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This Website, www.dhammacenter.org, is hosted by Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram and the Wat Luang Phor Sodh Buddhist Meditation Institute (BMI), an associated institution of the World Buddhist University.
- The Website is one of our many international outreach programs with the main purposes of propagating:
- The right Buddhist meditation knowledge so that all may have right practice,
- The right understanding of Dhammakaya Meditation method, and
- The right practice of Dhammakaya Meditation for world peace.
- The other international outreach programs include:
- Meditation retreat for English speakers,
- Monthly Sunday Dhamma Talks on National Broadcasting System of Thailand which are also downloadable,
- Publication of English language books to help others understand Buddhism andto understand the practice of Dhammakaya Meditation.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us, email@example.comContact at Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram Dammnoen Saduak District, Rajchaburi Province 70130, Thailand.Emegency Contact
English & Thai Phra SomkuanInside Thailand, call 081-837-8457 Outside Thailand, call +66-81-837-8457
โดย Admin / 72 เข้าชมBiography of Luang Phor Sodh
The master of the Vijja Dhammakaya approach, the late Abbot of Wat Paknam, the Venerable Chao KhunPhraMongkol-Thepmuni, is fondly known and revered throughout the land as Luang Phor Wat Paknam, or simply as Luang Phor Yai, meaning senior father or meditation master. Luang Phor was born October 10, 1884 (BE 2427) to a humble rice-merchant family of Supanburi Province as Sodh, the second child of Nai Ngern and Nang Sudjai Meekaewnoi. As was typical in
those days, young Sodh received his education from the temples. At fourteen, when his father died, he became the chief bread winner for the family. Successful
as he was in rice trading, at age nineteen the compassionate young man resolved to become a monk (bhikkhu) for life.
Having made arrangements to ensure his mother’s welfare, the young man entered monkhood three years later, in July 1906 (BE 2449). At the age of twenty-two, he was ordained as Candasaro Bhikkhu at Wat Songpeenong, near his home. Phra
Ajahn Dee of Wat Pratusarn, Supanburi, was his main Preceptor.
The day after his ordination, Candasaro Bhikkhu beganmeditation practice and study of Pali scriptures in search of deeper and wider knowledge, he moved fromWat Songpeenong toWat Bodhi (Wat Phra Chetupon Vimonmangkalaram) in Bangkok. There, he frequented the centers of meditation practice
and Pali study.
Soon, Luang Phor was recognized by his teachers, Phra Khru Yanavirati (Po) of Wat Bodhi and Phra Ajahn Singha of Wat Lakorn Tham, as an accomplished meditation instructor.
During those early dry seasons, Luang Phor adopted Dhutangavatra, the Austere Practices for Purification such as wandering in solitude through the forest wilderness, staying in caves and practicing
the Dhamma with piety.
After ten years, Luang Phor set aside his informal study of the Pali Scriptures, having reached sufficiency to read the Mahasatipatthana Sutta.
Thereafter he devoted himself totally to meditation practice.
Luang Phor spent the next Buddhist Lent at Wat Bang Khoo Vieng, on Bangkok Noi Canal, where his benefactor, Phra Ajahn Choom, was the abbot. There, at nightfall on the full-moon day of
September, in his twelfth year as a Bhikkhu, Luang Phor prepared himself for meditation in the uposatha. He invoked illumination and guidance, and made a vow dedicating his life to Buddhism. Luang Phor vowed not to rise from his seat in front of the Buddha statue until he was permitted to attain some understanding of the Dhamma as discerned by the Buddha.
With his mind set and its components of vision, memory, thought and cognition all at rest at the center of his body, two .Anguli. (joints of the middle finger) above the navel, Luang Phor was able to penetrate the full depths of the Dhamma as it was revealed to and by the Buddha. That revelation of the Dhamma and ever more refined Dhammakayas (Dhamma bodies) was so profound that it was only possible when the mind was at rest at the body’s center. After lent, Luang Phor went to teach at Wat Bang Pla, where three monks and four laymen who
followed hismeditation procedure were also able to attain various degrees of insight. Thereafter, Luang Phor gradually became renown throughout the land.
