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See Listings below for:
– Vipassana around Chiang Mai and southern Thailand.
– Thai Plum Village: www.thaiplumvillage.org
– Nilambe Meditation Center: www.nilambe.net
Vipassana 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. On the last week of the month participants return Friday. Courses are sometimes cancelled so check the schedule on the website. Course fee is 500 baht plus donation (1000 Baht for 4-day course). Participants need to wear white clothes, available at 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.
Getting to Wat Tham Wua:
Getting to Wat Tham Wua is easy by bus or by reserved seat Mini-Vans from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station ( approx 5 hours) There are several vans per day and good to book in advance. The driver can drop you off at the entry road leading to Wat Tham Wua. It is a little more than 1.5 km flat walk to the center. Best have light luggage or luggage on wheels for the walk as you may not see a car driving down the small road to help. Coming from Mae Hong Son town- about 1 hour drive and you can also hire a private taxi from either Mae Hong Son or from Pai.
Wat Tham Doi Tone:
Another beautiful place located in Ban Mae Sapok, Mae Wang. 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: www.vimuttidhamma.org
Peaceful cave temple at Wat Tham Doi Tone
Suan Mokkh – Garden of Liberation in southern Thailand
Forest Monastery founded by Ven. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.
Thai Plum Village and Thich Nhat Hanh Sangha
located in Pak Chong approx 3 hours northeast of Bangkok. More info on: www.thaiplumvillage.org
Green Papaya Sangha meets every Thursday evening in Chiang Mai:
Little Bangkok Sangha:
Dharma Talks and Events in English: www.littlebang.org
Nilambe Meditation Center located in the hills approx. 45min drive from Kandy.
Beautiful nature and no electricity.
Founded by Godwin Samararatne. See more including writings and inspirations: www.nilambe.net
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.
Sit back and retreat with beautiful songs of Plum Village:
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