Wat Pa Tam Wua
. Thailand .
“The shortest way to finish many things is to do only one thing
at a time.”
Last December I decided to treat myself and celebrate the closure of a social media project that kept me constantly connected 24/7 for 13 months and more.
Looking forward some digital detox time I ended up following the tip of a friend: “If you happen to be around Thailand go and check whether you can find a good Vipassana Meditation center. I promise, you’re gonna love it”.
I had no idea what Vipassana was and without ever having meditated before it turned out to be the best unplanned plan ever.
"We think that the more complicated
life is, the more enticing and exciting it is.
This is why we find it hard to stay with simplicity. But life itself is so simple."
"You really must get the mind calm, get into that calm state where the mind completely shuts down. If you are always in a room where an engine is running, you get used to the noise and stop hearing it after a while. It's when the engine is turned off that you know the difference. "
A Selection of Talks on Buddisth Practice
Wat Pa Tam Wua
Wat Pa Tam Wua Forest Monastery is literally above all worldly troubles, a scenic piece of paradise tucked away between Pai and Mae Hong Son, up to the Northern part of Thailand.
Everyone is welcome there, free of charge and without requiring any reservation - we are open 365 days per year and people of all ages are accepted - says the official website. As long as you follow the rules, you can stay for as long as you wish.
Staying at the monastery is a very good opportunity to let the world go for a moment; a place where you can learn how to ease your mind in a very effective way.
It doesn’t really matter wether you have done or not meditation before, the monks will teach you how to do it step by step. All you need to do is listen with an open heart and be patient, that’s all!
The surrounding will help you through the practice; the main Dhamma Hall and residences are set on a a sprawling wildlife sanctuary overlooking mountains, waterfalls and beautifully kept tropical gardens. Simply stunning!
But please, do not mistake Wat Pa Tam Wua for one of those those tech-free wellness retreats that are on trend right now because it’s not. This is indeed a very special sacred place and to train your brain you’ll need to put in a significant amount of effort.
Go with openness and honest intentions, whether they are for meditation practice, religious learnings, or most simply opening yourself to a new experience; I assure you'll come back with a lighter head and a bigger heart.
5:00 a.m. Morning Meditation by yourself in your Kuti
6:30 a.m. Rice offering to the monks
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Practice meditation at the Dhamma Hall
10:30 a.m. Offering food to the monks
11:00 a.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Practice meditation-vipassana at the Dhamma Hall
4:00 p.m. Cleaning monastery areas (be mindful while cleaning)
5:00 p.m. Relax time – coffee and tea
6:00 p.m. Evening Chanting and meditation at Dhamma Hall
8:00 p.m. Practice Meditation by yourself in your Kuti
10:00 p.m. Sleeping
Wat Pa Tam Wua - Daily Schedule
Curated by Angela Grossi