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Chiang Rai Buddhist Group

Address: Chiang Rai Sangha College, Rittiprasath Road,   T.Wiang A.Muang, Chiang Rai 57000
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Chiang Rai Sangha College
Phone: +6653021421
E-mail: tony.macgregor@gmail.com
Website: https://chiangraibuddhistgroup.wordpress
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Spiritual Director: Phrakhru Suthee  Email  (Phone: +6653601070)
Main Contact: Tony Macgregor  Email  (Phone: +6653021421)
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Chiang Rai Buddhist Group is an English-language largely expat group that meets regularly for meditation and Buddhist study. We organize meditation retreat and hold Dhamma discussion.


Dhamma KaƱcana

Address: Mooban Wang Kayai, Tambon Prangpley, Sangklaburi District,Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand  
Tradition: Theravada, Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N.Goenka
E-mail: info@kancana.dhamma.org
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Dhamma Kañcana, meaning ‘Gold of Dhamma’ , is located in Kanchanaburi Province,

approximately 300 kilometres west of Bangkok and 60 kilometres from the Myanmar border.

Kanchanaburi is famous not only for its historical railway bridge built the River Kwai built by

prisoners of war during World War II but also for its picturesque landscape of hills, waterfalls and

rivers.

Donated by old students, Dhamma Kañcana is situated at the foot of a hill surrounded by a

sparse forest and close to a vast water reservoir behind the Vajiralongkorn Dam. The weather is

generally pleasant all year long: warm in summer, fresh during the rainy season from June to

October, and rather cold from November to February. Both the weather and the natural

environment make the site an ideal place for meditation.

The Centre is under construction. The meditation hall, the teacher’s residence and the kitchen

have been almost complete. The construction of a male residential building has just begun.

Dhamma Kañcana is expected to be ready in 2007, when ten-day, twenty-day and thirty-day

courses will be regularly offered.


Dhammakaya Foundation

Address: Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram Dammnoen Saduak District, Rajburi Province 70130, Thailand.  
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 66-81-837-8457;
Fax: 66) 32-740-170
E-mail: bmi@dhammacenter.org
Website: http://www.dhammacenter.org/home
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Introduction to Dhammakaya Meditation

About five hundred years after the Great Decease of Lord Buddha, there remained no evidence of the Dhammakaya meditation technique. After devoted practice, the Venerable Chao Khun Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni restored the principles of Dhammakaya meditation and taught them. Today the approach has become well-known once again.

The Venerable Chao Khun Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni once said that Dhammakaya meditation would be known all over the country, primarily because it penetrates right to the heart of the practice of purification. Defilements such as greed, hatred, delusion, conceit, wrongview, doubt, sloth, restlessness, shamelessness, and lack of moral dread are uprooted naturally and effectively. Avijja or ignorance becomes Vijja or knowledge.

Dhammakaya meditation is not a new practice, as many believe. It is the original Buddha-Teaching. Dhammakaya meditation is the exact path that the Buddha practiced. It is cited many times in the Tipitaka (Buddhist Canon), and directly follows the Noble Eightfold Path which is classified into the three categories of Sila or morality, Samatha or Right Concentration, and Vipassana or Right Wisdom. In combination with the four Satipatthana or Foundations of Mindfulness, the Samatha (concentration) and Vipassana (insight) will advance to Right Wisdom pertaining to the Sankhara or compounds and Visankhara or non-compounds. The Right Wisdom of the Four Noble Truths will be unfolded. Nirvana or freedom from all conditioning and suffering will, thus, be attained.

Without Lord Buddha, this teaching would never have been known and practiced. Without the Venerable Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni, Dhammakaya meditation would never have been well known again. Various benefits will be gained even at the beginning of Dhammakaya meditation practice.

This is for all who seek to understand reality or the true meaning of life as well as those who seek inner purification. Wisdom and virtue develop hand-in-hand. As the meditator progresses beyond the distortions of the passions, insight sharpens and understanding deepens.

