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 2018-19 Teaching Schedule

1 of November- “Walking the Path: 10 Weeks course for experienced practitioners. The course will start with a weekend retreat in Ein Dor (Tovana)

10 of November- Cultivating Joy:  A day of Meditation in Tel Aviv (Tovana).

20-24 of November– Study and Practice retreat for experienced practitioners with Lila Kimhi in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).

2-8 of December: Vipassana Retreat with Ella Tolnai in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).

15-19 of January 2019: 5 days Vipassana Retreat with Mati Liblich in Moa in the Araava deseret.

1 of March- 5 Weeks course on Buddhist meditation and wisdom. The course will start with a two-days retreat in Neve Shalom (Psychodharma)

6 of March – A course of integrated practice and study for experienced practitioners with Mati Liblich (6 meetings and 2 weekend retreats in Neve Shalom.

16-18 of May – “Psychology of Not Self ”: three days seminar of study and practice: in Neve Shalom (Psychodharma - more details later).

6 of May – “Buddhist Meditation”: 9 weeks course for experienced practitioners + a weekend retreat in Ein Dor (Tovana – more details later)

7-12 of June– Residential retreat with Boaz Amihai in Ein Carem (more details later).

7-13 of July: Vipassana Retreat (Tovana).

30 of July- 3rd of August - “The Satipatthana Sutta”: Non-residential Retreat on the Satipatthana Sutta for experienced practitioners (Tovana).

11-20 of August: 10 days Vipassana Retreat with Yonathan Domonitz (Tovana).

9 of September- A day of practice for experienced practitioners in Beit Hanan (Tovana).

12-14 of September: Weekend Metta retreat  (Psychodharma).

27-30 of November: Vipassana Retreat with Zohar Lavie in Ein Dor (Tovana).

22-28 of December: Vipassana Retreat with Lila Komhi in 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.