The practices

We practise Buddhism until we have a feeling for it.
After a time, a new kind of understanding arises.
— Ajahn Chah

The core of doing retreat is the things we practice during it.

Our practices during the regular 10-day retreat are alternating sitting, walking, and work meditation through the day. We also promise daily to abide by the standard Eight Precepts of Theravada, do 15 minutes of Buddhism chanting in the morning and evening, and express our strong respect to the Buddha and the teacher.

The purpose of all the practices is to provide a quiet place for our monkey mind to relax, and to develop the habits so that we can carry them back to our day-to-day life.

The sources of practices and teachings at Khao Tham are the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition, particularly as taught by Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho, and Buddhadasa Bikkhu. With emphasis on the actual goal of Buddhism: loving-kindness and compassion.

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