I am heading to Cambodia/Thailand/Indonesia in September and I was wondering if anyone knew of any 1 day - 1 week workshops in meditation/classes which are in english? Preferably less touristy ones as would love to experience this there.
Thanks so much!
P.S. Apart from the typical Siem Reap/Angkor and Phnomh Penh, what would you recommend as beautiful places to explore in Cambodia? We are not so much into going there to party/drink/be with tourists and love beautiful landscapes/locals etc. Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks guys! xx
#1 misscherie has been a member since 22/1/2010. Posts: 6
Hi! Sorry to reply so late. I would definitely recommend Vipassana courses (http://www.dhamma.org/). Be warned: it's 10 days and very intense (!) but fully worth the rewards. I haven't taken this course in Thailand but people who have say it was a great experience.
Most monasteries/meditation centers request that you stay at least a week, while some require 10 to 26 days. However you can certainly find some that will allow a 3 to 5 day stay (someone mentioned recently doing 3 days only at Wat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai - see below). If you're looking for a day course, many temples do offer such a thing for foreigners once a week, but I can't remember specific places I saw that... There was a temple in Vientiane that I wandered into right near the Mekong where it was going on every Sunday - English speaking monks, specifically for foreigners, of course I can't remember which temple it was. I'm afraid that as far as I know there aren't many places in Cambodia specifically for foreigners to learn/practice meditation, although I'm sure casual instruction may be found there.
In Thailand, though, there's no shortage of places for foreigners to practice... I posted this in a similar thread about a month ago:
Hope this helps,
Ok, here it's not.... And the thread seems to have disapeared.... Well, anyway, here are the places I wanted to mention:
Wat Sanghathan, Nonthaburi (Bangkok area) and its 3 branches in Bangkok area, Phitsanulok area, and Khao Yai National Park --- www.vimokkha.com
Wat Pah Nanachat, near Ubon Ratchathani --- www.watpahnanachat.org
International Buddhism Center at Wat Doi Sutthep, Chiang Mai --- www.fivethousandyears.org
Wat Ram Poeng, Chiang Mai --- www.paliknaon.com/vipassana/tapotaram/tapotaram.htm
Thailand Vipassana Center, near Phitsanulok --- www.dhamma.org
Wat Suan Mokkh, near Surat Thani --- www.suanmokkh.com
Wat Kow Tahm, Koh Phangan --- www.watkowtahm.org
General info --- www.buddhistravel.com
Ok, one last correction....
Wat Ram Poeng's website is www.palikanon.com/vipassana/tapotaram/tapotaram.htm
The Cambodians haven't really caught on to the spiritual travel thing. Buddhism in the country is still in a bit of shock and suffering from the KR days, so many of their leader monks were killed. Defrockings are common as there are plenty of badly behaving monks around.
Sorry for the hijack. Does anyone know if something like this exists in Luang Prabang?
#8 glomer has been a member since 23/2/2010. Posts: 86