Dhammakaya Meditation does not require blind faith. You do not have to believe in Buddhism to benefit from it. It is a method for training the mind to become concentrated and keenly aware, focused inward at the center of the body. With practice, you will encounter new experiences for yourself and will develop confidence.

In 1916, Luang Phor Sodh Candasaro (Chao Khun Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni) rediscovered the Dhammakaya approach to meditation which had been lost sometime during the first five hundred years following the passing away of Lord Buddha. The technique leads the meditator directly along the path to enlightenment and emancipation by combining concentration (Samatha) and insight (Vipassana) meditation techniques. It is, thus, extremely focused and effective.

Dhammakaya Meditation practice has become popular and widespread throughout Thailand. This is intended to make the method more widely available to English speakers.

Meditation begins with turning the powers of observation and awareness inward. We are accustomed to perceiving the outside world, but introspection requires special effort. Steeped in science, we have prided ourselves on “objectivity” while remaining largely unaware of inner biases.

Traditional scientific objectivity required isolation from the object observed. Since quantum mechanics was introduced, science has recognized that we are part of the world we perceive and what we see depends on how we look at it. Meditation is like polishing a lens to enable us to see more clearly. Skill in meditation develops the ability to perceive experience directly without the distortions implicit in conceptualization.

Many seekers turn to meditation because of dissatisfaction with life. This is the universally experienced sadness / suffering / tension (Dukkha) on which Lord Buddha based the Four Noble Truths. But, this motivation to ease tensions or cope with anxieties is only a starting point. Many meditation techniques will provide relief on this worldly level, but the beauty of Dhammakaya Meditation is that it leads directly upwards from this plane to more and more refined, purer and purer levels of awareness.

The effectiveness of the Dhammakaya Meditation derives from focusing attention at the center of the body and combining three meditation techniques simultaneously. Meditators often debate the efficacy of concentration (Samatha) versus insight (Vipassana). Dhammakaya Meditation employs elements of both. Higher and higher levels of concentration enable personal insight to progress from a more worldly view to Right Understanding and ultimately to Supra-mundane Right Wisdom.


Dhammodaya Meditation Centre

Address: 45/1 Mu 4 Tambol Tanoun-krat Ampur Muang.   Nakhon Pathom 73000
Tradition: Theravada, Vipassana meditation, Mahasi Sayadaw
Phone: (0) 1-810-9632
E-mail: dhammodaya@yahoo.ca
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Contact: Ms Khun Nay  
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Dhammodaya is a Mahasi Sayadaw based practise Centre with various English speaking teachers, both Burmese and Western,  trained in Burma under Sayadaw U Janaka.It is located just outside Bangkok and conducts retreats frequently throughout the year as and when the teachers are available. U Janaka was a disciple of Mahasi Sayadaw himself, and has numerous centres around the world. The approach focuses much on Metta meditation as an aid to Insight. Most of the teachers speak fluent English, which is translated for Thais.

Dhammodaya does not have a website of its own, relying instead on phone and email contact, and the extensive network of the YBAT organisation of Bangkok, and other contacts. The retreats are almost always in English, or English + Thai, with experienced teachers under the tutelage of Sayadaw U Janaka.


Huseyin Turkkan

Address:   Chiang Mai Chiang Mai
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: International Meditation Center, Chom Thong, Chiang Mai
E-mail: h_turkkan@yahoo.com
Website: http://vipassanameditasyonu.blogspot.com
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Teacher: Thanat Chindaporn  
Spiritual Director: Ajarn Thong  
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Vipasana Meditasyonu (Retreat yada temel Eğitim), Thravada Budizmi, ve Geleneksel Çin Tıbbı  ile ilgili olarak yolunuz Thailand a düştüğünde herhangi bir yardım gereksinmeniz olduğunda seve seve yardıma hazırım.

Sevgi ve saygıyla.


