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BANGKOK
Bangkok
Wat Mahatat
Wat Bovornives Vihara
Wat Pak Nam

CENTRAL
Wat Asokaram
Wiwek Asom Vipassana
Sorn-Thawee Meditation Centre
Boonkanjanaram Meditation Centre
Wat Sai Ngam
Sunnataram Forest Monastery

NORTHEASTERN
Wat Wah Poo Kaew
Wat Pah Nanachat
Wat Nong Pah Pong
Wat Pah Wana Potiyahn
Wat Doi Dhamma Chedi
Wat Pah Ban That
Wat Hin Maak Peng

NORTHERN
Wat Umong
Wat Ram Poeng
Tham Thong Meditation Centre
Chom Tong Insight Meditation Center
Wat Thaton
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

SOUTHERN
Suan Mokkh
Wat Kow Tham

 A GUIDE TO MEDITATION CENTRES IN THAILAND
 CENTRAL - WIWEK ASOM VIPASSANA MEDITATION CENTRE
 
MEANING OF NAME :
"Quiet dwelling place"
ALSO SPELLED :
Vivek Asrom Vipassana Meditation Center
ADDRESS :
Tambon Ban Suan, Ampher Muang, Chonburi 20000
TELEPHONE :
0-3828-3766
DIRECTIONS :
Located just outside Chonburi on the road to Ban Bung.Buses leave frequently from Bangkok's Eastern (Ekamai) Bus Terminal for the one-hour trip. Get off at Ban Bung intersection in Chonburi, then walk or take a samlor to the meditation centre.
MEDITATION SYSTEM :

Vipassana using techniques similar to those taught byMahasi Sayadaw. Based on Four Foundations ofMindfulness described in the Maha Satipatthana Sutta. Concentrationis developed on the rise and fall of the abdomen, then awareness is directed to physical and mental sensations.

TEACHING METHOD :

Daily interviews with the teacher.

TEACHERS :
Phra Ajahn Asabha (Dhamma Chariya) (Burmese; age 79)
Phra Ajahn Charlee Jaruvanno (Thai; age 54)
Phra Ajahn Pramuan (Thai; age 60)
LANGUAGE :
Phra Ajahn Asabha speaks only Thai and Burmese, but a translator can be arranged. The other teaching monks speak some English.
DESCRIPTION :
Shaded, fairly quiet location on the edge of Chonburi.Simple, modern architecture. Kutis are fairly close together. Separate living and practice areas for men and women.
SIZE :
monks 30-60
novices 3-7
nuns 20-30
laypeople 20-30
DAILY ROUTINE :

Meditators practice in meditation halls or in rooms according to their own schedule. Continuity of practice is stressed. Everyone is encouraged to meditate 20 hours a day. One should avoid socializing, reading, and leaving the centre during one's stay.

FOOD :

Very good quality and variety. Monks and novices go on pindabat, then eat mindfully in their kutis. Laypeople can eat in the kitchen or take food to their rooms. A simple breakfast is served early morning, then the main meal in late morning. Laypeople can arrange for food, including vegetarian, to be ordered from shops and delivered to the centre.

ACCOMMODATIONS :
Individual rooms or kutis with screens, electricity, and Thai-style bathrooms with running water.
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Individual rooms or kutis with screens, electricity, and Thai-style bathrooms with running water.
OTHER INFORMATION :

One should come with the intention of staying at least 2 weeks. Meditators follow the 8 precepts but may, if needed for health reasons, take food after mid-day. Phra Ajahn Asabha came to Thailand in 1953, after the Thai government extended an invitation to the Burmese government to send vipassana teachers.

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