Retreat and meditation centers

All centers listed here do not charge any fees. Donations are accepted (and indeed, necessary to sustain their physical existence).

Thailand: The Three

Surat Thani: Wat Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage
10-day silent meditation retreats from 1st to 11th of each month.
Registration: Must be in person on the last day of the previous month.
Founded by Phra­ Ajahn Buddhadasa in 1989.
On Hwy. 41 (AH2), 53 km northwest of Surat Thani, and about 6 km southwest of Chaiya village and train station.
SuanMokkh-IDH.org
Theravada → Thai Forest Tradition → Buddhadasa Bikkhu
1st to 11th of month. Actual silent retreat: 10 days. Session length: 1 hour.
Teachings: from tape; teachers available for guidance and questions.
Sleeping: Large dorms(?); thin mat. Capacity: 150?
Koh Pha-ngan: Khao Tham Insight Meditation Center
English-language vipassana meditation retreats from the 10th to the 20th of every month.
Registration: Only in person, on Day 1 of the retreat.
Founded by Mae Chee Ahmon in 1988.
Retreat days: 10. Actual silent retreat: 7 days. Session length: 45 min.
Teachings: by Thai monk; teacher and manager available for guidance and questions.
Sleeping: dorms, 2 to a room, wooden bunk beds. Capacity: 40.
1.5km up in the hills above Baan Tai, Koh Pha-ngan, Thailand. [map]
KowThamCenter.org (You are here 🙂 )
Theravada → Thai Forest Tradition → Buddhadasa Bikkhu
Koh Samui: Dipabhāvan Meditation Center
English-language meditation retreats from the 3rd to the 10th and the 20th to the 27th every month.
Founded by Ajahn Poh, former abbot of Suan Mokkh, in 2005.
Registration: book online; form on website
In the south end of the island, in the hills above Baan Hua Thanon
DipaBhavan.Weebly.com english
www.DipaBhavan.org ไทย
ru.DipaBhavan.org русский
Theravada → Thai Forest Tradition → Buddhadasa Bikkhu
Retreat: 7 days. Actual silent retreat: 5 days.
Session length: 1/2 hour. Teachings: monk teacher; teachers available for guidance and questions.
Sleeping: big dorm, one for men, one for women. Capacity: 80.

United States

Wisconsin: Liberation Park Meditation Center
Space, support, and guidance for personal retreat. Long-term personal retreat available also.
Norwalk, Wisconsin, US
liberationpark.org/retreat/persrets.htm
Theravada → Thai Forest Tradition → Buddhadasa Bikkhu

Other vipassana meditation centers

Mostly in Thai Forest Tradition, or similar.

Thailand

Bangkok: Little Bangkok Sangha
Weekly meditation sessions and talks, with links to other centers in Bangkok.
LittleBang.org
Soi 61 off of Sukhumvit
Theravada
Bangkok: Dhamma Sathana
“A learning community for peace and harmony founded in 1987, providing a variety of programs for people of all ages, genders, and walks of life. It is set in nine acres of trees, with lotus ponds, winding paths and meditative nooks.” An amazingly beautiful place, in the middle of Bangkok.
Classes, workshops, and activities
SDSWeb.org
23 Ramindra 55 Rd, Bang Khen, Bangkok
Theravada
Isaan, NE Thailand: Wat Pah Nanachat
Established in 1975 by Phra Ajahn Chah (1918-1992). An American disciple, Phra Ajahn, was invited to lead the community as the first abbot. The monastery aims to serve as a training community for non-Thais along traditional monastic lines. Its monks, novices and postulants include a wide range of nationalities. The primary language of communication and instruction is English.
WatPahNanachat.org
Wikipedia
Near Ubon Rachathani, in Northeast Thailand
Theravada → Thai Forest Tradition → Ajahn Chah
Srithanu, Koh Phangan: Phra Olarn Tanawuttho teaches 4-day courses in walking Vipassana meditation every week at Wat Samai Kongkha.
Phra Olarn has been teaching at Wat Samai Kongkha since 2016. The primary language of communication and instruction is English.
The four-day course starts each week on Monday, and goes daily from 12 noon to 5pm through Thursday. No registration needed. Be prepared to commit yourself to the entire time, for the most benefit to yourself and to the other participants.
On the “inland road”, south of Srithanu and north of Koh Phangan Hospital. [map]
Theravada → Thai Forest Tradition?
More about Phra Olarn and his teachings is here, here, and here.
Centers in Thailand: Sawadee.com
Good descriptions of Buddhist meditation in Thailand, preparing for meditation, and where to learn Buddhist meditation — listing centers in Central, North, East, and South Thailand
Theravada, Thai Forest Tradition

Burma (Myanmar)

Pa-Auk Tawya Meditation Centre
Pa-PaAukForestMonastery.org

India

Dharamshala Himachal Vipassana Centre S.N. Goenka center
Dhamma.org
Dharamkot, above McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala
3-day, 10-day, and other sessions.
Theravada? → SN Goenka
Dharamshala Tushita Meditation Centre
English-language meditation retreats monthly from 1st to 10th. Free; register online. Retreat info
Daily 9:30am – guided meditation. Daily meditation info
Tushita Road above McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, India

Sri Lanka

MahaMevnawa Buddhist Monastery.
MahaMevnawa has many branches throughout Sri Lanka, with programs geared towards Westerners, and a wealth of materials on its website.

Online meditation courses

Vipassana Fellowship.
Ten-week courses. Intended primarily for beginners, and also suitable for experienced meditators who wish to explore different aspects of the tradition.
An established online course in Mindfulness Meditation as found in the Serenity and Insight traditions of early Buddhism.
online, at Vipassana.com.
Theravada

Listings for meditation centers

Meditation centers on Koh Pha Ngan
at Phanganist.com
Meditation centers in Thailand
at KnowledgeTrotter.com
S.N. Goenka Vipassana Meditation – all centers worldwide
at Dhamma.org

About meditation centers

Choosing a meditation center, at Dhammathai.org
Good information for what to expect at a Thai meditation center.
Living at a meditation center, at Dhammathai.org
Good information for Thai customs, food, clothing, and more.

Experiences at vipassana retreats

Meditation retreat at Wat Khao Tahm
January 2016, by nand0.
Nice writeup, and lots of good photos
My experience at a silent meditation retreat in Thailand
January 2016, by Susanne, who also taught yoga at the retreat.
Another nice writeup with good photos
An experienced meditator’s retreat at Garden of Liberation – Suan Mokkh in 2013

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