2011 Mar Phra Ajaan Boonmee Dhammarato

We are very happy to inform you that Phra Ajaan Boonmee Dhammarato, Abbot of Wat Pa Sathatawai (Wat Tham Tao), Nongwuasor, Udorn Thani, North East Thailand will be visiting Singapore and Malaysia from 17 Mar 2011.  Luang Phor Boonmee has agreed to help guide our members and devotees while he is residing in Palelai over the weekend.  Luang Phor would also be giving Dhamma talks while here.
Phra Ajaan is an outstanding and distinguished figure in contemporary Thai Buddhism. He is a student of the late Luang Ta Maha Boowa Nyanasampanno of Wat Paa Ban Thad.  He has taught meditation to monks in his temple as well as many institutions, both public and private.


Born in August 7,1948, in Buriram Province, North East Thailand, Phra Ajaan was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1975 at Wat Suthijinda in Nakorn Rachashima Province.


He spent his fifth to eleventh vassas (six years) under the tutelage of Luang Ta Maha Boowa.  Prior to that, he was trained by Phra Ajaan Maha Kien Thitasrilo at Wat Rangsri Paliwan, in Kalasin province. Both of his teachers were students of the late Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Maha Thera, the founder of the Thai Forest Meditation tradition.  Phra Ajaan Boonmee also spent the vassas of 1993-1994, at Wat Phusongko under the tutelage of Phra Ajaan Wanchai Wijitto and Phra Ajaan Lai Santingaro.


In April 1995, Luang Ta Maha Boowa authorised Phra Ajaan Boonmee to take on the Abbotship of Wat Pa Sathatawai.


The program for the retreat is as follows.  Please check with our office/notice board in the event of further changes:


Friday (18 Mar 2011)


Arrival of Luang Phor Boonmee and Sangha from Udon Thani (evening).


8pm                    Registration of Retreatants

9   –  9.15pm     Observance of Three Refuges and Eight Precepts

                             Short Dhamma Talk

10 – 10.15pm     Lights off


Saturday (19 Mar 2011)Phra Ajaan Boonmee Dhammarato talk.jpg

4.30am                Self practice

6am                     Morning Chanting

6.45am                Breakfast

7.30am                Cleaning up

8.30am               Self practice

9.30am               Lunch dana for the Sangha

12pm                   Cleaning up

1 – 2pm              Rest

2 – 3pm              Self practice

3.30 – 5pm        Questions & Answers

                             Dhamma Talk

5 – 5.30pm       Tea break

6pm                    Evening Chanting

7pm                    Meditation

                            Dhamma Talk

                            Questions & Answers

                            Self Practice

10 – 10.15pm     Lights off


Sunday (20 Mar 2011)

4.30am                Self practice

6am                     Morning Chanting

8am                     Breakfast

8.30 – 9.30am     Questions & Answers

10.30am              Prepare meal offerings to Sangha

11am                   Observance of Three Refuges and Five Precepts

(This picture was taken at a Dhamma talk

by Phra Ajaan Boonmee Dhammarato.)