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Findhorn

Findhorn is not a place of Buddhist practice per se, but it is a place of practice.  The main campus of the organization is based in two locations around the quaint Highland town of Forres (about thirty miles from Inverness).  … Continue reading

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Staying at Wat Chom Thong, Wat Ram Poeng, Wat Doi Suthep

Wat Chom Thong, Wat Ram Poeng and Wat Doi Suthep are the three well-known temples offering intensive meditation retreats in the style of Ajarn Thong,  a student of  who could be called the founder of the modern vipassana movement, Mahasi … Continue reading

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Staying at Wat Pa Nanachat

Wat Pa Nanachat (near Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand) was founded by the late Ajarn Cha as a place where non-Thai speaking foreigners could train as monks in the Thai forest tradition.  Most of the ten or so monks there are from … Continue reading

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Wat Tam Doy Tohn

Wat Tam Doy Tohn is a few hours out of Chiang Mai.  Despite having been used as a station for monks for many years, the current temple buildings are all new, having gone up in the past twenty years or … Continue reading

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Places to stay in Yangon

This was written with long-term (more than a month) stayers in mind, but can be equally useful to people staying in the city short-term. Foreigners can stay in apartments if they have a business visa, but it requires a lot … Continue reading

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Pa Auk Meditation Centre, Yangon

Directions: The Pa Auk meditation centre just outside of Yangon is a branch centre of the main monastery in Mawlamyaine, the capital of Mon State in the South.  From downtown Yangon, you can get to it by taking Bus no.217 … Continue reading

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Wat Damnak, Siem Reap

Wat Damnak is a good example of engaged Buddhism. Within its walls, it houses a language center, a weaving center, a primary school, charity administration offices, as well as the library and offices of the Center for Khmer Studies. You … Continue reading

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Angkor

Eight years ago Siem Reep seemed little more than a sleezy sleepy little South East Asian town with a big dog problem.  We were taken through a dirt track to get there.  Being nineteen, I thought that a great way … Continue reading

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