Many foreigners visiting Hua Hin are interested in Buddhism and in meditation. Information is widely available, yet the large amount of seemingly differing teachings offered by various Buddhist schools and monasteries, the language barrier (most information is in Thai) and the fact, that it takes time and advice of experienced meditators to effectively learn a proper meditation technique, leaves many of those interested a little bit at loss.
The organizers of the program on offer have previously spent some years at a Buddhist monastery in southern Thailand, studying Buddhism, practising meditation and sharing their knowledge and experience with a large number of foreign students during the monthly meditation retreats. After moving to Hua Hin they now want to continue to share their experiences here.
Fortunately Venerable Tan Ajahn Daoriuang, the abbot of Wat Khao Santi in Khao Takiab, offered the facilities of the monastery to support this task.
The lecture series and practice sessions are, as the title of the program indicates, designed for beginners, yet more experienced practitioners will appreciate the calm atmosphere of the monastery and the group support; they are very welcome as well.
During our "Regular courses" the abbot or a senior monk will be available for a question and answer session at the end of each day. Their answers and talks will be translated from Thai into English. All other discourses and explanations will be given in English.
As many beginners are not used to sit on the floor for extended periods of time and as walking activities form a vital part in many peoples life, we will practise not only sitting meditation but walking meditation as well. Walking meditation is a very powerful tool and the Hua Hin area is very inviting to put this way of mental development into practice during our daily activities.
We recommend but do not insist on sitting cross legged on the floor during talks or sitting meditation periods. We have a few chairs available for those in need but suggest bringing your own cushions to sit on as the monastery does not stock these things - most Thais do not need them.
We intend to run the program in succession year round and may be able to offer a seven or ten day retreat in the future if people are interested.
Traditionally the teaching of the Buddha (the Dhamma) is given free of charge. If you think the course had been helpful to you and you want help others to benefit in the future as well, you may offer some donation for necessary expenses and preserving the location at the end of the courses.