The mission of Wat Pah Pateeparam is to train and preserve the Dhamma-Vinaya of Theravada Buddhism, the teachings and code of monastic discipline as laid down by the Buddha.
Sathira-Dhammasthan, founded in 1987, is a learning community for peace and harmony, providing a variety of programs for people of all ages, genders, and walks of life. It is set in nine acres of trees, with lotus ponds, winding paths and meditative nooks. It is a tiny drop of water, radiating peace and serenity amidst the busy and bustling city of Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand.
Kow Tahm Insight Meditation Centre is situated on a mountainside, amongst unspoilt jungle and coconut plantations, overlooking the southern shoreline of Koh Phangan. This beautiful location has been offering meditation retreats for over 25 years.
Monthly English retreat
A ten-day retreat in English is conducted from the 10th to 20th of each month.
There is no online or pre-registration. You must register in person at the Kow Tham Center from 8:30am-4.00pm on the first day of the retreat (10th of the month).
Monthly Russian retreat
A ten-day retreat in Russian is conducted from the 23rd to the 30th of each month. This retreat began in April and will continue every month indefinitely. A translator will interpret all instructions and teachings.
Occasionally we will have a month with no retreat, or with a private retreat, to give the staff a rest. Please check for notices on the Home page and on @KowThamCenter at Twitter, and also contact Kow Tham, before finalising your plans for a retreat.
The Centre was founded by the Late Venerable Walane Amathagavesi Thero in 1991. He conducted meditation classes and started regular 14-day Meditation retreats from February 1994, without interruption. These retreats are conuinued today to the benefit of thousands of devotees from Sri Lanka, Singapore, Canada, Australia, USA and even Japan.
Buddhist nuns, who in the past were confined to religious work on their own nunneries, are now playing a more effective role as social workers and change agents in society due to the training and education given to them. In the Center, social services such as Family counseling, pregnant women counseling, weekly meditation for adults as well as children, counseling for girls from correction schools, Children Dhamma programs and classes, delivering Dhamma discourses at events organized by schools and communities, conducting full day religious programmes for the general public, and many others are provided by the nuns of the Center.