Somdej Phra Vanarat, Head of Bhasicharoen Sangha District, spotted Luang Phor’s potential and requested him to assume the Abbotship of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen. This was a neglected and deteriorating monastery erected five centuries earlier.
Luang Phor wanted to decline this request, but he could not. With utmost patience and remarkable leadership, Luang Phor gradually rebuilt the monastery until it is today one of the largest and most important monasteries in the land. In 1949 (BE
2492), Luang Phor received the ecclesiastical rank of Phra Bhavana-Kosolthera. This was followed by the title Phra Mongkol-Rajmuni, and in 1957 (BE 2500) by the title Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni.
Vijja Dhammakaya, the revelation of the Dhamma as attained by Luang Phor, was the heart of his teaching. His service to Buddhismcan be seen
from his regular routine:
- Meditating day and night with Bhikkhus and Upasikas (nuns) in different sessions.
- Leading Bhikkhus and Samaneras in the uposatha every morning and evening, paying homage to the Triple Gems and ending with a sermon.
- Teaching public meditation practice every Thursday at 2:00 pm.
- Delivering public sermons on holy days (Uposatha or Wan Phra) and Sundays.
- Supervising the Pali Institute.
Thus, Luang Phor devoted his time and effort almost exclusively to teaching meditation. His disciples multiplied into the thousands. It was not uncommon for revered bhikkhus in far corners of the country, who apparently never met Luang Phor, to know him well and to respect him as their mentor.
His decease at the age of 75, on February 3, 1959 (BE 2502) was just a pause for the immortal master. His life should serve to remind other mortals to pursue their own obligations to the Noble Path carefully. Luang Phor’s teachings live on, manifesting the Ultimate Righteous Truth.
Written by Phrarajbrahmathera
Vice Abbot, Wat Paknam Basijareon, Bangkok.
โดย Admin / 62 เข้าชมDhammakaya Meditation is based on four principles: three methods of concentration and the Principle of the Center. The three concentration techniques are:
- Meditating on an object of visualization (Kasina),
- Recollection of Lord Buddha’s virtues (Buddhanussati), and
- Mindfulness of breathing (Anapanasati). And (4) the Principle of the Center which is position 7, as shown in the picture below, specifies that these three methods of concentration are all applied simultaneously at the center of the body.
- And the Principle of the Center specifies that these three methods of concentration are all applied simultaneously at the center of the body as follows:
- Position 1: The Nostril Aperture
- Position 2: The Eye Socket
- Position 3: The Center of the Head
- Position 4: The Palate Terminus
- Position 5: The Throat Aperture
- Position 6: The Center of the Body (Navel Level)
- Position 7: The Center of the Body and the Proper Position for Meditation (Two Inches above Navel Level).
A Regular Meditation Posture
Please sit in a regular meditation posture, cross-legged as seen in some images of the Buddha, with the right leg resting upon the left [see the picture on the right]. The right hand rests on the left, palms turned upwards, right index finger just touching the left thumb. The body is upright and the mind fully alert. Take a deep breath and relax the body until you feel comfortable. Close your eyelids lightly, do not press them.
Now, please listen to Basic Dhammakaya meditation audio record by Venerable Phra Thepyanmongkol mindfully….
Dhammakaya Vipassana Meditation
Dhammakaya Vipassana (Insight) practice aims at Right Wisdom through contemplation of the body, feelings, mental functions and phenomena (dhamma). There are two levels, mundane Right Understanding of compound phenomena (Sankhara) and supra-mundane Right Understanding of non-compound nature (Visankhara) which is Nirvana and Dhammakaya. Dhammakaya meditation is especially effective in helping meditators to experience non-compound nature directly. The real heart of Dhammakaya meditation is practice. Academic learning can indicate the way, but direct experience through meditation is the path to purification and wisdom.
โดย Admin / 62 เข้าชมWat Luang Phor Sodh first opened the first mediation retreat in 1982, helping monks become better qualified in the theory and practice of Dhammakaya mediation and eventually become meditation masters. Twice a year since then we have organized retreats from May 1-14 and December 1-14. During the May retreat, 300-400 monks and novices and approximately the same number of lay people and nuns attend the course. During the December retreat there are usually 400-600 monks and novices and a similar number of laity and nuns present.
