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Learn Buddhist Meditation in Thailand Buddhist Meditation Centers arranged by request.
Last Modified On: Tuesday, 05/December/2006 20:00:30pm
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International Buddhist Meditation Center (IBMC)
Dhamma Vicaya Hall, Wat Mahadhatu, Tha Prachan, Bangkok Tel: (662) 623-6326, 623-6328 (Afternoons only, 1-7.30 p.m.) IBMC is the vipassana teaching center of Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University, one of the highest seats of Buddhist learning in the country. Mindfulness meditation classes in English are held daily, from 1-6 p.m. except on Buddhist holidays and Sundays. Bring flowers, nine sticks of incense and a candle for the opening ceremony. The Center also organizes vipassana retreats at Buddha Monthon in Nakhon Pathom, usually on major Buddhist holidays and long weekends. Dhamma talks to groups can be arranged by request.
Section Five, Wat Mahadhatu
Tha Prachan, Bangkok Tel: (662) 222-6011 Thais and foreigners have long come to Section Five of Wat Mahadhatu to learn mindfulness meditation. Classes are held from 7-10 p.m., 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. These are mixed; at any given session there will be beginners and advanced meditators, monks and laymen, locals and tourists. English-speaking instruction is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You can come for a retreat of three days or longer. Meals and accommodation are provided on the compounds free of charge. Bring enough sets of clothes, toiletries and personal items, and an offering of flowers, a candle and nine sticks of incense for the opening ceremony. Donations are accepted but not solicited.
Northern Insight Meditation Center at Wat Rampoeng (Tapotharam)
Tumbon Suthep, Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai Tel/Fax: (66-53) 278-620 The Northern Insight Meditation Center has been teaching mindfulness meditation to thousands of tourists and locals for more than 20 years. It has English-speaking monks, nuns and volunteer facilitators on staff. The center offers a 26-day basic course on an ongoing basis. After you have completed this course you can join the 10-day Insight Meditation Retreat. Tourists are required to present two passport photos, two copies each of a valid passport and visa with entry stamp. Modest white clothing is required; this can be bought at the Temple’s store. Dormitory-style accommodation and meals are provided free of charge. Donations are accepted but not solicited.
Wat Phra Dhatu Sri Chomthong
Tumbon Baan Luang, Amphoe Chomthong, Chiang Mai Tel: (66-53) 826-869 This temple is headed by the monk who founded the Northern Insight Meditation Center at Wat Rampoeng. Meditation retreats are held on an ongoing basis. Meditators must present identification card or valid passport, and inform the temple of their intended length of stay. Then they can choose whether to follow the Five or Eight Precepts. The temple provides meals and simple, dormitory-style lodgings, most with their own bathroom. Proper clothing is available at a shop next door to the monastery. Bookings are advised, since the retreats draw large crowds during major Buddhist holidays and Chinese vegetarian festival.
Suan Mokkh Forest Monastery
Amphoe Chaiya, Surat Thani Tel: (66-77) 431-596-7 Fax:(66-77) 431-597 e-mail: email@example.com website:www.suanmokkh.org Founded in 1932 by the late Venerable Buddhadasa Bhikku, meditation master and Buddhist scholar, Suan Mokkh holds a 10-day meditation course on an ongoing basis. During the course participants will explore two inter-related subjects: dhamma and meditation. Meditation instruction focuses on mindfulness with breathing (anapanasati), a system of training used and taught most often by the Buddha. Dhamma talks are held daily, and everyone is encouraged to participate. English-speaking facilitators called “Friends” offer guidance on meditation practice and all other aspects of the course.
OTHER MEDITATION CENTERS
Young Buddhists Association of Thailand (YBAT) 58/8 Soi Petchkasem 54, Petchkasem Road, Bangkok Tel: (662) 413-3131, 413-1706
House of Dhamma (Vipassana) Insight Meditation Center 26/9 Chompol Lane, Lat Phrao Soi 15 Chatuchak, Bangkok Tel: (662) 511-0439 (weekends or evenings only) Fax: (662) 512-6083
Sthiradhamma Sthana 24/5 Soi Watcharapol, Ramindra Soi 55, Bangkok Tel: (662) 510-6697, 510-4765 Fax: (662) 519-4633
Sorn-Thawee Meditation Center, Chachoengsao Tel: (66-38) 541-405
Vivek Ashram Vipassana Meditation Center, Chonburi Tel: (66-38) 283-766
Wat Pah Nanachart (International Forest Monastery) Ban Bung Wai, Amphoe Warin, Ubon Ratchathani 34310
Wat Kow Tham International Meditation Center Ko Phangan, Surat Thani 84280