OF NAME :
refers to 3 large rocks beside the river shaped like measuring weights
once used in Thailand.
Pra Putabat, Amper Si Chiangmai, Nong Khai 43130
Located on the banks
of the Maekhong River, 655 km northeast of Bangkok. The temple is
68 km west of Nong Khai, the provincial capital. The town of Si
Chiangmai, 18 km east of the wat, has bus connections with Nong
Khai, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Bangkok. The
overnight tour bus from Bangkok run by Baramee Tour goes all the
way to the wat if there are 8 or more passengers headed there. You
can also take rains to Nong Khai or fly to Udon Thani (91 km from
the wat). Songtaews go to Wat Hin Maak Peng from Si Chiangmai; other
songtaews and local buses can drop you off at the gate, then it's
half a kilometer walk in.
with breathing), mental repetition of "Buddho," or maranasati (recollection of death) is used to develop concentration along with
mindfulness. One then uses this "mind strength" to investigate
the body and know its true characteristics. From this knowledge,
the mind becomes free from clinging.
is free to follow their own meditation system. Instruction is available
mainly through books and tapes.
Luang Poo Tate and other senior monks will answer questions. Mindfulness
and observance of disciplinary code and temple rules are important
Poo Tate, abbot (Thai; age 89)
vice abbot, Ajahn Pichit, and a few other monks speak English; they
can translate and answer questions.
Luang Poo Tate meets with visitors and answers their questions in
Thai. He no longer gives talks, but his books (in Thai and English)
and recordings of Dhamma talks (Thai) are available. The Autobiography
of a Forest Monk, by Venerable Ajahn Tate, recently became available
in an English version, edited by Bhikkhu Ariyesako. Luang Poo Tate
conveys much wisdom to the reader through stories and lessons from
his life. The 314-page book is in libraries and available for free
distribution from the monastery.
large, attractive buildings perched on the banks of the Maekhong River,
opposite Laos. Scenic and quiet location with trees and bamboo groves.
On entering the wat, you'll come to guest houses for laypeople on
the right, the bot (uposatha hall) on the right, the
abbot's residence on the right, then the main sala on the left. Monks
and novices stay in kutis beyond the main sala. Ask one of monks in
the main sala if you would like to stay if you have questions.
typical daily schedule begins with a bell at 3 a.m. for individual
meditation practice (optional); 630 a.m. monks and novices go on pindabat;
730 a.m. monks and novices chant (usually in uposatha hall); 8 a.m.
meal for monks, novices, and pakows in main sala (laypeople sit opposite
and chant); 9 a.m. laypeople eat; 3 p.m. work period (sweeping and
other chores); 4 p.m. drink; 430 p.m. work period (cleaning main buildings);
7 p.m. chanting in main sala; 8-10 p.m.meditation in uposatha hall.
good Bangkok-style. Monks and novices go on pindabat for rice; most
food comes from the kitchen and donors. Laypeople eat leftovers after
monks finish eating. (It's allowable for foreigners to set aside some
leftovers before the chanting, as the Thai laypeople quickly scoop
up everything in sight as soon as the chanting ends.)
and novices have individual kutis, somewhat close together. Laypeople
who come for meditation can stay in guest houses (shared rooms), separate
buildings for men and women. Laymen can also ask for a kuti in the
monks' area. Most kutis have screens, electricity, and attached bathrooms.
Bathrooms have showers or tanks for bathing and Asian-style toilets.
IN ADVANCE? :
Write with your plans to stay and whether or not you speak Thai.
| Luang Poo Tate practiced under the famous Ajahn Mun for 9 years. He
later founded this monastery on a site that had been popular with
monks on tudong. Almost all monks here spend time on tudong.
Some malaria exists, so one needs to be careful
to use repellent or netting from dusk to dawn. Visiting monks and
novices who plan to spend more than 14 days need a letter of permission
from their monastery. Laypeople should observe 8 precepts, respect
rules, be self-reliant and motivated, and be quiet (socializing is
discouraged). Women stay in their area except for some group chantings,
meeting with a teacher, making offerings ( dana ), or paying
respect to monks. Women should speak at least a little Thai.