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 and insight meditation (vipassana), loving kindness  (metta) and Buddhist wisdom at the Israeli Insight Meditation Society (“Tovana”). She is a co-founder and a teacher at “Nalanda“: an Israeli Buddhist institute dedicated to contemplative study of the Buddhist path. She also teaches in the MBSR teacher training program and the MBCT Facilitation Certificate at IDC Herzliya’s Muda Institute for Mindfulness, Science and Society. 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 solitary 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).

Read book reviews by practitioners:

Review by Ulf Wolf:


https://bodhi-college.org/suggested-summer-reading-from-the-faculty/ (the third book mentioned)

Academic review by Daniel M. Stuart


Some of Keren’s 2022 Teaching Schedule:

Nalanda: a two-year program of study and practice (starting Oct. 2020). Nalanda is an Israeli Buddhist institute dedicated to contemplative study of the Buddhist path. It strives to integrate theory and practice in a harmonious way.

29 of Dec 2021 – 1 of Jan 2022: Vipassana Retreat for experienced practitioners with Simi Levi in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).

9-12 of February: Vipassana retreat in Abu-Gosh.

2-5 of March: Vipassana retreat for experienced practitioners in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).

22-26 of March: Retreat in Moa with Mati Lieblich.

9-14 of May: Vipassana retreat with Zohar Lavie in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).

1-10 of June: 10 days Vipassana retreat with Yahel Avigur in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).

29 of June-2 of July: retreat in Ein Carem.

19-23 of July: Study and practice retreat for experienced practitioners with Lila Kimhi in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).





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.