The Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage was founded by the Venerable Ajahn Buddhadasa in 1989. Since then about 25,000 people, coming from all over the world, from many walks of life, between 17 and more than 70 years of age, have participated in the monthly meditation retreats here.
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. The teachings and the structure of the retreats at the International Dharma Hermitage of Wat Suan Mokkh are designed for a period of 10 days and therefore we ask the participants to commit themselves for this period of time. We do not accept people for less than 10 days.
The meditation technique taught is
Mindfulness with Breathing.
(concentration and vipassana meditation)
Besides learning and practising how to meditate, participants will get an introduction to some other aspects of the Buddha's teaching, including the Four Noble Truths which include the Noble Eightfold Path.
In order to do the retreat successfully, you must be really free from all commitments for the period of the retreat. All phone calls, e-mail, letters, tickets, flight confirmations, money changing, visa extensions etc. must be arranged and organized before the retreat begins.
There is no way to do them during the retreat.
Your phone, tablet, notebook etc. has to be deposited for safe keeping during the retreat.
You must be in good general health, both physically and mentally. The retreat is not suitable for people with mental disorders or drug addictions.
A motto of Venerable Ajahn Buddhadasa was "Live plainly, aim high". This is reflected in the retreat's very simple living conditions in close contact with nature. For example:
Dormitory - inner courtyard and private room
- The private room for your use is small, containing just a hard bed with a simple straw mat, a blanket, a mosquito net, and a wooden pillow.
Toilets (mainly Western style) and baths (Asian style mandi) are shared facilities.
- We'll have two vegetarian meals a day plus a drink in the evening.
We cannot provide any extras or special diets and you may not bring any food or drink in the retreat.
- Loose clothing e.g. T-shirt, fisherman pants. Due to monastic custom the body should be completely covered from the shoulders to below the knees, including the upper arms. No see-through clothing please.
It is not necessary to dress in white during the retreat.
- Slippers, since shoes have to be taken off in all buildings.
- Personal toiletries, mosquito repellent, towel, hand mirror for shaving.
- Umbrella or raincoat (during rainy season).
Some purchases (toiletries, etc.) can be made during the retreat at our small shop.