International Dhammadayada Ordination Program (IDOP)

Address: 23/2 Moo7 Tambol Klong Sarm   Klong Luang, Pathumthani province Pathum Thani 12120
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Dhammakaya Temple
Phone: 66 944947649
Fax: None
E-mail: english@ordinationrthai.org, govito@ymail.com
Website: http://www.ordinationthai.org
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Teacher: Phra Rajbhavanajahn  
Main Contact: Ven. Samarth Govito  Email  (Phone: 66 944947649)
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The main purpose of ordaining is to free yourself from worldly commitments and worries so that you may have the opportunity to fully commit yourself to meditation and break away from the shackles of desire so that you may find true happiness.

Monks manage to free themselves from worldly desire by fulfilling the daily routine required of them by the tenets laid down by the Lord Buddha. In this case, the word ‘duty’ (kicavatra) is a compound made up of two words: ‘kica’ and ‘vatra’.

‘Kica’ means duties that are so important that they are considered compulsory. ‘Vatra’ means things that are advisable do, although not required. If you choose not do these latter, the consequences may not be disastrous – they do not break the monastic discipline – but they could result in the lessening of respect by those who support the monks out of faith. However, if you comply with these activities, the level of respect accorded on you will only improve and strengthen. These items of daily routine will also help to free you from worldly desire.


Karuna Meditation Center

Address: 82/3 Moo 4  Kamala Phuket 83120
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Summit Dharma Center
Phone: +066-076-278-134
E-mail: info@meditate-thailand.com
Website: http://meditate-thailand.com
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Teacher: Michael Gregory  
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Karuna Meditation Center is dedicated to the meditations and teachings of the Buddha, with special emphasis on mindfulness and compassion practices.

The center hosts a full program of practice and Buddhist retreats available to students wanting to learn meditation in Thailand, including residential retreats, intensive retreat sessions, and yoga retreats. We have a wide variety of meditation instructors with backgrounds ranging from the Theravadan Buddhist tradition, Zen Buddhist, and Indo-Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Weekly Dharma talks are given as well as personal meditation instruction and interviews in English by native English speakers.


Little Bangkok Sangha

Address: Various locations in Bangkok  Bangkok Bangkok
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, All Dhamma in English, in Bangkok
Phone: 085 060 7386
E-mail: little.bang@live.com
Website: http://www.littlebang.wordpress.com
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Littlebang, short for The Little Bangkok Sangha aims to be an up-to-date resource for Dhamma events in Bangkok that are in English. We invite speakers who are passing through Bangkok to stop and give a talk (or two), or lead workshops in meditation. Many events are arranged by Littlebang directly, others are of different organisations in Bangkok. Occasionally weekend retreats are arranged outside of Bangkok too. Emphasis is on Theravada Buddhism, but all good Dhamma (that is for free) is listed.


meditationplace.org

Address:   Bangkok
Tradition: Theravada
Website: https://meditationplace.org
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Guide to the Meditation Places around the World.


METTA (Meditation Education Training Treatment Academy)

Address: 73/412, MOO. 5, MUANG EK, SOI EK BURAPHA 5,   LAK HOK Pathum Thani 12000
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: METTA (Meditation Education Training Treatment Academy) INDIA
Phone: 02-9972059
E-mail: mettaindia@gmail.com
Website: http://www.mettaindia.org
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Spiritual Director: Ven. Abhaya Putra Bhikkhu  Email  (Phone: 02-9972059)
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METTA is carrying METTA 2020 PROGRAM to revive Buddhism in India

METTA 2020 is a program to create 2,000 well trained monks for India during 15 years. Initially it was aimed to reach the target in 2020, starting in 2005. Due to the setback faced in 2009 the program may be extended for the period of five more years. METTA 2020 will carry rigorous training of each Novice to be monk for length of ten years.


Middle Way Retreats

Address: 40 Mu 8 Khlong Song   Khlong Luang Pathum Thani 21210
Tradition: Theravada, Mahanikaya
Affiliation: Luang Pu Wat Paknam
Phone: +66-85-6951660
Fax: +66-2-8312512
E-mail: info@meditationthai.org
Website: http://www.meditationthai.org
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Ven.: Dhammajayo Bhikkhu  
Main Contact: Khemadhammo Bhikkhu  Email  (Phone: +66-81-5734372)
Teacher: Thitakusalo Bhikkhu  
Spiritual Director: Phra Rajbhavanavisudh  
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At our retreat centers, we teach meditation courses monthly, using the Dhammakaya Meditation Technique, an ancient technique of meditation, which was revived and taught by the well-know Thai meditation master Phra Mongkoltepmuni (Sod Candasaro, 1884- 1959).

