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Zvisha S wrote a review Feb 2021
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I was there when Tan Dammavidu (the English monk) was giving teachings, and it was amassing and life changing. I came back and the place was not the same. I left after 2 days. Tai chi and guided meditations instead of deep philosophy. If you are into that thing, you will enjoy it, but I hated every moment. The level of teachings I got you can find in your neighborhood Yoga place - definitely not something to go to Thailand for :( I am happy that I was there in the times before they 'renovated' it's program. Anicha :(
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Date of experience: March 2020
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timmermanns1962 wrote a review Feb 2020
Aachen, Germany212 contributions68 helpful votes
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Awesome place of quiteness and beauty. I used it for my retreat and its a place you will not find a second one. The Wat is open for everybody who meditate and pray, starting 04:30 am with chanting open air. A very special moment.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Edward Theophil... H wrote a review Jan 2020
Bangkok, Thailand1 contribution1 helpful vote
The actual Suan Mokh retreat is great for meditation and yoga. Specifically designed with appropriate venues for dining, dormitory and meditation. This course, however, was promoted as a "silent" meditation course which is was definitely not. Yoga was not conventional yoga but rather an American version of yoga aerobics; not appreciated at all! The teachers, especially the American David Clinton was overbearing and invasive in his teaching approach. Dormitories and ablution facilities are primitive and will be intolerable in cold weather. This is not suitable for more than just basic practitioners.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jaakko Autio wrote a review Nov 2019
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There is only one silent meditation per day, other meditations are listening to dharma talks. The anapanasati teaching is lacking proper articulation. Also meany dharma talks come from CD, and the speaker system is not that good in the main meditation hall. I struggled trying to make sense of the sound in the hall, and eventually ended up not listening and just meditated thru the noise. I also ended up skipping three talks per day, and sneaked away to meditate in peace in the hidden sala. Dhammavidu has left the building, he is nodways in koh samui? So a new lady is in charge, and seems like this is her learning stage atm. Flower still waiting to blossom. Anyway, the hole consept of the retreat has changed, and not in a good direction. The retreat reminded more of a christian religion than buddhism. The not-Self was presented in a nihilistic way, instead of deep intimacy towards yourself. Not me, not mine, ment that you must obey and behave, instead of something abstract. I have been there over 10 times, since 2002 (-2019). And my personal practice is on a firm ground, so i can live with bad dharma talks and teachers. But i did felt sorry for the first timers. They got a narrow image of the fuits od dharma. But the food and surroundings are great. Great place for detox. The price of the retreat is 2000B, (64e). So yes, still a good idea to go there :) IF you can tolerate the new more narrow religious dharma they teach.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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_andrzej_m_iwanowski wrote a review Oct 2019
Warsaw, Poland17 contributions4 helpful votes
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Very good place for meditation, 10 silence days, start 1st day of the month. Separate dorm for men and women. Very.good teachers
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Date of experience: October 2019
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