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10 day Silent Vipassana Meditation Retreat, Thailand

Following the Awakening Leadership training I head to Bangkok tomorrow to catch a train south to Surat Thani. A port town and gateway to some of the infamous islands off the east coast. Islands I first visited some 27 years ago!

I am heading for Wat Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage, to attend a 10 day silent Vipassana retreat.

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The Suan Mokkh In­ter­na­tion­al Dharma Hermitage was found­ed by the Ven­er­able Ajahn Buddha­dasa in 1989.

The retreat allows us to with­draw from our usual ac­tivi­ties to a quiet and secluded place and devote our time to study, con­tem­pla­tion and med­i­ta­tion. Besides practising meditation, we will get an intro­duction to other aspects of the Buddha’s teaching, including the Four Noble Truths which in­clude the Noble Eightfold Path.

DAILY SCHEDULE
(With some modifications on Day 9 and Day 10)
04.00  ***Wake up                 *** = Monastery bell
04.30Morning Reading
04.45Sitting meditation
05.15Yoga / Exercise – Mindfulness in motion
07.00  ***Dhamma talk & Sitting meditation
08.00Breakfast & Chores
10.00  ***Dhamma talk
11.00Walking or standing meditation
11.45  ***Sitting meditation
12.30Lunch & chores
14.30  ***Meditation instruction & Sitting meditation
15.30Walking or standing meditation
16.15  ***Sitting meditation
17.00  ***Chanting & Loving Kindness meditation
18.00Tea & hot springs
19.30  ***Sitting meditation
20.00Group walking meditation
20.30  ***Sitting meditation
21.00  ***Bedtime
(the gates will be closed at 21.15)
21.30  ***LIGHTS OUT

I hope to register for the retreat commencing 1st October and will then be off line until 11th October.

Wish me luck! I will share the experience with you afterwards….