Our staff can speak good English. At our Retreat Centers, you will find and learn a simple and effective method of meditation in a beautiful, comfortable environment. You will also receive guidance on meditation from experienced teaching monks.


Phuket Meditation

Address: Soi Chaofah 5 Moo 1   Chalong / Nabon Phuket 83130
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Thai Forest Tradition,
Affiliation: Heaven Man Earth International
Phone: +66 (0) 87 2797655
E-mail: info@phuket-meditation.com
Website: http://phuket-meditation.com
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Secretary: Mrs. Parn Sakda  Email  (Phone: +66 (0) 87 2797655)
Main Contact: Tobias Warzinek  Email  (Phone: +66 (0) 87 2797655)
Spiritual Director: Tobias Warzinek  Email  (Phone: +66 (0) 87 2797655)
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Dharana Meditation Center in Phuket

Come and deeply relax your body and mind with our unique and lifechanging Meditation retreats here on the beautiful Island of Phuket. We are known as one of the best Meditation and Retreat Centers in the South of Thailand and combine relaxing holidays with authentic Mindfulness Retreats. Our Program is ideal for beginners and everyone who loves simplicity, warmth and comfort.

Retreats are running throughout the year. Our classic 4 Night Retreats start every Monday and finish every Friday. You can click here to see all the dates for 2015 and see all upcoming retreats.

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What we do...

  • We combine relaxing holidays & mindfulness retreats
  • We offer a profound and meaningful experience
  • Learn Buddhist Meditation, Switch off, Let go and rest on all levels
  • Find a new perspective, start over and center yourself
  • Heal your wounds & find strength for a new life-chapter

We look forward to welcome you at Dharana...
Sincerely,
Tobi and Parn


Thaimeditationcenter

Address: 150/195 rama2   bangkok 10150
Tradition: Mahayana
E-mail: manjarb4@gmail.com
Website: https://thaimeditationcenter.com/
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Finding Buddhist meditation classes in Thailand - in local Temples.


Thanyapura Mind Centre

Address: Thanyapura Mind Centre 120 Moo 7 Thepkasattri Road, Thepkasattri,   Thalang Phuket 83110
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: +66 (0)76 336 000
Fax: +66 (0)76 336 069
E-mail: info@thanyapura.com
Website: http://www.thanyapura.com/tmc/home
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Offering daily meditation instruction and ongoing Shamatha and Vipassana retreats.


The College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University

Address: Salaya, Phutthamonthol 4, Nakhorn Prathom,73170 , Thailand Tel. (662) 800 - 2630 - 39 Fax. (662) 800 - 2659   Nakhorn Prathom Nakhon Pathom 73170
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: 02-8002630
Fax: 02-8002659
E-mail: crwww@mahidol.ac.th
Website: http://www.crs.mahidol.ac.th
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Teacher: Dr.Pinit Ratanakul  
Main Contact: Phramaha Boonmee Poungpet  Email  (Phone: 02-8002630 ex 216)
Spiritual Director: Dr.Pinit Ratanakul  Email  (Phone: 02-8002630)
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The College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, was founded in 1999 and is located at the Namthong Building, just opposite the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Salaya, Nakhorn Prathom, Thailand.

The College is dedicated to the study and research in the field of religious studies
and fosters mutual understanding, cooperation, and respect among people of different religious traditions both in Thailand and throughout the world, so that common concerns might be creatively addressed. In teaching and research, the College also strives to nurture global ethical values and promote peace and human well-being.

The 21st Century has come with all its promise and potential.
Southeast Asia and the rest of the world are entering a new and challenging historical stage. Accordingly the College has designed its program to meet these challenges.

