About me – Keren Arbel

Keren has been immersed in Buddhist practice since 1997, practicing with variety of teachers in Asia and the West. Keren also holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies.

Keren teaches classes and retreats on mindfulness, loving kindness (metta), insight (vipassana) meditation and Buddhist wisdom at the Israeli Insight Meditation Society (“Tovana”), The Center for Buddhist Psychology and Wisdom (“Psycho-Dharma“), and other practice environments in Israel. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University, where she teaches Buddhist philosophy and psychology.

In her dharma practice she is drawn to periods of seclusion and intensive practice. Since 2010 Keren dedicates two months each year for intensive silent retreats.
In her practice and teaching she has a special interest in finding ways to bring depth practice into daily life and deepen our freedom as lay practitioners. She also explores the ways in which the study of the Suttas (the early Buddhist texts) and intensive meditation practice are complimentary aspects.

Keren published two books: one is an annotated Hebrew translation of collection of Suttas from the original Pali into Hebrew.  Her second book Early Buddhist Meditation: the Four Jhanas as the actualization of Insight (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism) explores the relation between the four jhanas and the practice of insight (March 2017).


Keren’s 2017 Teaching Schedule


18 of February - Cultivating Equanimity (Upekkha):  A day of Meditation in Broshim (Psychodharma).

1-4 of March – “Study and Practice retreat for experienced practitioners with Lila Kimhi in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).

25 of March – A day of practice for experienced practitioners (Tovana).

26 of April – 10 Week Introductory course on Buddhist meditation and wisdom (Psychodharma)

7 of May - 9 week course of integrated practice and study for experienced practitioners (Tovana).

11-13 of May – Touching the Heart: a weekend Metta retreat in Kibbutz Yehiam (Psychodharma).

7-8 of July – Residential retreat with Boaz Amihai in Ein Carem

21-22 of July – Non-residential Weekend Retreat in Tel Aviv (Tovana).

8-12 of August - “The Satipatthana Sutta”: Non-residential Retreat on the Satipatthana Sutta for experienced practitioners (Tovana).

20-26 of August: Vipassana Retreat with Yonathan Domonitz (Tovana). 

7-9 of September: Weekend vipassana retreat in Kibbutz Yehiam (Psychodharma).

12 of September: The Five Clinging Aggregates: A day of study and practice in silence for experienced practitioners”.

28 of November – 2 of December: Study & Practice Retreat for experienced practitioners with Lila Kimhi in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).


2018 Teaching Schedule

18-20 of January: A weekend worshop of mindfulness and Iyengar Yoga in Moa (more details around November).

23-27 of January: 5 day vipassana & mindfulness retreat in Moa (more details soon).

15-17 of February: a weekend vipassana retreat in Ein Dor (registration opens in January).

At the end of February I am leaving for a period of practice and travelling until the end of 2018…



May all beings everywhere be happy and free,

May our practice will be for the benefit of others,

May the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.