Archive for ‘SPIRITUALITY’

October 23, 2012

Spirituality and Meditation – Wat Tam Wua Forest Monastery Thailand

by kaiconfusion

About spirituality and Vipassana meditation in a Forest Monastery and Meditation Retreat in Northern Thailand – learning how to meditate with Buddhist monks …

After we had created a Food Forest garden at the Permaculture Project Panya
in Northern Thailand
,Forest Monastery Wat Tam Wua stayed with a forest man (Sandot) at Tacomepai organic farm and stayed in the Forest for a week for primitive wilderness outdoor camping, we still hadn’t got enough of the forest! It was time for us to go retreat with the monks in a Buddhist Forest Monastery a second time. Our first time in a Buddhist Monastery, was at Wat Suan Mohkk in Chaiya near Surrat Thani in the south of Thailand. Wat Suan Mokhh also is a forest monastery and has a retreat nearby, where we participated for a 10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreat in March 2012.
We stayed at Wat Tam Wua in August 2012 at the end of our stay in Thailand.

Why do we meditate?

We practise Meditation to find peace and calm and to learn to overcome the illusionary self, and to reveal this reality as false. To discover and understand the true qualities of nature and by that become a better support to all sentient beings. So that we can implement the true meaning of life.

Where to meditate?

There are donation based meditation centres all over the world in Europe,  Asia, Australia, America and Africa. Take a look on the website to get more information’s about Meditation retreats
and mediation centres and find addresses near you!

www.dhamma.org

Wat Tam Wua Forest Monastery

Placed in a beautiful spot surrounded by sublime nature, the monks are welcoming everyone at any time to stay at their monastic grounds, retreating from the rest of the world, practising meditation, finding peace and quite…
The monastery is placed

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March 23, 2012

Suan Mokkh Meditation Retreat

by kaiconfusion

What is an meditation retreat?

In Buddhism

A retreat can either be a time of solitude or a community experience. Some retreats are held in silence, and on others there may be a great deal of conversation, depending on the understanding and accepted practices of the host facility and/or the participant(s). Retreats are often conducted at rural or remote locations, either privately, or at a retreat centre such as a monastery. Some retreats for advanced practitioners may be undertaken in darkness, a form of retreat that is common as an advanced Dzogchen practice in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Spiritual retreats allow time for reflection, prayer, or meditation. They are considered essential in Buddhism,[2] having been a common practice since the Vassa, or rainy season retreat, was established by the founder of Buddhism, Gotama Buddha. In Zen Buddhism retreats are known as sesshin.   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retreat_%28spiritual%29#Buddhism)

Meditation hall #5 – were we have been sitting for most of the 10 days retreat.

Basic Rules at the international hermitage Suan Mokkh

During the retreat, all participants are required to observe some basic rules. This is for the ben­e­fit of everyone – a very important part of getting you to the right frame of mind for med­ita­tion – and because you will be staying on monastery grounds. You must:

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March 19, 2012

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.

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