Continuing in its mission,
the College advances the academic study of religion among members of the monastic and lay communities with special emphasis on Buddhism. Its academic programs address emerging issues that are new challenges to religion such as those which concern globalization, women’s rights, new scientific discoveries, and the use of modern technology in medicine. Other dimensions of the programs include training students in modern languages, computer, and critical thinking, along with religious studies, to enable them to live meaningfully in the globalized world.

The College of Religious Studies is currently offering Bachelor\\\'s and post graduate degrees
to produce competent teachers and scholars of religion as well as chaplains/ counselors to serve modern needs of Thailand and the wider global community.

Job Opportunities
In a globalized world the broad inter-cultural studies of our students prepares them for careers in multicultural settings such as government and multinational corporations.  Many of our graduates go on to study in such areas as law, education, management, psychology, political science etc, and then move on to careers in academics, law, counseling, media, banking, teaching, the airline industry etc.

For the graduate monks, they often go on to hold high positions within the Thai sangha serving as abbots, temple administrators, heads of meditation centers and as missionaries in many parts of the world.


Wat Bhaddanta Asabha Theravada

Address: 118/1 Moo 1 , Baan Nong Pru, Nong Pai, Kaiw Baan Bung   Chon Buri 20220
Tradition: Theravada, Intensive Insight Meditation (Mahasi Sayadaw)
Phone: 038 292- 361
Fax: 038-292-361
E-mail: wat_asabha@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.bhaddanta.com
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Teacher: Ajahn Somsak Sorado  
Spiritual Director: Ajahn Dr. Bhaddanta Asabha  
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Ajahn Somsak Sorado, a disciple of Ajahn Dr Bhaddanta Asabha, has been teaching vipassana meditation at Vivek Asom Meditation Center for over 5 years. He was in the
United States on Buddhist missionary duties for 2 years and has been teaching meditation at Wat Bhaddanta Asabha Theravada for 5 years now.

The retreat is widely open for both beginner and experienced meditators. On the retreat, all meditators are expected to keep silence at all times except when
giving meditation reports. All meditators must keep the eight training precepts.

Meditators need only bring conservative clothing (preferably white colored clothing), personal hygiene accessories and essential medication.


Wat Kow Tahm International Meditation Center

Address:   Koh Pah-ngan Surat Thani 84280
Tradition: Theravada
E-mail: info@watkowtahm.org
Website: http://www.watkowtahm.org
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Assistant: Mike or Helge  Email  
Spiritual Director: Mae Chee Ahmon  
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Mailing: P.O. Box 18
Regular retreats are held so please email: info@watkowtahm.org


Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Voravihara - Chom Tong Insight Meditation Center

Address: Tambon Ban Luang Amphur Chom Tong, Chiang Mai 50160   Chiang Mai
Tradition: Theravada, Satipatthana Vipassana
Affiliation: Mahasi Sayadaw Lineage
Phone: 0-5334-2184 (English) 0-53826-869 (Thai)
E-mail: chomtong@sirimangalo.org
Website: http://zencohen.us/?p=155
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Spiritual Director: Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo (Phra Rajaprommajarn)  
International Teachers: Thanat, Kate, Edward, Jodi  
Contact Person: Phra Noah, Khun Thanat Teacher: Venerable Phra Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo, who teaches S: Location is a two hour bus-drive from Chiang Mai (buses leave at Chiang Mai gate). Chom Thong is the heart of the small village, where there are many hill-tribe people who know the way if asked.  (Phone: Location is a two hour bus-drive from Chiang Mai (buses leave at Chiang Mai gate). Chom Thong is the)
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Located about one hour west of Chinag Mai is Chom Tong, a small rural village hosting a beautiful Wat (temple) with Buddha relics, a meditation master and retreat facilities for Thai and international meditators as well as monks and nuns. Beginners courses last 21 days, after which you may take courses ranging from 12 to 14 days. Courses are ongoing throughout the year, just contact the center beforehand to check if they have room and to let them know you are coming.


