A wat (derived from Pali and Sanskrit word avasa word avasatha) is a monastery temple in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. The word "wat" (Thai วัด) (sometimes rendered "vat" when referring to Laos) means "school." Strictly speaking a wat is a Buddhist sacred precinct with monks' rooms, the temple itself, a building housing a great image of Buddha, and a class structure. A Buddhist site without at least three resident monks can not correctly be described as a wat, although the term is often used more flexibly, including the ruins of ancient temples. (As a verb transitive or intransitive, wat means to measure, to take action, comparison templum, which has the same root as the template).
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Chom Tong Insight Meditation Center, Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong Voravihara
MEANING OF NAME :"Holy Relic Monastery on the Glorious Golden Hill"
OTHER NAME :Chom Tong Meditation Center
ADDRESS :Tambon Ban Luang, Amper Chom Tong, Chiang Mai 50160
DIRECTIONS :Located 60 km South-West of Chiang Mai. Easiest way is by blue bus from South (Chiang Mai) Gate. Or, take a yellow songtaew (also from Chiang Mai Gate). Buses go directly from NE bus terminal in Bangkok to Chom Tong Meditation Center, every evening.
WEBSITE :http://www.sirimangalo.org http://watchomtong.sirimangalo.orge-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDITATION SYSTEM :Satipatthana Vipassana (Insight Meditation in line with the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness) based on Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw's teaching.
TEACHING METHOD :Students meet with a teacher once per day, on an individual basis, and are given individualised instruction based on their practice. As Chom Tong is a training center, meditators are required to follow instructions as given and practice wholeheartedly.
TEACHERS :Phra Rajapromajaan, abbot and head Vipassana Meditation teacher for Northern Thailand. English-speaking teachers change, but are generally available year-round.
LANGUAGE :English and Thai. In the absense of English-speaking teachers, English-speaking translators are always available.
DESCRIPTION :Located behind the main temple grounds in Wat Chom Tong, the meditation center is quiet and peaceful, with trees covering most of the grounds. Well spread out over approximately 20 acres and constantly growing, it is slowly turning a sleepy rice field into a forest monastery complete with international meditation training center. A meditation hall, meditation garden, and smaller gazebos around the center give a variety of meditation possibilities.
SIZE :monks 40-80novices 10 - 30nuns 30 - 40laypeople 100-120
DAILY ROUTINE :A bell is rung at 4 a.m. and practice starts before breakfast. Breakfast is at 6 AM and Lunch at 11 AM. Reporting is either in the morning or evening. Meditation is conducted individually, at one's own pace. Meditators are asked to observe 8 precepts during their stay.
FOOD :The Kitchen at Chom Tong is fully functional to support international dietary needs. Expect normal Thai dishes without spice and vegetarian alternatives at every meal. For special dietary needs, help can be sought by the foreign department, and generally Soya milk is offered as a gift in the evening by one of the foreign nuns.
ACCOMMODATIONS :Individual kuti (hut) in separate areas for men and women. Kutis are all spacious and modern-style with screens, electricity, fan, bathrooms with western-style toilets, and shower.
WRITE IN ADVANCE? :Yes, please write or enquire well in advance by phone or email. The large number of kutis (120+) are quickly filled by both Thai and International meditators.
OTHER INFORMATION :Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong Voravihara is a Royal Historic Treasure, and contains the Holy Dakkhinamoli Buddha Relic; legend has it that the Lord Buddha came to teach the people on the hill near the monastery. The Meditation Center was founded over ten years ago, and is currently headed by Phra Rajapromajaan (Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo), founder of Wat Rampoeng Tapotaram.