MY EXPERIENCE AT A SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT IN THAILAND[social_warfare]
„Why am I doing this? I need a break. I could be lying in my hammock with a great book right now. It’s too early. I’m hungry. Why, why, why…“ When I signed up for a 10-day silent meditation retreat in a monastery in Thailand I knew it would be an extreme schedule, but it was harder than I expected. And more fulfilling than I expected too.
About the silent meditation retreat at Kow Tahm
The silent meditation retreat took place at Wat Kow Tahm, a Buddhist temple and monastery on the island of Koh Phangan in Southern Thailand. This beautiful location has been offering meditation retreats for over 25 years. In 1987 the Head Nun requested that two foreigners, Rosemary and Steve Weissman, help teach meditation to the growing number of travellers that came in search of spiritual guidance and instructions. And for the next 25 years they developed the meditation center and taught meditation to foreigners. Now Anthony Markwell, an Australian who ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1995, is the resident teacher. He was on a break while I was doing the retreat and Tan Dhammavidu filled in. Tan Dhammavidu is an English monk who for 20 years has given the Meditation and Dhamma instruction at Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage in Surat Thani, Thailand.
You can learn more about Kow Tahm and the retreats here: http://www.kowtahm.com