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The Wings to Awakening (In-person Registration)

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A Non-residential In-Person and Online Retreat With Howie Cohn


The two wings of awakening are wisdom and compassion. If you want to be happy in this life you must be wise. The highest wisdom is to be compassionate with yourself and with others. Relating to anyone harshly and critically is born of confusion and frustrated desire. When you view yourself with wisdom, being self critical and judgmental of others no longer makes any sense.

Compassion and love are the natural expression of awakened awareness. A compassionate heart grows from experiencing others and ourselves clearly and intimately.

This retreat will follow the Buddha's practical, clear and inspiring map of awakening wisdom and compassion in our hearts and minds. He said, "If it were not possible to awaken, I would not ask you to do this."

Learning and practicing with loving awareness, we will gently move from ill will to kindness, from clinging to freedom, from confusion to clarity, and from tension to relaxation.

We will spend our time in silence, alternating sitting with walking meditation. 

There will also be an opportunity for practice discussions.

Suitable for all levels.


Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 9:00 AM PDT to 4:00 PM PDT

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Sunday, November 12, 2023 from 9:00 AM PDT to 4:00 PM PDT

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Goward House 
2495 Arbutus Road
Victoria, BC V8N 1V9
Please use the rear entrance to the building (around to the left and down the sidewalk or stairs).
The #11 bus stops nearby.

Driving Directions 

About Howard Cohn

Howard Cohn, has led the Mission Dharma sitting group in San Francisco for over 35 years. He has practiced meditation since 1972, has led vipassana retreats in the US and internationally since 1985.

Howie is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He is known by his students for his kindheartedness and warm sense of humor.

Howie studied with many Asian and western teachers of several traditions, including Theravada, Zen, Dzogchen and Advaita Vedanta, and he has been strongly influenced by contact with the Indian master H.W.L. Poonja.

He has a MA in Counseling Psychology and has a private counseling/mentoring practice. 


Because the Buddha's teachings are considered to be priceless, and in keeping with the teachings and spirit of generosity or dana, this retreat is freely offered. Donations are welcomed.

Teacher Dana: At Goward House, a dana basket will be set out for cash or cheque donations to the teacher. Please make out the cheque to Howard Cohn. Thank you.

Participants can also support the teacher through PayPal. Once logged into your PayPal account, click "send" and type in in the search bar.

Canadian participants can make a donation through Interac e-transfer to

VIMS Dana: For those attending in-person, a dana basket will be set out for cash or cheque donations to Victoria IMS.

If preferred, clients of Canadian banks can make donations for organizational costs incurred by Victoria IMS through Interac e-Transfer to and anyone can donate with PayPal by clicking here. Cheques can be mailed to 4013 Magdelin St. Victoria, BC V8N 3M5.

The suggested donation for organizational costs for this two-day event is $50.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


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