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The Path to Inner Peace and Well-being

 

Meditation

 

Meditation is part of Thai life, and it is not necessary to be Buddhism to benefit from it. It can be applied to daily life, aiding concentration and leading to a state of calm. Each year Thailand has attracted visitors from all over the world who wish to discover the secret of the peaceful and meditative lifestyle. Meditation teaching may range from English day classes at centers and temples in Bangkok to intensive, month-long courses at tranquil forest retreats in rural provinces.
 

 

 

Meditation centers in Thailand

Young Buddhists Association of Thailand (YBAT), Bangkok

The association runs a center where once can learn and practice Vipassana meditation. The meditation sessions are free of charge. The YBAT also holds a regular weekend meditation retreat together with the House of Dhamma.  Visit www.houseofdhamma.com for more details.

The International Buddhist Meditation Centre (IBMC), Bangkok

IBMC is a meditation division of Mahachulalongkorn Ratchawitthayalai (MCU) and offers regular talks in English on all aspects of Buddhism along with Vipassana meditation. Visit www.mcu.ac.th for more details.

Wat Mahathat, Bangkok

The Section 5 of Wat Mahathat is famous as a meditation center providing Vipassana meditation classes in English everyday. Classes consist of an introductory meditation instruction followed by demonstrations of walking and sitting. Students dress in plain white attire, eat simple food, and maintain silences as far as possible. Classes are free of charge.

Wat Sanghathan, Nontaburi

Wat Sanghathan is one of the oldest temples in Nonthaburi Province. The temple is now a well-known international Buddhist meditation center. It also offers seven-day intensive meditation retreats at Wat Tham Krissanadhammaram in Nakhon Ratchasima Province near Khao Yai National Park. Visit www.vimokkha.com for more details.

Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram, Ratchaburi

Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram is the official Buddhist Meditation Center and Dhamma School of Ratchaburi Province. It trains more than 20,000 participants in meditation, Dhamma, Pali and related areas every year. Meditation workshops and intensive meditation retreats in English are also available. Visit en.dhammakaya.org for more details.

Wat Umong, Chaing Mai

Wat Umong is one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai, dating as far back as 1300 AD. The peaceful temple is built in the foothills of Suthep Mountain and offers meditation retreats on Anapanasti, where one is free to practice one own’s meditation techniques. Teachers are available for questions and talks in English are normally given on Sunday. One – to four – day retreats are available at no costs.

Wat Pa Nana Chat, Ubon Ratchathani

Wat Pa Nana Chat is an international Buddhist monastery in a forest in Ubon Ratchathani Province. It was established in 1975 by Acharn Chah to provide a traditional monastic training community for non-Thais. The Dhamma practice here is intended to be all embracing, and rather than concentrate on a particular technique of meditation. It also includes all aspects of daily life. Visit www.watpahnanachat.org for more details.
 
Wat Suan Mokkh Forest Monastery, Surat Thani


Wat Suan Mokkh was founded by the venerated Buddhadasa Bhikkhu in 1932 in Surat Thani Province. At the time it was the only forest Dhamma center and one of the few places dedicated to meditation in southern Thailand. Today it is world famous as a place of retreat and contemplation. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu’s teachings focused on the importance of being in the present moment and of understanding the natural laws on interconnectedness and non-self. The 10-day retreats have been very popular and begin on the first of every month. Registration in person should be made a day or two in advance. Visit www.suanmokkh-idh.org for more details.

 

 

 

   

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