convivium wrote:What are some of the unwholesome aspects, or those you have heard? I know it's a good place to learn the Vinaya. Ajahn Yatiko said it's a good place to live too...
I wouldn't say there is anything unwholesome about it, if anything it's possibly too wholesome for some people.
The vinaya practice there is among the strictest in Thailand, whixch is a good thingg, in addition there have many cultural observances and practices that some people will find difficult or annoying.
Many westerners go to a monastery expecting to be able to meditate all day, and expect a lot of teaching, at WPN you'll have more demands on your time and less time to meditate.
I found the weekly all night sittings the hardest as it ruined my meditation practice for the next day or two. The hour long bear foot pindhaphat on stoney roads was hard.
Having said that I had agreat time there and wish I had stayed longer. I recommend it unless you want to do intenseive meditation practice all day every day under the guidence of a teacher, if that's the case there might be many other places more suitable.
Also read the book "What the Buddha never taught" as a reality check.