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Buddhist monasteries in Laos/Vietnam

  • galeforce

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    I am planning a trip to Laos and Vietnam in September 08. Does anyone know any buddhist monasteries in Laos (preferrably) or Vietnam that offer accommodation and/or meditation retreats for lay people?

    #1 Posted: 15/5/2008 - 19:39

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  • wanderingcat

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    don't know of any Lao monasteries that offer accommodation to tourists.

    for meditation, Wat Sok Pa Luang in Vientiane has short sessions for foreigners by English-speaking monks on Saturday afternoons. think that's the closest thing Laos has to the type of meditation retreats for non-locals offered in Chiangmai & Northeast Thailand.

    for longer retreats, you'll hafta ask around in Vientiane (there's a Wat that has meditation instructors but i cannot recall the name, maybe starts with 'N') or Luang Prabang. but can you speak Lao? the retreats that i know of are meant for training Lao monks & novices, not laymen.

    #2 Posted: 18/5/2008 - 10:32

  • agarlao

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    Your best bet is Wat Pah Nakoon Noi outside Vientiane. This is the main forest monastery in Laos and oversees Wat Sok Pah Luang mentioned above. Several foreigners have spent time there, mainly French. Some of the monks who live in the monastery speak English and are very experienced in teaching meditation. If you need any help, contact me at agarlao@yahoo.com.

    #3 Posted: 19/6/2008 - 08:25

  • jesperzac

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    Hi Galeforce,

    Did you ever embark on this trip and did you indeed find a monastery which offered accomodation and most importantly training/teaching in meditation?

    I have never meditated before, but is very determined to learn it and cannot think of a more suitable place, since I anyway wish to visit Laos.

    Thanks for advising.

    Best regards,
    Jesper

    #4 Posted: 10/12/2008 - 06:42

  • Indoluso

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    Hello,

    We're going to SE Asia this summer and we've heard about monasteries in Laos which offer accomodation, even for a couple of nights, however we've been searching but found nothing. We aren't looking for a spiritual retreat, we have not enough time for that, just a new experience which we think would be sleeping a couple/four nights in a monastery.

    If anyone knows about anything share it please!

    Cheers!

    #5 Posted: 14/1/2010 - 04:39

  • agarlao

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    Wat Pah Nakoon Noi as mentioned above. Any taxi/tuk-tuk driver will be able to take you there.

    #6 Posted: 14/1/2010 - 11:15

  • Indoluso

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    22nd December, 2009
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    Thank you very much for your answer. I just forgot saying that we probably won't be going to Vientiane or Luang Prabang unless we'll find some really cheap flights (due to time restraints), we'll stick to southern Lao. If you know one in the region we'll be glad to hear about it. Otherwise we'll hope for cheap air tickets that'll take us to north Lao.

    Cheers!

    #7 Posted: 14/1/2010 - 17:30

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