people and cultures – inspiring journeys
sharing meaningful discoveries in Asia
– Vipassana around Chiang Mai, southern Thailand and Thai Plum Village: scroll down.
Nilambe Meditation Center located in the hills approx. 45min drive from Kandy.
Beautiful nature with no electricity. A very special place to unplug and re-charge.
Vipassana style with time allowed for mindful yoga practice and wonderful dharma talks.
Founded by beloved teacher Godwin Samararatne whose spirit continues with the resident teacher
See more including writings and inspirations: www.nilambe.net
Isha Foundation and Yoga Center in Coimbatore, India.
Founded by Sadhguru, explore the website for programs and inspiring work:
Sadhguru’s You Tube Channel for very inspiring talks on all sorts of topics…
Home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibetan community in exile.
Tushita Meditation Center
in peaceful hills above Dharamsala, wonderful courses on Tibetan Buddhism: www.tushita.info
Deerpark Institute located in Bir. Founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in the spirit of Nalanda, a great university of ancient India in which all traditions of Buddhism were studied and practiced, alongside other schools of classical Indian philosophy, arts and sciences.
Meditation in and around Chiang Mai:
Wat Suan Dok- Buddhist University
Monk Chat is held on Mondays to Fridays between 5-7pm. Chat with the monks, ask them questions about their life and learn about Buddhism while the monks have the opportunity to practice their English.
Introductory course to meditation and Thai Buddhist culture is held each week at a beautiful, peaceful centre outside of town. Begin at 2 pm on Tuesdays returning at 2 pm the following day. Courses are sometimes cancelled so check the schedule on the website. Donation to cover costs is 500 baht. Participants need to wear white clothes, available for purchase at Wat Suan Dok for 300 Baht. www.monkchat.net
Wat Tham Wua Vipassana Center
A stunningly beautiful forest monastery about 35km from Mae Hong Son town. (In between Pai and Mae Hong Son.) Meditators are welcome to come anytime and follow the daily program run by the abbot Ajahn Luangta. Reservations are not taken–just come and practice. It is suggested to stay at least three days.
Some years ago when I first went here, I felt if I died on the spot, it would be in heaven. It was also a smaller, more intimate place with 20-30 people. But as exploring meditation has become more popular, Wat Tham Wua now welcomes many more people with a huge new dhamma hall. Not the same intimacy but wonderful more people are finding their way to these peaceful paths.
Learn more about Wat Tham Wua:
Wat Tham Doi Tone:
A very beautiful place located in Ban Mae Sapok, Mae Wang district-approx 1.5 hours from Chiang Mai.
Courses are held on a monthly basis for six or seven days led by Phra Ajhan Piyadassi. Conducted in Thai with limited English translation.
More on: https://www.vimuttidhamma.net/
If website is down, try email: email@example.com
Peaceful cave temple at Wat Tham Doi Tone
Suan Mokkh – Garden of Liberation
Forest Monastery founded by Ven. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.
North of Bangkok:
Thai Plum Village and Thich Nhat Hanh Sangha
located in Pak Chong approx 3 hours northeast of Bangkok. More info on: www.thaiplumvillage.org
Sit back and retreat with beautiful songs of Plum Village:
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