big bear retreat center meditation cabin
  • Early-Bird Double Room – $0.00
  • Early-Bird Triple Room – $0.00
  • Early-Bird Single Room Private Bath – $0.00
  • Early-Bird Single Room Shared Bath – $0.00

Date & Time Details: Arrival: 2pm-4pm Departure: 12pm

Location: Big Bear Retreat Center - Big Bear Lake, CA

Address: 1000 Sugarpine Road, Big Bear, CA, USA

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When Awareness Becomes Natural 2023

With LC Tran, Kim Allen and InsightLA Meditation Center

August 21 - 28, 2023

Vipassana retreats are set up so that people can have few duties but to be aware of their experience moment to moment.  When removing distractions we become more familiar with the working of our minds and of the particular negative habits that create needless stress for us (worry, annoyance, dissatisfaction, unhappiness, jealousy, the inner critic, etc.)  When shining the light of awareness on these habits, they naturally recede and weaken and in their place the positive habits of mind grow (love, kindness, compassion, gratitude, happiness, self-respect and appreciation).

On this 6-night retreat you will be guided in mindfulness of the mind and body and encouraged to practice being aware of all you do throughout the day.   There will be an option to take 8 precepts on this retreat.  It is not required but you are encouraged to do so.  This means not eating after lunch.

“The whole path of mindfulness is this:  whatever you are doing, be aware of it.”
-Dipa Ma


LC Tran
Lien-Chi (who prefers to be called simply “LC”) was born into a Mahayana Buddhist family. She began to practice mindfulness in 1986 with Thay Thich Nhat Hanh. In 1994, Lienchi met Venerable Khippapanno. His kindness and wisdom swayed her to convert to the Theravada tradition. Since then she has been going on retreats regularly in Burma, Thailand, California, and Massachusetts (IMS). Lienchi has ordained 3 times and attended many retreats, ranging from 10 days to 1 year with Venerable Khippapanno, Luang Por Sumedho, Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and other IMS Teachers. In 2015, Lienchi left her career as…
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Kim Allen
Kim Allen has been practicing Insight meditation since 2003, and has trained intensively in the U.S. and Asia with Western teachers, Theravādan monastics, and masters of other Buddhist traditions. Trained by Gil Fronsdal at the Insight Meditation Center and Insight Retreat Center, she offers Dharma programs, sutta study, and retreats in the U.S., internationally, and online, weaving classical Dharma into a contemporary context.
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InsightLA Meditation Center
InsightLA is a non-profit meditation community that uniquely offers both secular and Buddhist-based mindfulness and compassion practices in the Greater Los Angeles area – and now ONLINE – with more of 20 years of experience serving meditators of all levels.
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