June Weekend Meditation Retreat
Here it is, finally confirmed. We have set the dates for our first Little Bangkok Weekend Meditation Retreat for June 13, 14 and 15.
Everything is set. We can accomodate a couple more people if there is a last minute booking. There will be 18 of us, all regulars. Details are announced : including meeting time and place.
The retreat will be easy going, and not a boot-camp style retreat. So it should be suitable for everyone. We have been offered a generous deal with the top class Comsaed Resort situated right on the River Kwai, and the whole weekend should cost 1800 baht each.
The meditation method will be Samatha-Vipassana – which means concentration and insight meditation combined. Experienced meditators are free to continue with their own favoured meditation style, and newcomers to meditation will be given clear instructions and advice. There will be ample opportunity to discuss your experiences one to one and within the group.
The beautiful Comsaed Resort, right on the banks of the River Kwai. Aside from being a quality resort, and a favourite corporate retreat and conference centre, Comsaed also maintains a genuine eco-friendly policy. We will take a look at its numerous methane gas generators, which range from a 2000 baht ‘off the shelf’ example DIY version for small homes, to giant twin tank systems for hotels. They have a water wheel, small bio-diesel production for running their mini-bus, and produce their own environmentally friendly pesticides (non-lethal), compost, soap, perfume and other products.
|Friday 13 June||10:30 lunch at Wat Songdhamma Kalyani (Bhuikkhuni Dhammananda’s temple)2:15 arrive Comsaed Resort5:30 soup and bread, tea, coffee|
|Saturday 14 June||7 am Bread, toast, Kow Thom, tea, coffee, fruit11 am Hot and Cold Buffet5:30 soup and bread, tea, coffee (for those who do not choose the more rigorous monastic feeding schedule)|
|Sunday 15 June||7 am Bread, toast, hot noodles, tea, coffee, fruit11:30 Hot and Cold Buffet1 pm vacate rooms4 pm leave Comsaed Resort.|
Friday June 13th – Leave Bangkok by mini-bus 8:30 am. Lunch at Bhikkhuni Dhammananda’s temple (to be confirmed) . Early afternoon – arrive, settle in and meet at 6 pm for meditation and dhamma talk
Saturday 14th – sitting and walking in the morning before dawn, and between breakfast and lunch. Lunch at 11. Early afternoon free time for absorbing the beautiful atmosphere of the resort, swimming, walking, sauna or other activities (or naps for the ‘senior’ retreatants 🙂 )
Late afternoon sitting and walking, and evening dhamma talk. Noble silence after the Dhamma talk until the following morning.
Sunday 15th – 6am sitting and walking, breakfast, 4pm Leave Comsaed.
Return by air-con coach late Sunday afternoon.
Booking your Place
All up, with transport, food and accomodation, the cost should work out to 1800 baht per person. Your place is only booked after payment in full, or a 500 baht deposit, since we have limited spaces on the mini bus (maximum 12, or 22 if there are enough people to hire a second mini-bus). Please do decide and book in advance, to make it easier to book the transport and accomodation. You can email enquiries via our Contact page, or in the comments box below. To deposit call Dr Will on 089 928 3603 . We should also be at the World Buddhist University on Sunday 1st of June if you want to confirm details and deposit.
Some aspects have yet to worked out, so there might be some minor changes to the schedule or other details. Changes / additions will be posted up here.
More details to be worked out and announced soon.