By Andrew Quernmore. There are many meditation centres throughout Sri Lanka, most of which offer tuition in Sinhala only. The places listed represent those where at least one teacher can communicate in clear English.
Santavana Forest Hermitage – Objectives
1. To practice the Buddha’s teaching and to uphold the spirit of the Buddha-dharma.
2. To concentrate on education for the Sangha (community of monks and nuns) and to realize the six unities of spirit: –
i. to live in harmony,
ii without dispute or
iii. disagreement, with
iv. concord of practice,
v. understanding and
vi. fair sharing of benefits.
3. To enhance the co-operation between the Sangha and the laity and to support the Triple Gems (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) in accordance with the Dharma.
4. To teach Buddhism as an active, contemporary way of living in order to purify society and mankind.
Nandaka Vihara, a Buddhist monastery situated in Bukit Mertajam (Penang), is set up primarily for the practice of meditation. It is near to Cherok Tokun Forest Recreational Park. Activities conducted here include meditation classes & retreats, dhamma talks, temporary ordination, observance of 8 precepts, chanting class and Sunday dhamma class for children.
The Samatha-Vipassana way of meditation is taught here. First, the meditator is taught Anapanasati, meditation on in-breath & out-breath. Once the meditator is successful in Anapanasati, having attained all the stages of concentration, the meditation teacher will teach Vipassana. In Vipassana, the meditator is to realize what mental & physical phenomena are; and to understand their Impermanence, Suffering and Non-self nature.
Although prior knowledge of meditation is not necessary (as the meditation teacher will provide guidance to beginners), those who have previously practiced at Pa Auk Tawya Forest Monastery in Myanmar might have better theoretical understanding of the technique.
You are welcomed to practice meditation here under the guidance of our meditation teacher. You are also welcomed to join other activities such as dhamma talks, observance of 8 precepts, etc.
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Here you will find descriptions of retreat places that Dieter Baltruschat and others have kindly gathered and written down over the last few years. We try to keep this information accurate and up-to-date, so that it can be a reliable resource for Buddhist meditators.