New Directions

New programs to meet today's questions.

This fall, the Lotus Institute is offering courses for:
  • Professionals on the journey of awakening, and bringing mindfulness to the workplace
  • Sangha builders and leaders
  • Meditation group leaders
  • Those who are experiencing the Bodhisattva call

Mindfulness School: Fall Teachings on Equanimity

These courses will be stand- alone. You can come to one or both of the classes.

Standing Like a Tree


October 1 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Vashon Island
Evenness of heart and mind is described as standing like a great tree amidst the winds of life – the winds of gain and loss praise and blame, endings and beginnings. How does this happen? Join us this day as we enjoy sitting, walking, resting and eating meditation. There will be a dharma talk by Larry Ward on the Brahmavihāras (the sublime attitudes or heavenly abodes of heart and mind of which equanimity is a foundation). We will explore different practices that support our evenness and depth of mind and breath. A simple lunch will be provided. Space is limited.

For information or registration please contact us

Suggested donation of $75 - $100 for lunch and teaching. Scholarships available.

Fierce Equanimity: Neither This Nor That

November 19 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Vashon Island

Thich Nhat Hanh refers to equanimity as the practice of inclusivity. Equanimity practice is the foundation for the teachings on love. On this day we will offer additional teachings and practices on how to live in the world with our heart undisturbed by the world. We will enjoy sitting, walking, resting, eating, a dharma talk, group practices and experiences. A simple lunch will be provided. Space is limited.

For information or registration please contact us
Suggested donation of $75 -$100 is for lunch and teaching. Scholarships available.

The Maitreya School: Winter Programs


Mastery in Mindful Leadership and Mindfulness Facilitation

January to June 2017

We have had requests from professionals in the Seattle area to design a training program and practice community for people that want to deepen their mindfulness practice, understand the mindfulness tradition, and to learn how to integrate mindfulness into their work and teaching. We have people coming from many different disciplines that want an opportunity to cultivate their personal practice and to receive coaching and teaching on how to offer the core mindfulness practices to others.

Please join this small group of wise friends that will explore the neuroscience research, Buddhist teachings and contemplative practices that are the cornerstones of mindfulness. We will provide coaching, materials, personal interviews, interesting homework and rich and rewarding community time.

Training will be conducted on Vashon Island
Facilitators: Peggy Rowe and Larry Ward
Each session will be on a Saturday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Dates: January 7, February 18, March 25, April 8, May 20 and June 17

Enrollment is limited. For information or registration please contact us

Days of Mindfulness in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

Vashon Island October 2nd

Seattle November 20th

Whidbey Island November 26th

Seattle January 8th or 15th (TBA)

A day of mindfulness in our tradition is considered to be a treat and not just a retreat. This is an opportunity to cultivate our mind of love in the company of wise friends. A Day of Mindfulness is held with the practice of silence. The days include sitting, walking, lying meditation, music, singing, a silent lunch, dharma talks and dharma sharing. Our Northwest practice communities are sponsoring these teachings. A suggested donation for the day is $25 - $50 with scholarships available. Space is limited so sign up early.