideally, arrive 10 minutes or so early and park on 10th Avenue and walk the four or so minutes or so to the house. This would be a great opportunity to prepare for sitting meditation at our place by practicing mindful walking meditation!

If possible, try not to park on Makanui Place or Holomua Place, as there is little parking there for our neighbors who arrive home from work about the time when we meet.

From there, walk to the dead-end at Holomua Place, then walk down the small driveway on the right lined with palm trees, and go towards the left to the second house.

Our cell # is 808.393.6342.

We hope to see you!

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Pat
April 25, 2019 4:38 pm

Hello, I will be in Manoa Valley until 5/23. Are you still holding your Thursday evening meditation gatherings?

Kevin R Kuroda
March 8, 2018 10:57 am

Hi Tom, I was a first timer and appreciated hearing Bhante Buddharakkhita on 2/22. May I join your Thursday evenings? Thank you Kevin K.

Ryan C
January 4, 2018 9:13 am

Going to try and make my first meditation class tonight if I can get off work early enough. Thank you!!!!!!

Cheryl
December 27, 2017 7:52 am

Hi Tom,

My name is Cheryl.
I plan to be in Manoa area on Thursday and would love to join your group meditation class, if it’s possible. Thank you!

Ryan
December 27, 2017 5:15 am

Aloha, happy to have come across your page. I hope to make it out at lease one of the nights. Love how open and intentional the message you put out there. Thank you
Ryan

December 11, 2017 10:59 pm

Hi there,

Are these meditation sessions still available? I’ll be visiting Hawaii over Christmas break, in December 2017 and would be grateful to be a part of a mindful meditation session if possible. Thank you. Regards – Anu

Amit Jain
July 11, 2017 11:54 am

Hello Tom
It was lovely attending the Thursday meditation session. Appreciate your efforts!!
See you on 13th
Mahalo!!

Amanda
February 15, 2017 10:25 am

Hi there I was just wondering if you guys still meet up? I’m kind of nervous to go to a new group and I’m pretty new to meditation but I think I’d like to give it a try

Yoann
November 22, 2016 8:34 pm

Hi my name’s Yoann I’m 31 years old and I’m a student in Hawaii. I speak only a little English…
I would like if it’s a problem for the meditation?
Thank you

Mourng Kagna
July 5, 2016 3:33 am

Dear Tom, My name is Kagna, from Cambodia. I am going to study in University of Hawaii (UH) in August this year. I am really interested to meditate with you guys if possible. In Cambodia, I also practice Buddhist meditation. May I know that is it free of charge to attend meditation class? Please let me know if I can.

Trisha
March 13, 2016 8:30 pm

I just notice this and was wondering if you still have this going on as the last comment was last year.

John
June 9, 2015 9:44 pm

I am a 50 year old retired Naval pilot and recently went through a brutal cancer treatment. I am reading meditation books to help releive stress cause by cancer treatment side effects. Do think your meetings would help my piece-of-mind?

Jim
May 25, 2015 3:48 pm

Tom – Are these sessions are still taking place? It seems like a great way for a curious, 51 year old like me to learn about meditation other than from reading books.

Mahalo,

Jim

Bridget
September 16, 2014 2:15 pm

Hi Tom- Thanks for telling me about your meditation sessions today after yoga class! It was nice to meet your wife and I hope to make it to a session soon!

Eric Schrager
August 28, 2014 3:26 pm

Hi Tom,

I would like to come and attend the teaching this evening (29 August). I saw it on Facebook, looks very interesting! My number is 808-772-3740

August 26, 2014 2:02 pm

Greetings, I heard about your meditation meeting at 12 coconuts this am. I am excited to join you on Thursday. with Metta, Lena.

Admin
February 18, 2014 12:24 pm

Hi Janel,

We’d love o have you join us!

We meet tomorrow night, Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 PM Just Google our address to find us. Or you can call me if you get lost — 808.393.6342.

Aloha,

Tom

Janel Bridgmon
February 18, 2014 10:59 am

Hello! I came across your website online, and would like to come and meditate with you guys if possible. Thank you!

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