Since then, Wat Luang Phor Sodh has been well recognized across the country. Recently, there are five different meditation retreat programs available at the temple which allow us to train over 20,000 people a year including monks, novices, students, laypeople, etc.
International outreach began when the Wat luang Phor Sodh Buddhist Meditation Institute (BMI) was approved as an Associated Institution of the World Buddhist University on April 19th, 2006, during the 23rd, General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists at Fo Guang Monastery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The main purposes for international retreat are propagating: (1) The right Buddhist meditation knowledge so that all may have right practice, (2) The right understanding of Dhammakaya Meditation method and (3) The right practice of Dhammakaya Meditation for world peace.
INTERNATIONAL MEDITATION RETREAT
Most aspirants come seeking peace and happiness or relief from tension, and they find it. Beyond this, however, most find undreamed of treasures – self knowledge, heavenly joy, insight into reality, and possibly, even temporary experience of Nirvana. Such meditation can provide a road map for altruistic living which brings happiness for both oneself and others throughout life.
Wat Luang Phor Buddhist Meditation Institute (BMI) teaches the Samatha-Vipassana (Concentration-Insight) Meditation technique, also called Dhammakaya Meditation, rediscovered by Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni, Luang Phor Wat Paknam, in 1916. This is direct implementation of Lord Buddha’s key meditation instruction given in the Greater Discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. It has proved extremely effective and efficient. The technique integrates concentration into trance states of absorption (Jhana) with development of transcendental insight (Vijja). The meditator stops still at the center of the body, delving deeper and deeper inside, climbing higher and higher up a ladder of more and more refined inner bodies, feelings, minds, and Dhamma, transcending to Dhammakaya (Truth Bodies) and advancing through Noble Disciple states to experiencing Nirvana.
Samatha-Vipassana is guided, sitting meditation. The teacher provides spoken guidance during meditation. MP3 players are used for individual practice. BMI teaches meditation in English in two ways: (1) Meditation Guidance (Semi-private tutoring), and (2) Meditation Retreats
At BMI, international meditators take the middle path, adopting resolutions and procedures that demonstrate serious commitment and facilitate meditation progress, while eschewing excessive self-torment which can impede development. For example, participants take eight precepts [NO killing, stealing, sex, lying, intoxicants, eating after noon (just two meals per day), entertainments or luxurious beds]. No smoking is permitted at the temple, and meditators dress in simple white clothing (available at the temple store) to signify their commitment to self-purification. But, everyone sits comfortably, either cross-legged or on a chair, according to personal preference. And, we do not practice Noble Silence. Serious meditators just naturally become less talkative, but helpful exchanges among fellow students can be productive. The meditation technique attracts practitioners directly to more refined, purer and happier states.
BMI offers Meditation Guidance or semi-private tutoring in English all year round, starting whenever you choose and lasting as long as you like. If you have the time, please try to come for 10 days to two weeks for the best result. It generally requires 5-7 days to develop the inner calm necessary for rapid progress. But, individuals vary greatly, so all are welcome for either longer or briefer periods.
The program has many options, so each meditator can adapt it to his or her own preferences. Breakfast is at 06:30 and lunch at 11:00. We practice 8 precepts, which implies no eating after noon. The core of each day is either three or four meditation sessions, depending on how long one can stay. Meditations average 45 minutes. They are usually intimate, with not more than 5-10 participants. Meditations are recorded on MP3 for individual practice, and provided on CD to take home (Group A at 07:00, 09:00, 01:00, & 03:00. Group B at 08:00, 10:00, 14:00 and 16:00.) Serious Buddhists often add Morning or Evening Chanting and Meditation, held everyday at 05:30 and 19:30. Even casual visitors enjoy attending once as a memorable experience. At Evening Chanting, meditators can be taught personally, in English, by the revered Meditation Master, Dr. Phra Rajyanvisith.
Other memorable experiences include going along on the morning alms round at 6:00 AM and practical “how to live a good life” discussions with Phra Bill. For those who volunteer to teach, perhaps most memorable are the fun interactions with monks and novices eager to learn and practice English (Daily 12:30-14:00). Participants interested in learning more about Buddhism can do this through directed readings and discussion. Finally, most unforgettable for those who can scale the heights, is the indelible experience of the most lovely, most serene state ever experienced – Nirvana.
