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.
We are also making an attempt to provide information about Buddhism concepts, the Thai Forest Tradition, and teachers and teachings in that tradition as well as those with similar outlook (such as Thich Nhat Hahn for example).
Everything on this website is provided in the spirit of the Dhamma, and is free to be shared and used by anyone.
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.” We have tried to structure the website so that the most important things are at the top levels, and anyone can drill down if they want more.
Privacy and security
Just like crossing the road, ultimately your Internet safety depends on you. Nevertheless, as with the road, there are things that the Internet/Web builder can do to help. All efforts are made to protect your information and your computer while using this website.
Please go to the Privacy and security page for all information about this topic.
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:
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.
A page describing some common words related to Buddhism is being provided on this site, with links to more extensive glossaries elsewhere.
On a desktop or 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.
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!
Use and License
This website is dedicated to helping to spread the dhamma. All access and materials are provided freely and with no restriction, at no cost. All sources linked to provide their materials at no cost.
The original content on the website is copyright © Khao Tham Insight Meditation Center.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
The website is developed and maintained with the WordPress CMS, a lot of good plugins, and some custom coding. All code is open source and available for anyone.
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.
Web development and maintenance is done as dāna by a long-time (23-years!) professional web developer. Web hosting is provided the same.
There is no funding for the website or the web developer. A little money would sure make it a lot easier to do the work! If you would like to help the website monetarily, you can contact the admin here.
If you would like to help the website technically … the build and coding is pretty much a one-man show, that would probably cause your eyeballs to fall out if we tried to share it. 🙂 However, we can always use suggestions, design ideas, content, photos, images! Contact the admin here.
— james (balo)
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