2018 Mar. Meditation Retreat

Dr. Barry Kerzin will lead a meditation retreat in Japan this winter.
We will be happy if you can join this precious meditation retreat and practice with us.

【Date】Mar. 23 Fri. 13:00 – Mar. 25 Sun. 2018 15:00
*The retreat will be comprised of a combination of lectures and practice.

【Place】Yamanashi Prefecture, Kiyosato

Please note: Transportation – Each person needs to arrange own transportation to arrive at Yamanashi Pref. and leave from there by train or express bus.

*It takes 4 hours from Narita or Haneda airport.

【Lecturer】 Dr. Barry Kerzin (in English with Japanese interpretation)

【Fees: All prices include accommodation with 3 meals and Tax 】
・Early-bird discount until Feb. 23: 69000yen
・Feb. 24~: 75000yen
・Human Values Members: 69000yen
Organizer: Human Values Institute

(Please include your name, number of people, phone number and email address)

【Day sample program】
Day 1 : Start at 1:00 p.m.
Day 3(last day) : Finish at 3:00 p.m.

7:30 Morning Yoga
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Lecture
11:00 Meditation practice
11:40 Q & A session
12 30 Lunch
13:45 Lecture
15:00 Meditation including walking meditation
16:00 Q & A session
17:00 Meditation
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Lecture
19:45 Meditation
20:15 Silent time

<Meditation practice>
Shamatha meditation (Concentration/focused meditation)
Walking meditation
Tong Len Meditation (Compassion Meditation)
9 round breathing meditation

“What is meditation?”
“How does meditation help you?”
“What is mind?”
“How to cultivate compassion and mindfulness.”
“How to change your negative feelings.”

*There will be some tea breaks. The schedule is subject to change according to some conditions such as the group process/weather.

Barry Kerzin M.D.
Barry Kerzin was born in California. Barry received BA in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley and Barry received an MD degree from the University of Southern California.
Barry Kerzin is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma, a Visiting Professor at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India, an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and a former Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. Barry is a fellow at the Mind and Life Institute and consults for the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig on compassion training.
He is founder and president of the Altruism in Medicine Institute (AIMI) and founder and chairman of the Human Values Institute (HVI) in Japan.
For 29 years he has been providing free medical care to the poor up to the highest lamas. Barry has completed many meditation retreats including a three-year retreat. His brain was studied at Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison as a long-term meditator. He was ordained by HH the 14th Dalai Lama as a fully ordained monk and combines his work as a monk and doctor, harmonizing the mind and body. He lectures around the world in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Russia, Mongolia, Europe, and North America.
For HVI, Barry works in juvenile prisons in Japan and is developing a well-being curriculum. He teaches compassion to doctors at St. Luke’s hospital in Tokyo, and other hospitals and medical schools in Japan and leads meditation retreats at Mt. Fuji. He has delivered TEDx talks in Philadelphia and Taipei. For AIMI, in June 2015 he gave a medical grand rounds lecture on compassion at Stanford Medical School, and the Stanford CCARE, and in July lectured at Surgical Grand Rounds on the science behind meditation to the Ventura County Medicine Centre, as well as lectured at the University of Washington. In Spring 2016 he lectured at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and U.K. medical schools. Barry was the keynote speaker for the White Coat Ceremony for new first year medical students at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. In Fall 2016 he presented the plenary lecture to 800 Family Doctors at the Family Medicine Education Consortium in Pittsburgh. In 2017 he was invited to the board of the Pain Project from the Arizona Department of Health. They are tackling the opiate epidemic using non-pharmacologic methods. Barry consults for Kaiser Permanente on their new medical school (opening in 2019) infusing compassion throughout the curriculum.
He has written Tibetan Buddhist Prescription for Happiness, and with the Dalai Lama and Professor Tonegawa, Mind and Matter: Dialogue between Two Nobel Laureates, in Japanese. His books Nagarjuna’s Wisdom: A Guide to Practice, Compassion-Bridging Practice and Science and No Fear No Death: The Power of Compassion are in press (English). Barry has written many chapters for books and given many interviews for radio, and TV including documentaries on PBS New Medicine 2005, PBS Ethics and Religion 2015 and PBS NewsHour.


The teacher receives no salary. The participation fees are used to cover the international and domestic travel expenses of the teacher and staff for the programs, to help develop publication and distant education of the teachings, and to sustain the activities including ongoing support for people. Thank you for your understanding, and support for the sustainability of our activities.

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