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
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
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.
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
1.5km up in the hills above Baan Tai, Koh Pha-ngan, Thailand
KowThamCenter.org (You are here 🙂 )
Theravada → Thai Forest Tradition → Buddhadasa Bikkhu
English-language vipassana meditation retreats from the 10th to the 20th of every month.
Russian-language vipassana meditation retreats from the 23rd to the 30th 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 dorm, wooden bunk beds. Capacity: 40.
Koh Samui: Dipabhāvan Meditation Center
DipaBhavan.Weebly.com english
www.DipaBhavan.org ไทย
ru.DipaBhavan.org русский
In the south end of the island, in the hills above Baan Hua Thanon
Theravada → Thai Forest Tradition → Buddhadasa Bikkhu
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
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
Norwalk, Wisconsin, US
liberationpark.org/retreat/persrets.htm
Theravada → Thai Forest Tradition → Buddhadasa Bikkhu
Space, support, and guidance for personal retreat. Long-term personal retreat available also.

Other vipassana meditation centers

Mostly in Thai Forest Tradition, or similar.

Thailand

Bangkok: Little Bangkok Sangha
LittleBang.org
Soi 61 off of Sukhumvit
Theravada
Weekly meditation sessions and talks, with links to other centers in Bangkok.
Bangkok: Dhamma Sathana
SDSWeb.org
23 Ramindra 55 Rd, Bang Khen, Bangkok
Theravada
“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
Isaan, NE Thailand: Wat Pah Nanachat
WatPahNanachat.org
Wikipedia
Near Ubon Rachathani, in Northeast Thailand
Theravada → Thai Forest Tradition → Ajahn Chah
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.

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.
Dharamshala Tushita Meditation Centre
Tushita Road above McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, India
English-language meditation retreats monthly from 1st to 10th. Free; register online. Retreat info
Daily 9:30am – guided meditation. Daily meditation info

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.

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 Kow 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

page revised: 17 July 2018

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