Khao Tham Center

Things to know about Khao Tham Insight Meditation Center, and the Khao Tham Monastery

Mae Chee Ahmon

Mae Chee Ahmon Founder of Khao Tham Insight Meditation Center.

The Khao Tham Insight Meditation Center was developed by Thai Buddhist nun Mae Chee Ahmon, in association with the adjacent monastery Wat Khao Tham (วัดเขาถ้ำ), and has been providing monthly meditation retreats by experienced meditation teachers since 1988. More about the history of Khao Tham is here.

A ten-day samatha meditation silent retreat is conducted in English from the 10th to 20th of each month, in which we practice mindful breathing (anapanasati), sitting meditation, and walking meditation (jongrom).

On this website you can see the daily schedule, and read all about the retreats.

The Monastery and the Meditation Center practice Pāli tradition (Theravāda) Buddhism, following the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho.

Khao Tham (Thai เขาถ้ำ) means “Mountain Cave”. The monastery and the meditation center were named this for the caves which attracted monks here for meditation over 100 years ago.

In the Latin alphabet it is usually spelled (technically, “transliterated”) Khao Tham. Other tramsliterations are ‘Kao Tham’, ‘Kow Tam’, ‘Kao Tam’, ‘Kao Tahm’.