OF NAME :
is the person who donated the land; "Thawee" is the founder
and head teacher at the centre.
Bangkok, take a bus to Chachoengsao from either Northern (Moh Chit)
or Eastern (Ekamai) bus terminals. Then take a bus toward Bangkla;
get off after about 25 min. (just past KM post 17) where the bus turns
left at Bangkla Crossing; walk across the highway and follow the intersecting
road south 300 meters, then turn right another 300 meters at the sign.
of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Techniques using the tool
of mental noting are similar to those taught by Mahasi Sayadaw.
Formal sitting and walking meditation is done 8-12 hours a day.
Mindfulness is applied to all of one's daily activities. One must
practice systematically through waking hours in order to develop
the concentration needed for effective insight meditation.
individual interviews are considered essential. Meditators report
previous day's experiences, then receive instruction and guidance.
Ajahn Thawee, abbot (Thai; age 76) and a Western nun (Austrian) teach
and German are always available.
landscaped grounds of 24 rai (10 acres) with ponds, trees, and colorful
shrubs. Rice fields surround the centre.
novices usually 0
I4 a.m. wakeup;
630 a.m. breakfast;
730 a.m. individual interviews begin;
11 a.m. lunch. Day is spent in or near one's kuti doing intensive
not sleep more than 6 hours.
No group practice is offered.
quality and variety; vegetarian is available on request. Two meals
are served in the morning. Meditators eat mindfully in their kutis.
The community eats as a group on special occasions.
kutis with screens, fans, electricity, and attached bathrooms with
running water. Older kutis have Thai-style bathrooms; newer kutis
have western-style facilities.
IN ADVANCE? :
necessary to arrange accommodations.
Only individual (solitary)
practice is offered at present; this isn't for everyone as some
people feel the need for the support of group practice. A Dhamma
hall under construction is expected to open in 1993; check with
the centre then to find out if group practice will be offered. The
usual retreat duration is 50 days; 20 days is the minimum recommended
stay. Visits of less than 2 weeks don't allow enough time to develop
insight and won't be allowed. Meditators observe 8 precepts, keep
noble silence (especially not to talk about one's meditation experiences
with others), wear loose-fitting, modest clothing, and abstain from
reading, writing, or listening to radios. A blanket or light sleeping
bag is needed in the cool season. A 50 baht (US $2) daily fee covers