About Bhante Yogavacara Rahula

Bhante Rahula was born in California and ordained as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka in 1975.  He lived there ten years studying and practicing mindfulness/vipassana meditation with different teachers and living alone in secluded hermitages. He also studied yoga with Swami Gitananda in South India. His teaching integrates the practice of yoga with insight meditation. Between 1987 and 2009 Bhante Rahula was residing and teaching at the Bhavana Society Forest Monastery in West Virginia. He now travels and conducts retreats around the world.


Retreat description

Satipatthana/Vipassana Meditation with Yoga

Mindful attention to the body and breathing is used as the foundation for cultivating awareness and insight into the deeper nature of our body and mental process.  Slow deep breathing coordinated with mindful bending and stretching exercises are done to help this process. Periods of sitting, standing and walking will aid in cultivating a continuity of awareness of the present moment.  The goal of mindfulness/insight practice is to become aware of our intentions which precede activity of body, speech, and thought in order to transform harmful habits which bring suffering into wholesome ones which conduce to peace, happiness, and wisdom. The Buddha’s teachings of the Four Noble Truths inform the practice. How to carry this practice into daily live is given importance.

This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators. Clear instructions on the practice will be given and  a daily Dharma talk with Q&A and a chance for a personal interview.