Audio Course Participant’s Question:

“I have been practising vipassana meditation for over a year now and want to delve deeper into it…have you got any places you can recommend for a retreat?”

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Yes, there are two which I can personally recommend:

1.  Wat Prayong Meditation Centre, Thailand.  

Wat Prayong is located about 40 minutes out of Bangkok in Thailand.  The teacher there, Acharn MC Brigitte Schrottenbacher, is a friend of mine.

She was also trained by my first and most formative teacher, Acharn Thawee Baladhammo, and is now teaching at  Wat Prayong International Meditation Center.

She is a wonderful human being, and totally dedicated to her students.  I have visited Wat  Prayong, and found it an extremely convenient and comfortable place for a Westerner to take silent retreat.  I guarantee you will be well taken care of and Acharn Brigitte’s extensive experience will guide you firmly and accurately.

2.  Kanduboda Meditation Centre, Sri Lanka

The teacher at Kanduboda, the Venerable Pemasiri, is one of the most wonderful men I have met, and a very effective teacher who immediately goes to the heart of every problem one might have with meditation.  He himself has meditated in the forests of Sri Lanka and in the temples of Burma, and is very flexible in whichever method he applies to each person.

The Kanduboda Meditation Center itself is well serviced and in a beautifully forested location.  I was there in 2010 and intend to go back soon.

Now, there are TWO sections to Kanduboda – sort of two temple complexes in one, divided by a wall and I am only acquainted with one – but they both take westerners and from reports, BOTH have extremely effective teachers.  So whether you end up in one or the other, it’s all good.

Please make sure you email or write to these places BEFORE you arrive, to ask for permission to practice there, because sometimes, depending on the time of year, both Meditation Centres are full.

Just click on the linked headings above to go to their sites.

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There are other Meditation Centre’s and temples that take Westerners, but I think these two are the best, particularly if you are just beginning.

For anyone contemplating taking silent retreat, try to make it at least a month, if not more, because it takes a bit of time for the mind and body to adjust to the new environment, not to mention the meditation itself.

Please, do not hesitate to step into this particular unknown … you only have one life, and at the very least this will be an extraordinary adventure of the mind and spirit – and at best, it will change your life.

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