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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.   (

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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February 27, 2012


by kaiconfusion

Hey folks!
Short update.
We have left Malaysia finally on the 25th of February to Thailand. We took the train to a place called Chaiya.
Here we came to visit a Buddhist temple and meditation center not far outside the town itself.
This place offers a monthly meditation retreat. What does that mean?
In a few words, that means that you decide to withstand almost all of your personal habits, belongings and distractions of life for a course of 10 days, which you spend almost wholly with practicing meditation. There are some rules to it, to make sure others are not disturbed and to ensure your self’s concentration and success.  One of these rules is not to talk, to be in a silent state for the entire time!
We will join the 10 days meditation retreat starting on the 29th until the morning of the 11th.
We are very exited especially since we didn’t come here with  intention to participate but out of curiosity about this place.
We thought we might be better prepared if we already knew the place, to participate someday in the future .
The decision to do it now came quite spontaneously. We were offered to stay in the monastery for a few days to just experience the life within it. Since we were so impressed right from the start of the place, the mood and spirit and also amazed about the retreat program that both of us decided to stay quite immediately.

Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram is set in a beautiful jungle surrounding conductive for meditation or contemplation of the philosophy of life. The temple keeps you truly in tune with nature.
I guess we will have a lot to write about afterwards.
So you will read from us after our journey of isolation, silence, meditation and contemplation.  ( deutsche webseite)




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