Mindfulness Meditation is a practise which is becoming more and more essential in today’s busy world. Taken from traditions in Buddhist teachings, mindfulness is the practise of developing self-wisdom, for both yourself and the environment, to gradually lead towards a freedom of suffering, known as “Enlightenment”. Numerous studies have shown that worry, stress, and rumination leads to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety and that mindfulness is a proven technique to counter these conditions and reduce mental stress and illness. While mindfulness has been practised for centuries by Buddhists, it is becoming more popular across all cultures in informal settings in an effort to combat the extreme stresses of daily modern life.
While our program is called “Mindfulness Meditation”, there are many different aspects to the journey you will take with us. We utilize the fields of yoga, meditation, and psychology to assist in the transformation of self and create a greater self-awareness from breathing to thinking. However, mindfulness is not just about yourself and a major part of our project is assisting in awareness of the environment around you. Methods of permaculture, alternative energy, and natural building help to shape the environment around us, helping it to thrive instead of killing it. Mindfulness exists in the daily lives of Thai people and is very much a part of Thai Culture, making Thailand the best setting to embark upon your own Mindfulness Meditation adventure!
An essential part of developing mindfulness is the practise of yoga. While many people associate yoga with movement – the various poses and breathing techniques – the art of yoga also works on focusing your mind and developing self-awareness. Performing yoga throughout the day helps your mind and body to relax.
Mediation is about bringing attention to each and every sense in your body, from the sensations of breathing in one’s nostrils to the gentle movements of the abdomen when inhaling and exhaling. It is natural for your mind to wander during this practise, but the key is to recognize this, accept it non-judgmentally, and return to your focus.
Non-violence is a way of life for Buddhists and practising non-violent communication and actions is an essential ingredient to Mindfulness Meditation. Confrontation, aggression, and violence are all destructive behaviours for both yourself and others. Practising non-violent communication assists you on your way to enlightenment.
Mindfulness in nature comes through using materials, construction, and services which promote sustainability. Natural buildings are created from organic building materials, recycled materials, and forgoing materials that highly-processed and pollution creators. This type of building is achieved through active thinking.
Gardening and permaculture allows you to reconnect with nature and design a way of living through natural ecosystems. Learning about designing gardens, growing food in a variety of places, repairing environmentally damaged land, and designing long-lasting green buildings are all part of the mindfulness garden project.
Alternative energy is essential for both the environment and the future. Discussing alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro power is a major part of developing mindfulness. In our program you will learn how to create alternative energy both for personal use at home and how it can aide local communities across Thailand.
While volunteering or sponsoring our Mindfulness Meditation program is a great way to learn and teach the path to Enlightenment, there are many ways you can use mindfulness in your everyday life including:
Practitioners from beginners to advance are allowed flexible meditation methods, however, Vipassana or Mindfulness on Breathing is the mainstream of practice here. Proper meditation instructions, as well as appropriate views on natural laws and phenomena are provided to the lay communities by Thai-English speaking monks. Two vegetarian meals will be served per day with tea, coffee, juice or milk in place of dinner.
All participants are asked to observe the Buddhist 5 precepts throughout their daily activities :-refraining from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, false speech, drug abuse and no smoking.
Participants are asked to be discipline in their practice, to follow the daily schedule, to keep their areas tidy. help with kitchen needs and clean up after themselves.
Bring white clothes and necessary tools and don't forget to bring your (very important).
05.00 a.m. Morning Chanting in your kuti
06.30 a.m. Rice offering to monks
07.00 a.m. Breakfast
08.00 a.m. Practice Meditation - vipassana at main hall
10.30 a.m. Offering food to monks
11.00 a.m. Lunch
01.00 p.m. Practice Meditation - vipassana at main
04.00 p.m. Cleaning to monastery areas (While cleaning be mindful)
05.00 p.m. Relax time - having coffee/tea
06.00 p.m. Evening Chanting and meditation at Dhamma Hall
08.00 p.m. Practice Meditation - Vipassana on your own in your kuti
10.00 p.m. Sleeping
Participants are also asked to tidy and clean their living areas before departing the monastery.