The meditation atmosphere is the middle path — serious, but not overly harsh, with considerable flexibility in accordance with each participant’s preferences. Meditators wear simple, white clothes to signify purity. Some white clothing is available free and top quality new outfits are available at the temple administration office for 490 or 990 Baht per set. Meditators take eight precepts — no killing, stealing, sex, improper speech, intoxicants, eating afternoon, partying or entertainments or ornaments or makeup, and no high or luxurious beds. Sleeping is generally on thin mattresses on the floor under mosquito nets. Tents are available for those seeking more seclusion. There is no smoking on the Wat campus.
Day 1 Every Day Last Day 05:30 Morning Chanting (Opt)
09:00 Opening Ceremony
12:00 Orientation, Tour & First Lecture
16:00 First Meditation
19:30 Evening Chant (Opt)
05:00 Morning Chanting (Opt)
07:00 Beginner Meditation #1
08:00 Intermediate & Advanced #1
09:00 Beginner Meditation #2
10:00 Intermediate & Advanced #2
12:00 Rest or Teaching English1930
14:00 Beginner Meditation #3
15:00 Intermediate & Advanced #3
16:00 Beginner Meditation #4
19:30 Evening Chant (Opt for beginners)
05:00 Morning Chanting (Opt)
09:30 Last Meditation
10:30 Group Photo
11:00 Lunch: Final Banquet
12:30 Graduation Ceremony
14:30 Bus to Bangkok
BMI offers three intensive retreats per year, May 1-14, August 1-14, and December 1-14. Retreats are similar to guided meditation, but more intensive, with a sunrise meditation at 05:30. They usually involve 20-30 international meditators. Several hundred monks and laity attend the Thai retreat simultaneously in May and December. During retreats there is more access to the venerable Meditation Master in joint Thai-English sessions. This is especially useful for those who become advanced. There is also more chance to study Buddhist practices, Vinaya, Dhamma and Chanting. The large number of participants necessarily implies less silence.
Retreats promote the simple life in a beautiful refuge. Participants wear plain white clothes available at the Wat Mini Mart which also sells essentials and snacks. Beds are board frames topped with thin mattresses. Bathrooms are separate buildings with both Thai and Western toilets and showers in some stalls. The kitchen serves good Thai food – simple, but varied and often spicy. Most dishes are non-vegetarian – choose what suits you. Vegetarian food can also be provided, if the kitchen is given advance notice. Please complete the online registration form and indicate any special needs. Although the environment promotes solitude, one is not cut off. The Wat’s university library (Mon-Fri 8:00 am -6:00 pm) has Internet and is air conditioned. The local town, Damnoen Saduak, is only 15 minutes by Song Thaw (2 bench) buses that pass the Wat gate every 10-15 minutes. (One finds ATM machines and banks in the town, but the best exchange rate is at the airport upon arrival.) Buses to Bangkok (a 2-hour ride) stop at the Wat gate every 20 minutes. There are no taxis nearby. Participants wash clothes by hand.
For Meditation Guidance, women usually stay in the women’s dormitory or in the screened traditional Thai Sala on the lake shown. Men stay in the men’s dormitory, under the information center. Sleeping is generally on the floor on thin mattresses, under mosquito nets. All facilities have clean restrooms. Those seeking more complete escape from civilization can also stay in tents.
THAI MEDITATION RETREATS
All meditation retreats at Wat Luang Phor Sodh, except for international retreats, have basically the same daily schedule, though depending on the group to which one is assigned the difficulties of dhamma taught and the period of meditation will vary:
05:30 - 06:45 Morning Chanting and Meditation 7.00 Breakfast 09:30 - 11.45 Meditation 11.00 Lunch 14:00 – 15.00 A Dhamma Lecture 17.00 – 18.00 Meditation Workshop 19.30 – 21.30 Evening Chanting and Meditation
Daily lectures are given by renowned Dhamma teachers who are invited to come to the temple to speak. Meditation instruction can also be given in English by the abbot and by English speaking monks when available. Both visitors and residents will sleep in the Dhutanga-tradition under a special umbrella with mosquito-net called a KLOD [Klod]. They will stay in the parklands about the monastery grounds, in close contact with nature and trees, helping calm the mind which is very helpful for their meditation. The Lord Buddha taught many times, "There are these forests, these roots of trees. Meditate now, lest you regret it later."
