Melissa McKay

Melissa McKay

Teacher

Melissa began her path of meditation in 1998 with a small group of dedicated practitioners in Oakland, CA with her beloved, though not known, teacher named Barbara Janus who introduced her to the teachings of Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma. Her first retreat was with Sayadaw U Pandita and the profound changes she saw in herself gave her a strong faith and dedication to the practice. She practiced with Sayadaw and his monks at centers in the U.S. and Burma.  She met Bhante Khippa Pano of Vietnam in 2000 and he became her main teacher.  She continues to attend intensive meditation retreats yearly and has trained for over 10,000 hours.  

Bhante gave her permission to teach, and since 2003. She has taught at centers all over the United States.

Jack Kornfield has said of her, “Melissa is one of the most experienced practitioners of the new generation of teachers.”  And Lodro Rinzler, “Melissa has a skillfulness in making esoteric teachings relatable to modern day living.”

After nearly two decades in New York City, she now resides in Las Vegas with her family.

For more information visit www.melissamckay.net. 


Upcoming Events

Hybrid Santa Monica Community Dharma Nights

Wednesday
April 24, 2024
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM PT
Practice Groups (Single Class)
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Benedict Canyon Retreat House (Hybrid: In-Person) Clear Seeing: A Weekend Vipassana Retreat

Friday
April 26, 2024

3 days 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Multi Day Retreat)
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Online (Hybrid: Online) Clear Seeing: A Weekend Vipassana Retreat

Friday
April 26, 2024

3 days 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Multi Day Retreat)

Online (Online) Sunday Morning Practice Group with Trudy Goodman and Friends

Sunday
April 28, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT
Practice Groups (Single Class)

Experienced, Introductory

Santa Monica Meditation Center (In-Person) Sunday Morning Practice Group with Trudy Goodman and Friends

Sunday
April 28, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT
Practice Groups (Single Class)

Hybrid Santa Monica Community Dharma Nights

Wednesday
May 29, 2024
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM PT
Practice Groups (Single Class)

Santa Monica Meditation Center Loving Awareness: a Day of Metta and Mindfulness Meditation

Saturday
June 22, 2024
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Single Day)

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center Annual Summer Insight Retreat

Friday
July 12, 2024

4 days 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM PT
Residential Retreats (Multi Day Retreat)

Benedict Canyon Retreat House (Hybrid: In-Person) A Steady, Peaceful Mind: Developing Concentration – A Two-Day Retreat

Friday
October 11, 2024

3 days 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Multi Day Retreat)

Online (Hybrid: Online) A Steady, Peaceful Mind: Developing Concentration – A Two-Day Retreat

Friday
October 11, 2024

3 days 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Multi Day Retreat)

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Hybrid Santa Monica Community Dharma Nights

Wednesday
April 3, 2024
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM PT
Practice Groups (Single Class)

Benedict Canyon Retreat House (Hybrid: In-Person) Boundless Heart Metta Retreat

Friday
February 9, 2024

3 days 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Multi Day Retreat)

Online (Hybrid: Online) Boundless Heart Metta Retreat

Friday
February 9, 2024

3 days 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Multi Day Retreat)

Online Eat Like the Buddha: A Four Week Intermittent Fasting Class

Sunday
January 7, 2024
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM PT
Buddhist Teachings (Series)

Benedict Canyon Retreat House (Hybrid: In-Person) A Day of Practice to Ring In the New Year

Monday
January 1, 2024
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Single Class)
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Benedict Canyon Retreat House (Hybrid: In-Person) New Year’s Eve Meditation

Sunday
December 31, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PT
Buddhist Teachings (Single Day)

Benedict Canyon Retreat House (Hybrid: In-Person) Living from the Heart: A Two-Day Retreat

Friday
December 8, 2023

3 days 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Multi Day Retreat)
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Online (Hybrid: Online) Living from the Heart: A Two-Day Retreat

Friday
December 8, 2023

3 days 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Multi Day Retreat)

Online (Online) Sunday Morning Practice Group with Trudy Goodman and Friends

Sunday
December 3, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT
Practice Groups (Single Class)

Experienced, Introductory

Benedict Canyon Retreat House A Steady, Peaceful Mind: Developing Concentration – A Two-Day Retreat

Friday
August 4, 2023

3 days 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Multi Day Retreat)
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Benedict Canyon Retreat House Clear Seeing: A Weekend Vipassana Retreat

Friday
June 23, 2023

3 days 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Multi Day Retreat)

Experienced, Introductory

Benedict Canyon Retreat House Freeing the Heart: A Weekend Metta Retreat

Friday
May 26, 2023

3 days 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Multi Day Retreat)

Experienced, Introductory