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The simple cottages, facilities and religious buildings at Wat Kow Tahm are spread over a tree-lined piece of land that tumbles down to wide boulders affording views across much of Pha Ngan’s south coast and beyond. While the vista is worth a quick trip up here, the temple is primarily a venue for meditation retreats conducted by English-language instructors.

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Also spelt Wat Khao Tham (“Mountain Cave Monastery”), the small Thai Forest Tradition monastery found its way on to the foreign traveller map in 1988. A resident nun, Mae Chee Amorn Pun, requested that an Australian couple, Steve and Rosemary Weissman, stick around long-term to help teach the few foreign travellers who passed through with an interest in meditation and Buddhist teachings.

Take a breath, Photo taken in or around Wat Kow Tahm, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand by David Luekens.

Take a breath, Photo: David Luekens

Aged 93 as of 2016, Mae Chee Amorn Pun remains the “spiritual head” of Wat Kow Tahm, while Steve and Rosemary left in 2013 to teach meditation in Australia and many other parts of the world. Retreats are now led by Anthony Markwell, an Australian who spent 11 years practicing and studying the Dharma as a Theravada Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, India and Sri Lanka. Clearly, the guy knows what ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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