What is Vipassana?

Vipassanā is a Buddhism-based meditation practice, loosely translated as “Insight Meditation”. Unlike other popular meditation practices that focus solely on calming the mind, Vipassanā is a practice of mindfulness that develops one’s insight into the true nature of the mind.

Why Vipassana?

Vipassanā is simply about being present in the moment. It is a straightforward meditation method which can be practiced anywhere at any time throughout the day. Because of its accessibility, Vipassanā is suitable for individuals who live busy lives and do not think they have time for meditation at all.

Is Vipassana for me?


Although Vipassanā is Buddhism based, you do not have to be a Buddhist to practice. It genuinely is a non-attachment lifestyle that promotes a mindful way of living. It is available to anyone who wants to nurture a healthy mind free from stress, worry, and anxiety.

Introductory Courses

January 4th – January 25th, 2020

4-week meditation course for Beginners available every month throughout the whole year. Class starts on Saturday (January 4th, 2020) at 2:00pm. We meet for one hour every Saturday. Participants are advised to make an effort to meditate on his or her own during the week to fully experience the essence of Vipassanā. A habit of keeping a meditation journal is also suggested, but not required.

Upcoming courses:

March 7th — March 28th, 2020

April 4th — April 25th, 2020

May 9th — May 30th , 2020

June 6th — June 27th, 2020

About the instructor:

Zaw Maw was born in Burma and was raised as a Theravada Buddhist. As part of Burmese tradition, he was ordained a Buddhist novice at the age of 13. In 2009, he joined the Pre-collegiate Program at the Diplomatic School of Yangon where he was taught Buddhist Philosophy by late Retired Professor, Dr. Khin Maung Win (Yale University). Later, he came to the US and studied Western Philosophy at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He currently resides in Annapolis and is writing a book about his personal anecdotes on the introspective nature of the Buddhist mind. Zaw Maw has 19 years of experience practicing Vipassanā meditation.