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This page provides talks by Buddha­dasa Bhikkhu and others, se­lect­ed morn­ing read­ings, the chant­ing book used at the In­ter­na­tion­al Dharma Her­mit­age, and the yoga-routine Khun Rein­hard has taught for many years to the male par­tici­pants of the retreats for down­loading.

This page provides talks by Bud­dha­dasa Bhikkhu and others, se­lect­ed morn­ing read­ings, the chant­ing book used at the In­ter­na­tion­al Dharma Her­mit­age, and the yoga-routine Khun Rein­hard has taught for many years to the male par­tici­pants of the retreats for down­loading.

Talks, Articles and Morning Readings

For the time being the following talks, articles, books etc. from and about Suan Mokkh retreats are avail­able for down­loading.

A) Tan Ajahn Buddhadasa: Idappac­cayata (The law of con­di­tion­al­ity)

Eight talks by Tan Ajahn Buddha­dasa given during the rains retreat 1982, trans­lated by Tan Dham­ma­vidu.
The provided zip-file contains the following talks:
Title Type A4 Pages
01 - Idappaccayata  pdf     11
02 - Void mind  pdf     14
03 - Living in the present  pdf     08
04 - Birth  pdf     09
05 - God  pdf     09
06 - Nibbana  pdf     08
07 - Samsara  pdf     12
08 - The World and the Dhamma  pdf     10

The zip-file can be downloaded at
   Idappaccayata.zip (850 KB)

The wealth of Ajahn Buddhadasa's teach­ing is available via the links on the Wat Suan Mokkh - page of this website.

B) Other Readings

Author Title Type Size
John Silent World pdf 1.19 MB
Keeble A participant's experience
[June 2009]
Khun Meditation in daily life pdf 319 KB
Reinhard Excerpt from the book:
Flag-GB          Introduction to Buddhism
and to Buddhist Meditation
Meditation im täg­lichen Leben pdf 365 KB
Flag-DE          Auszug aus dem Buch:
Einführung in den Bud­dhis­mus
und in die bud­dhis­tische Meditation

Khun Reinhard's book "Introduction to Buddhism and to Bud­dhist Med­i­tation" in English language and "Ein­füh­rung in den Bud­dhis­mus und in die bud­dhis­tische Me­di­tation" in German language is avail­able at

C) Morning Readings

Selected Morning Readings are available at
   Morning Readings.pdf (399 KB)


Cover Chantingbook 01 Cover Chantingbook 02
Many par­tici­pants enjoy the chant­ing during the retreat and would like to continue after they leave. The chant­ing book used during the retreats at the In­ter­na­tion­al Dharma Her­mit­age can be downloaded as pdf-file (21 pages) at
   Chanting Book.pdf (1065 kB)


Right from the start it has to be stressed that the retreats at the In­ter­na­tion­al Dharma Her­mit­age are med­i­ta­tion and not yoga retreats. The purpose of doing yoga during the retreat is to help the body (and mind) to deal with the challenges involved in a retreat.

It especially helps people from the West who are not used to sitting in a medi­tative pos­ture on the floor for long periods. Sooner or later bodily dis­com­fort in knees, hips, back, shoulders, and neck may arise. Yoga aims to help with this situation.

Women and men have separate classes with a female in­struc­tor for the women and a male in­struc­tor for the men.

During the med­i­ta­tion retreat the mind should become calm and peace­ful and the par­tici­pants should become aware what is going on in their bodies and minds. The yoga class is designed to accomplish just that, is designed to prepare body and mind for med­i­ta­tion.

Most par­tici­pants gain a lot during the 10 days of the yoga class and many continue with the routine or parts of it after the retreat.

A detailed description of the yoga routine Khun Reinhard has taught for a couple of years to the male par­tic­i­pants of the retreats can be downloaded as a pdf-file (13 A4 pages) at
   Yoga-Routine.pdf (1,337 kB)


An Engineer Turned Meditation Teacher
20 years fas­ci­nated by Suan Mokkh

MedBook-De A career of a different kind. This book de­scribes my trans­formation from a well-­paid engineer in Germany to an unpaid med­i­ta­tion teacher in Thai­land and at the same time takes a look behind the scene of the In­ter­na­tional Dharma Hermitage.

Buddhism, meditation, exotic cultures, par­a­dis­iacal sur­round­ings, lovely people, a re­mar­riage but also having had cancer twice has in­flu­enced this process of change between the years 1995 and 2015 decisively.

26 photos, graphics and tables illus­trate my liv­ing con­di­tions at the retreat centre.

Many people par­tic­i­pat­ing in a med­ita­tion retreat for the first time have only vague, some even wrong ideas re­gard­ing medi­tation, its objec­tives and the way to reach them. This book aims at elim­i­nating mis­under­stand­ings re­gard­ing the medi­tative de­vel­op­ment and illus­trates ex­em­plar­ily which de­vel­op­ment lay people can ex­pe­ri­ence after long years of practice.

Available at    https://www.khunreinhard.com

Vom Inge­nieur zum Medi­ta­tions­lehrer
20 Jahre fas­zi­niert von Suan Mokkh

MedBook-De Karriere einmal anders. Dieses Buch be­schreibt meine Wand­lung vom gut ver­die­nen­den In­ge­nieur in Deutsch­land zum unbe­zahl­ten Medi­ta­tions­lehrer in Thai­land und gibt dabei gleich­zeitig einen Blick hin­ter die Ku­lis­sen der Inter­natio­nalen Dhar­ma Her­mit­age.

Bud­dhis­mus, Medi­tation, exo­tische Kul­turen, para­die­sische Um­ge­bung, lie­bens­werte Men­schen aber auch zwei­malige Krebs­er­kran­kungen haben diesen Wand­lungs­prozess zwischen den Jahren 1995 und 2015 ent­schei­dend beein­flusst.

26 Fotos, grafische Dar­stel­lungen und Tabellen illus­trieren meine Lebens­um­stän­de im Retreat­zentrum.

Viele erst­malig an einem Medi­tations­kurs teil­neh­mende Men­schen haben nur vage, manche fal­sche Vor­stel­lungen von der Medi­tation, ihren Zielen und dem Weg dorthin. Dieses Buch will hel­fen, Miss­ver­ständ­nisse bezüg­lich der medi­ta­tiven Ent­wick­lung zu besei­tigen und ex­em­pla­risch ver­deut­lichen, welche Ver­ände­rungen Laien nach lang­jähriger Praxis erle­ben können.

Erhältlich über    https://www.khunreinhard.com