[note: Wat Kow Tahm teachers Steve and Rosemary Weissman will be giving a dhamma talk in Bangkok on 8th May 2008. Details will be posted closer to the time]
For some 50 years now people have been coming to Thailand, for a variety of reasons, and trying out some meditation. Most temples will receive foreigners, but only a few have a proper program for teaching meditation in English. Having a good teacher, who is proficient in English is essential for getting to grips with the intricacies of the mind. Various temples and great abbots have risen to prominence, and drifted from view again. All the while, at Wat Kow Tahm, since 1988 there have been regular vipassana retreats in English led by Steve and Rosemary Weissman.
A number of our Little Bangkok Sangha, both experienced meditators and beginners, have joined these 10 day retreats and all return full of compliments and good reports. Now entering their 20th year of residency at Wat Kow Tahm Steve and Rosemary have honed the centre, the environment, the diet … all to maximise retreatants good experience and progress in the meditative methods of vipassana.
The schedule appears strict, but in the context of meditation the fewer choices one has to make the easier it is to just observe the mechanics of the mind. With the support of the practise, it is always surprising just how much you can accomplish in training the mind. Practise involves developing clear moment to moment awareness, and wise refelction on the choices one makes in thought, action and speech. This mindfulness is honed in all postures of sitting, standing and walking. Dhamma talks and meditation instructions throughout the day help to focus ones intention and determination.
One assistant reported that:
It’s a wonderful thing to work here and see the incredible benefit that the teachings have on people. We meet people who come back and tell us wonderful stories about how it changed their lives for the better, affecting both themselves and the people around them. With that, we understand that in our little way, we are helping to spread peace in this world, one mind at a time
• For more information about Wat Kow Tahm, the teachings and books of Rosemary and Steve Weissrnan, registering for retreats and how to assist, visit http://www.watkowtahm.org
Alternative spellings are‘Wat Kao Tham’ ‘Wat Kow Tam’ ‘Wat Kao Tham’ ‘Wat Kao Tam’ Wat Kao Tahm’