Suan Mokkh

by kaiconfusion

Images and impressions about my experiences at famous Buddhist monastery Wat Suan Mokhh in Southern Thailand which inspired me to take a meditation retreat…

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Wat Suan Mokkh in Chiaya  –  www.suanmokkh-idh.org/

There is a lot to tell! I guess if  you are very interested you should visit the website of Suan Mokkh and watch the video for further information’s…
Wat Suan Mokkh ( “garden of release”) is quite unlike usual Thai Wat’s. There aren’t any big temples or shrines. Everything is kept very much in tune with nature. The temple and the nearby retreat center serve rather as educational center compared to more conventional temples.
The Wat was founded by the exceptional monk Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.

I have been in Buddhist countries before. Visited monasteries, spoke with many monks, visited pagodas  all of  which generally fascinated me a lot.
This experience is really a new level of confrontation with Buddhism.
We have stayed in this monastery for three nights before the start of the 10 days retreat.
So many new ideas have entered our minds. It truly was a great experience.
I just need to somehow manage to process all the new input parallel to the adventures of traveling
the new found fascination for permaculture, the ideas I want to realize with this Blog and so many things more…
Puh…So much to do in this life! There is no time for labor!

The monastic life can be really beneficial for ones life, for mind heart and health.

A documentary about Buddhadasa Bhikkhu !

Accommodation for the monks.
Monks live without possessions. All they have usually will be the robe they are wearing, a pot to collect food in the morning, a cloth bag. That’s about it. It can be a little more sometimes, like an umbrella and a razor, small things like that.
Monks sleep without mattress on a hard surface. They might have what is called a wo0den pillow and a mosquito net.
Usually they also would have a bunch of books.

In a Buddhist monastery men and women sleep of course separated also foreign guests.
This is the men dorm. You sleep on the ground without mattress .
At Suan Mokkh you can stay in the dormitory as long as you want after and before the monthly retreat.
Whilst the retreat no one shall stay in the dormitories. It is even possible for westerns to inhabit a small hut for more serious meditation.
There are also a bunch of foreign monks for instance from England and Germany living there permanently.

Thai orientation map of Suan Mokkh.

Who of the two is the monkey???

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4 Comments to “Suan Mokkh”

  1. So curious to be in your minds during the days of meditation!!! Just to see which thoughts go through when you try to retreat…..do you finally feel this clarity that comes through meditation, where you are out of your problems and you feel light as air and everything seems simple and peaceful? does it ever become too much?

    also, impressive how those monks live…..makes me hate some hypocrites of the christian church even more…….

    there is no time for labor thats true……………………………………

    and……..how stupid of you guys to think you can confuse people by putting Katie’s clothes on a monkey!!!!!!!!!!!! hihihihihihihihi

  2. Interesting. I slept in completely different dorms there – and my bed was concrete! Was such a good experience and extremely challenging at the same time.

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