Attraction 271/2 Moo 1,Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Dipabhavan Meditation Centre is special ?
Dipabhāvan is located on the hillside slope of the high mountain in the southeast of Koh Samui. When you look around from there, you can see beautiful sea views, coconut trees and high mountains covered by green forest. All of those are the conditions supporting the meditator to progress in meditation.
The name "Dipabhāvan" means the Development of Light Hermitage. The "Light" is the light of Dhamma. The Dhamma or Dharma, the teaching of the Buddha, is the refuge of the troubled mind, is the island in the ocean of human difficulties.
Dipabhāvan was established in 2005 for use by both Thai and foreigners. Since then many people from various countries have joined the retreat. They have found something different and more profound than they have ever known. Dipabhāvan welcomes everyone who would like to fulfill their life by benefiting from Dhamma practice. The retreat is open for people from all walks of life, races, sexes, faiths and beliefs without prejudice or discrimination.
What to explore at Dipabhavan Meditation Centre?
The meditation technique taught is "Mindfulness with Breathing" or "ānāpānasati" in the Pali language. Participants will learn:
how to practice mindfulness with breathing;
to develop concentration to produce tranquility of mind;
mind purification to see the supreme wisdom of understanding things as they are;
insight development to free our minds from attachment and sufferings, i.e. i.e. "Insight- or Vipassana-Meditation".
Lord Buddha praised "Mindfulness with Breathing" the most. He attained enlightenment because he practiced mindfulness with breathing. Apart from the "Mindfulness with Breathing" practice, the daily program at the hermitage will include the teaching of yoga, Buddhist chants and the practice of "Loving Kindness Meditation".
- “Mindfulness experience”
- “Worth a trip for the mindful”
- “Serene place to clear your mind”
- “Unique Experience”
- "Interesting retreat"
271/2 Moo 1,Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand
Tips for you
This seems to be the first entry in Tripadvisor on the Dipabhāvan Meditation Centre in Koh Samui, perhaps for obvious reasons; the Centre does not cater to the typical Sun, Sea and S-- -loving farangs that throng the island and secondly it does not really charge for the 7-day English-language retreat that it conducts on its premises 20th-27th of every month. Having same that, the Dipabhāvan Meditation Centre offers a truly unique experience for those who long for something different. The Dipabhāvan Meditation Center is operated and supported by ordained and lay Buddhists as well as contributions from the public and the local government sector with the objective of supporting and promoting Buddhism and meditation practice. The name "Dipabhāvan" means the Development of Light Hermitage. The meditation technique taught is Anapanasati and Mindfulness with Breathing. 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. Is it for everyone? Well not quite. The Centre requires total silence, i.e. no speaking, from the participants over the duration of the retreat. It also expects the participants to want to learn and experience meditation for themselves. There are daily Dhamma talks as well as sitting and walking meditation sessions. It would also help if the participants already have some form of meditation experience as some may find the total absence of entertainment and outside "distraction" rather daunting. Some on the other hand may find the tranquil environment a balm for their weary minds. There are Dhamma volunteers to guide you along further in your own meditation practice. Yoga classes are also provided. It does not matter if you are not Buddhist. During June's retreat, there had been a Muslim meditator as well as soul-searchers from all over the world, including Israel, Russia, Romania, Australia, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. Things to note. Accomodation is basic. All you get is a straw mat, mosquito net and blanket. Bathing facilities are communal and there is no hot water. So, it might help if you bring your own pillow! During the time I was there, about 16 of the original 44 registrants (or about 35%) dropped out over the 7-day period. This invariably creates logistical issues for the organisers who would have to manage the transport arrangements and food catering. For those who are "not sure" or just want to "try it out", perhaps the 3-day course which runs on the 7th of every month makes more sense. Food. It is Thai vegetarian, and while it does not pretend to be of a gourmet standard, it is healthy/hearty home-cooked fare and is wonderfully tasty, prepared with loving care by the dedicated kitchen volunteers. The Thai desserts were simply exquisite to say the least - but that should not be the reason why you want to take part in the retreat :) The retreat organisers also made an extra effort on the last afternoon to organise a trip to the mountain retreat at Suan Dhamma Bheri as well as the Laem Sor Pagoda at the end of Bang Kao Beach (near the south of the island - there is a separate Tripadvisor entry on this). Finally, there is no course fee for this program. The participants may donate as much money as they want once they have finished the retreat to help maintain the hermitage for the next groups of participants. Have posted some pictures that I had taken during the June 2013 retreat...do take a look...