- Meditation Master Trainings
Wat Luang Phor Sodh has been selected as the National Coordination Center of Provincial Meditation Institutes of Thailand (Elected by the Directors of Provincial Meditation Institutes from all over the country at a Seminar and Practicum organized by the National Buddhist Office 23-25 April 2008 at Wat Yanawa, Bangkok, and recognized by the Sangha Body).
Each year, the Wat has two two-week courses, May and December 15-28 and expects to train over 700 monks over the course of the year.
- Bi-annual Meditation Retreats
The 2 main retreats for Thai-speakers take place May 1-14 and December 1-14.
The December retreat is the busiest with around 1,200 practitioners (400-600 monks and novices, and the rest nuns and lay-people), while the May retreat attracts around 600-700 participants. The retreats are open to all people, the laity taking the opportunity to undertake the 8 training precepts and practice along side the Sangha.
Note: At the end of the retreats # 1 and 2, all participants will receive a diploma, by either the abbot of Wat Paknam or the abbot of Wat Saket
- Meditation Retreats for Students
Wat Luang Phor Sodh has been appointed as the Center for Development of Virtues and Ethics for the Security of the Nation, Religion and Monarchy in the central region. All Thai schools are required to develop ethical programs for their students, and so each year there are over 15,000 students who come to practice meditation on weekends (Fri, Sat and Sun).
- Special Meditation Retreats
Specially requested retreats are held for groups of employees of the government, private organizations, institutes or associations are held throughout the year.
- Hot Season Ordination
The Middle of March is the major school break, and it is custom in Thailand that young boys spend part of their school holidays as novices at a monastery. Many boys like the idea so much that they return to the same monastery year after year. April 1-18 is Hot Season Ordination for boys between the ages of 10 and 18. It is required that they come to the Wat at least 7 days in advance of their ordination to receive orientation. Please check the schedule in the calendar section. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for English and email@example.com for Thai.
OTHER MEDITATION RETREAT PROGRAMS
Meditation Master TrainingWat Luang Phor Sodh has been selected as the National Coordination Center of Provincial Meditation Institutes of Thailand (Elected by the Directors of Provincial Meditation Institutes from all over the country at a Seminar and Practicum organized by the National Buddhist Office 23-25 April 2008 at Wat Yanawa, Bangkok, and recognized by the Sangha Body). Each year, the Wat has two two-week courses, in both May and December 15-28 and, throughout the course of the year, expects to train over 700 monks.
Bi-annual Meditation RetreatsThe 2 main retreats for Thai-speakers take place from May 1-14 and from December 1-14. The December retreat is the busiest, with around 1,200 practitioners (with 400-600 monks and novices, and the rest nuns and lay-people), while the May retreat attracts around 600-700 participants. The retreats are open to all people, the laity taking the opportunity to undertake the 8 training precepts and practice alongside the Sangha.
Meditation Retreats for StudentsWat Luang Phor Sodh has been appointed as the Center for Development of Virtues and Ethics for the Security of the Nation, Religion and Monarchy in the central region. All Thai schools are required to develop ethical programs for their students, and so each year there are over 15,000 students who come to practice meditation on weekends (Fri, Sat and Sun).
Hot Season OrdinationThe Middle of March is the major school break, and it is a custom in Thailand that young boys spend part of their school holidays as novices at a monastery. Many boys like the idea so much that they return to the same monastery year after year. April 1-18 is Hot Season Ordination for boys between the ages of 10 and 18. It is required that they come to the Wat at least 7 days in advance of their ordination to receive orientation. Please check the schedule in the calendar section. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for English and email@example.com for Thai.
International Meditation Retreat
International outreach began when the Wat Luang Phor Sodh Buddhist Meditation Institute (BMI) was approved as an Associated Institution of the World Buddhist University on April 19th, 2006, during the 23rd, General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists at Fo Guang Monastery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Since then, the main purposes for international retreats are propagating:
- The right Buddhist meditation knowledge so that all may have right practice,
- The right understanding of Dhammakaya Meditation method, and
- The right practice of Dhammakaya Meditation for world peace.