Wat Phu Thok

Address:   Nong Khai
Tradition: Theravada
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Phu Thok
Location: Amphoe Bung Kan
Phu Thok means an isolated mountain in Isan dialect. Located in Ban Na Kham Khaen, Tambon Na Sabaeng, this sandstone range stands out and can be seen from a distance. It consists of two hills: Phu Thok Yai and Phu Thok Noi. Previously, this area was dense woods with many wild animals. Because of its tranquility, Phra Achan Chuan Kunlachettho, a meditation master, initially established a meditation place here for Buddhists to practise the Buddha’s teachings.

Phu Thok Noi is where Wat Chetiya Khiri Wihan (Wat Phu Thok) is situated. This temple is the starting point of a walk up to the top of Phu Thok, via a wooden bridge winding around the steep mountain. The bridge was built with faith from monks, novices and villagers. The construction began in 1969 and took five years to complete. This bridge is compared to a path of virtue that leads a righteous man to leave a world and enter into emancipation by their own efforts and determination. Phu Thok is still a meditation practice centre and a place for the community’s religious affairs. Visitors shall be calm in manner and pay respect to the place. The bridge’s stairs to the mountain top are divided into seven sections.

How to get there:
To get there Phu Thok is around 185 km. from the town of Nong Khai. Take Highway 212, past Pho Chai, Pak Khat and Bueng Kan districts. Then, turn left to take Highway 222 and head for Si Wilai district. From Si Wilai, take a left turn and go on for another 30 km., past Ban Na Sing, Ban Sai Ngam, to Ban Na Kham Khaen and Phu Thok.


Wat Pichaiyat Vipassana Centre

Address: Tn. Somdet Chao Phraya Klong San, Thonburi, Bangkok.  
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: +66 (0)1 777 9346
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Spiritual Director: Abbot: Phra Phrommoli  
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Vipassana Meditation in the late Mahasi Sayadaw tradition is taught here.


Wat Samrannives

Address: Ban Suk Samlan Thambon Bung Amphur Muang Changwat Amnat Chaloen   Amnat Chaloen Amnat Charoen 37000
Tradition: Theravada, Ven. Mun
Affiliation: Udompon
Phone: 086 2631055
E-mail: admin@watsamrannives.com
Website:
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Main Contact: Pa Bandit  Email  (Phone: 086 2631055)
Spiritual Director: Pa Bandit  Email  (Phone: 086 2631055)
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Teachings of Buddhist doctrines and Meditation. Teaching students the Buddhist way of life.


Wat Thaton

Address: Tambon Thaton, Amphur Mae Ai   Chiang Mai 50280
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 053-459-309
Fax: 053-459-284
E-mail: webmaster@wat-thaton.org
Website: http://www.wat-thaton.org
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Main Contact: Phra Ratha Panyavudho (Vayagool)  
Teacher: Phra Sri Sithimethee (Deputy Abbot of Wat Thaton)  
Spiritual Director: Phra Ratpariyatimethee (Abbot of Wat Thaton)  
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Vipassana Meditation based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

Phra Sri Sithimethee (Pali IX)  is Deputy Abbot of Wat Thaton and has completed the level of Pali IX Studies.  The meditation center is quiet and peaceful, with trees covering most of the grounds. Well spread out over approximately 170 acres and constantly growing,  The retreat is widely open for both beginner and experienced meditators. A Thai- English Interpreter is available at all times.


Watpahsunan - Sunandavanaram Monastery

Address: 378 Arkarnsongkroh 20 kor, Sathorn District Bangkok - Thailand 10120   Kanchanaburi Kanchanaburi
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Wat Nong Pa Pong Forest Monastery
Phone: 662-676-3453
E-mail: mayagotami@watpahsunan.org
Website: http://angsila.cs.buu.ac.th/~suwanna/mambo/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1
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Spiritual Director: Phra Ajahn Gavesako  
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Sunandavanaram Temple is a place for practicing Insight Meditation and Anapanasati (mindfulness breathing) led by the Abbot, Venerable Ajahn Gavesako.  As of today, there are twenty monks, two novices and about ten workers.