This wooded temple is located in forest, 6 km south of Chaiya Town, on Route 41. The name of the temple means “The Grove of the Power of Liberation” and there lived the late Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, one of the most revered monks in Thailand. He was famous for its Buddhist approach of “back to basic principles”. At the age of 20 years, in 1926, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (the slave of Buddha) became a monk and at the age of 30, he founded the Wat Suan Mokkh. He studied in various Buddhist schools and also learnt about different religions. His aim was to unite people from different religions and work for humanity. The International Dharma Hermitage was his last project where people can learn about the “Truth of Nature”.
Highlights of Wat Suan Mokkh
Wat Suan Mokkh once was a small community and today is known all over the world as a center for meditation. Both, Thais and foreigners flock here for meditation courses. Every year, thousands of people from all around the world come here to take part in a 10 day long meditation program which starts on the first day of each month and finishes after ten days. The technique used in the meditation is called “mindfulness With breathing” (cultivation of mindfulness through breathing). In this technique meditators concentrate their attention on the breath and return to it when the mind wanders. It also has a library where visitors can find books on Buddhism and meditation in different languages including English, French, German and Japanese. At the International Dharma Heritage, just one kilometer from Wat Suan Mokkh, visitors are welcome at any time.
People interested in 10-day Meditation retreat, have to register in person on the last day of the previous month. Advance booking is not available for the program and there are other programs available. Accommodation options for both, men and women, are available and visitors can also come a few days earlier. For a longer stay (more than 7 days) before the retreat, take permission from the representative of the Wat Suan Mokkh. After the meditative stint, move about Surat Thani in a car rental from Thailand Cars Rentals and treat yourself for the spiritual confinement one undergoes at the Meditation retreat and visit various city attractions at affordable process.