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Postby lyallben » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:29 am

I'm going to Thailand in less than a few weeks.I intend to spend that time at monasteries hopefully doing some sitting.I use a chair for sitting-
I am reasonably independent re my sitting practice but it would be good to be able to ask some advice occasionally.
i don't want to practice in the Mahasi or Goenka styles.
Does anybody have any suggestions?
I know that there is a list of places where one can go in Thailand (on this website) but i wanted to know if someone who has been to a Monastery or retreat centre in Thailand can personally recommend a place?

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Re: Advice

Postby Ben » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:53 am

Greetings Lyallben,
I am just thinking that the most appropriate place for you to practice is where there is expertise in the particular approach you are using? Hence, if you are practicing Goenka, Mahasi, Ajahn Chah or Ajahn Naeb styles of practice then it might be most beneficial to attend wats or centres associated with those traditions. Does that make sense or have I got the wrong end of the stick...again?
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Re: Advice

Postby lyallben » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:39 pm

My practice is the full body awareness anapana and metta - so I would prefer a place that is open to different methods.Or uses this method.
If I was in the States there are a number of Teachers who teach this style. Or accept students who use different types of anapana.
I know that monasteries in the Ajahn Cha tradition are happy for people to use a method that works for them.

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Re: Advice

Postby cooran » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:53 pm

Hello lyallben,

Here are 17 meditation centres in Thailand, with a bit of information. From a search on Buddhanet.net:

http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/search.ph ... vince_id=0

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Re: Advice

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:58 pm

Greetings,

lyallben wrote: i don't want to practice in the Mahasi or Goenka styles.
Does anybody have any suggestions?

When you have your eyes closed no one will know whether you're doing this style of meditation, that style of meditation, or thinking about ladies in bikinis.

Therefore, if you're comfortable that you do not need additional instruction, practice as you see fit.

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Re: Advice

Postby lyallben » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:33 pm

I don't feel its right being at a centre where they want you to do their technique and not doing it.
As for ladies in bikinis- have you developed siddhis?

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Re: Advice

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:38 pm

Greetings,

lyallben wrote:I don't feel its right being at a centre where they want you to do their technique and not doing it.

Not to be cheeky, but I suspect anyone there will be pleased enough that you're actually meditating to care about the specifics of your meditation technique.

lyallben wrote:As for ladies in bikinis- have you developed siddhis?

Ha... maybe that's a good way to find out which of the resident bhikkhus have developed siddhis!

:popcorn:

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