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 workshops 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. For more than ten years Keren taught Buddhist philosophy and psychology as an adjunct professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University. From 2017 Keren dedicates all her time to teaching the Dhamma.

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 a summary of the book here.

Read book reviews by practitioners:

Review by Ulf Wolf:


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



Some of Keren’s 2022-3 Teaching Schedule:

Nalanda: A year long program for experienced practitioners (Otc 2022-July 2023) 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.

14-17 of Dec 2022 – Vipassana weekend with Simi Levi in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).

20-26 of December 2022: Vipassana retreat with Yahel Avigur in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).

25-28 of January 2023: Vipassana weekend for experienced practitioners with Simi Levi in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).

14-18 of March: Retreat in Moa with Mati Lieblich.

5-12 of May: Vipassana retreat for experienced practitioners with Zohar Lavie in Kibbutz Ein Dor (Tovana).

23-27 of May retreat for experienced practitioners with Boaz Amihai in Ein Carem.

7-16 of June: 10 days Vipassana retreat with Yahel Avigur 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.