This page provides quick overviews to help those who are not able to read Thai to understand some important aspects of this site. This will focus mainly on the meditation course. ( for general info of WPDHS, please visit About, and see Contact for the 411 ).
The meditaion course at WPDHS is officially called “retreat”. It’s quoted directly from Pāli Tipiṭaka, the exact word in Roman script is Paṭisallāṇa. It appears many times in different suttas. The definition of Paṭisallāṇa is to retreat or get away — not for the whole time but occasionally, now and then, on the purpose of attaining higher and deeper insights. To retreat or to get away requires both strenght and wisdom. To acquire strenght and wisdom, one has to get away. At first, this seems like a stupid idea, absurd even, but that’s only because people are so fixated on common thinking patterns, the preconceived notions that if someones refrain from something it just because they can’t have it or are afraid of dealing with it.
Strenght & wisdom
In dhamma’s point of view, Paṭisallāṇa works both ways; one has to be able to let go of loving the things they love, and let go of hating the things they hate. Notice, the things are merely the objects, it doesn’t matter if they are useful or wasteful, ugly or beauty. You don’t need to literally throw away the ones you love or hate, it’s the loving and the hating, the attachment, that we need to let go of. The strenght ( samathi ) to resist temptation to the push and pull — the wisdom ( paññā ) to keep being content while seeing through the clouds of emotion rolling by — these are the kind of powers that will bring liberation.
To keep the mind clean, one will have to keep physical activities clean too. Precepts in buddhism are not rules or laws set in stone by the Buddha for people to live by, precepts are lessons to study and understand. The purpose of precepts is to create peaceful environments, for everyone to be able to keep still, and work on concentration deep enough to access the inner self. And that will not come easily, the problem is the karmic reactions of bad deeds, terrible things that we have done to others, in the past, recently and many lifetimes ago — this will work its karmic miracle ways to create various kinds of uneasiness to prevent us from getting to purer state of mind. This is where the precepts come in. The past can’t be changed, but the present is here, and it takes on new effect right away. The moment we undertake new way of living, new set of karma is suddenly on.
Retreat is a 7+2 days course. The 1st day is the welcoming day for introductory stuffs and the 9th day is the day to leave. During the course, all participants must strictly follow a number of rules ( e.g., usage of cellphone is prohibited, chatting to each other is prohibited, alcohol & tobacco consumption is prohibited ). For complete details please see the application in english when available.
Accomodations for male and female are separated. Sleeping materials are provided. The food is meat-free and will be provided 1 and a half meal a day, please see daily schedule during the course displayed in full table.
The course emphasizes on practicing Ānāpānasati ( breathing meditation ) because it’s the most convenient way to keep the mind still and in control. Daily practice consists of being mindful on all body’s movements, walking meditation, sitting meditation, and that’s all there is to it. Though not a requirement, it’s strongly recommended that you should read, recite, memorize, and examine Anapanasati Sutta ( the benefit of doing so is immense. )
The meditation course at WPDHS is an offering in kindness, in gratitude for the love of Buddha, there is no obligation to pay whatsoever. The course is running on donations and helps from volunteers.
For more information please email or call, visit the contact page linked at the top.