About the website

The intent of this website is to give information about the Khao Tham Insight Meditation Center and the retreats it offers, along with some general information about its neighbor monastery Wat Khao Tham, and about Buddhism itself.

Everything on this website is provided in the spirit of the Dhamma, and is free to be shared and used by anyone.

All pages on the website are listed in the navigation menu at the top

The latest schedule and contact information is on every page, in the left sidebar on desktop or large tablet, or at the bottom on mobile.

There may be way more information on this page (or anywhere on the website!) than you want to know. That is OK — you don’t have to read it. 🙂 Just “take what you like, and leave the rest.”

English spelling (transliteration) of Thai words

Q: Thai “ภูเขา” “mountain” is transliterated normally as “khao” — why is it spelled “Kow Tham”?
A: I am not sure how it got to be spelled “Kow” here — am looking into it.

There is no universally-applied method for transcribing Thai into the Latin alphabet. Official standards are the Royal Thai General System of Transcription (RTGS), published by the Royal Institute of Thailand (More info here), and we are trying to follow that now, especially since it makes the automatic translation more accurate.


Explanation of the interactive features on this site:

  • Commenting
    Your comments about the Center and the retreats are encouraged, and there is a comment form on almost every page on the site. Comments are moderated: They do not appear automatically, but every comment is read and possibly edited before it is published.
  • Glossary
    A page describing some common words is being provided on this site, with links to more extensive glossaries elsewhere.
    On a desktop of laptop, you can roll your mouse over words that look like this and a pop-up will display a definition for that word. On tablet or phone, it will depend on the browser -- on some you can press and hold, and see the pop-up. If not, you can tap the link to go to the definition.
  • Translations
    are available on all pages, from a menu in the top bar next to the navigation menu. We don't have any control over how words or phrases are translated -- it is all done by an automatic translation program at Google. So it is provided as something helpful, not perfect.
    If you would like a language added, that is easy. Please contact the site admin and let us know!

The Tech

The website is developed and maintained with the WordPress CMS, a lot of good plugins, and some associated custom coding. All code is open source and available for anyone.

Web development and maintenance is done as dāna by an experienced web developer. Web hosting is provided the same.

Website feedback

Your input is very welcome to help us know how this website can best serve you. You can leave a comment here, for the public to read as well as the site admin, or you can leave a private message for the site admin at the contact form.

Privacy and security

Please go to the Privacy and security page for all information about this topic.

page revised: 21 September 2018

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