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
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.