convivium wrote:i have an about older friend who wants to go to burma or thailand and stay at a monastery for free. any suggestions? thanks.
How old are we talking? I wouldn't think WPN or any thai forest monastery would be a good bet as the lifestyle is quite physically demanding, when I was last at WPN they turned down a guy in his 60's who wanted to ordain because they thought he wasn't physically up to it.
Does your friend want to do intensive meditation practice? If so there are plenty of opportunities in Burma, but medical care is likely to be well below what is available in Thailand. There are a few monasteries in thailand that do intensive Burmese style practice, Sorn Thawee or wat Ram poeng might suit. If he's rather serve and help out with organising retreats Suan Mokh might be a good bet.
"Whenever we feel that we are definitely right, so much so that we refuse to open up to anything or anybody else, right there we are wrong. It becomes wrong view. When suffering arises, where does it arise from? The cause is wrong view, the fruit of that being suffering. If it was right view it wouldn't cause suffering." - Ajahn Chah
"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah