The MettaDana Project was born in the spiritual heart of Burma, the remote Sagaing Hills, west of Mandalay. These hills, along the Irrawaddy River, shimmer with white and gold pagodas, with 1000's of monks, nuns and village lay people. The lay community and monasteries exist within an interdependent and mutally beneficial relationship founded on "Metta" - loving kindness, and "Dana" - generosity. This has been so for 2000 years.
Founded in 1995 by Steven Smith in collaboration with Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery, the goal has been for those of us who love Burma to give back to the Burmese people who have given us the love and generosty embeded in their hearts from the ancient Buddhist wisdom teachings.
Over time our giving back has included expanding and upgrading the local hospital, building schools in Wachet Village, providing for the children of the village so they can attend school, developing a thriving acupuncture training program, supporting nunneries and providing humanitarian relief after the devastating effects of Cyclone Nargis in 2008.
Vipassana Hawai'i is also developing a tropical island retreat center on remote coastal land of Hawaii's Big Island. Please see video on website.