Experience nature, spiritual life and learn about Buddhism with nuns at a Dhamma Center near Bangkok, Thailand

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  • Description

    Description

    If you are interested in practicing Vipassana meditation or mindfulness practice, this is the right place for you.
    There is hardly any place in Thailand where the meditation teacher can speak English and guide you in person. But at our center, Dhammavijjani, the head nun who has profound understanding of meditation practice was an architect graduated from Chicago, U.S.A. And worked in Chicago, Hamburg, Singapore and Thailand for over 20 years before she became interested in vipassana meditation and was finally ordained to be a Buddhist nun and moved to live in the remote area with the nature and the way of life based on mindfulness. There are 4 nuns living in our center. Our community situates in the area of the world heritage site, Huay Kha Kaeng, Uthaitani and is still intact from tourists, entertainments and night life.

    We have formed up a project to engage with the local youth to enhance their language skill through games and introduced basic mindfulness practice for them.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will have a chance to experience the way of mindfulness based life intact from modernization and the power of money. The experienced head nun who has some western background can probably be the best person to answer any of your questions in Buddhism. You will have a chance to daily learn, practice and discuss into core part of Buddhism and learn how to apply the theory in your real life.
    For the ones who are into local people's life, you can visit permaculture garden or “family forest” near by , visit the weaving house, as our village is famous for hand woven cloth, you can ask to join the local people to go into the forest on seasonal basis for bamboo shoot, mushrooms and herbs, or at the end of the year, try harvesting and milling the rice to eat for yourself.

  • Help

    Help

    There 2 parts of help required, daily help and project tasks;

    Daily tasks:
    Starts from 5.30 am right after morning meditation at 5 am. We require your help for driving and cleaning.
    - Driving to the market and help with carrying alms food in the morning and arranging the food and fruits.
    -Cleaning: includes
    : Main building ( app. 160 sqm.) which there are chanting hall, office, retreat rooms, living area, dining area, kitchen, 5 wash rooms and few strorage rooms.
    : Meditation building ( 60 sqm.)
    : Outdoor area in front of the main building.
    Apart from the daily chores, help with grocery shopping about twice a week might be needed.

    Project tasks:
    -Teaching English to Thai school children from the village. There are two groups of kids, 6-9 years old and 9-12 years old.
    We go to teach them in school for 1.5 hours every Wednesday and Friday.
    ( except during school vacation in April- May and October).
    We focus on teaching by using many active and fun activities. Your knowledge and experience to handle the kids’ activities will be very helpful.
    We also need your help to drive to school also, which means teaching and driving are in one package!
    - Group activities such as art project or language games will be required when we organize camping at our center once in a while.
    -Restoration building of wood/bamboo
    -Gardenning and weeding. Help with our neighbor’s permaculture farm.
    - lawn mowing
    -some computer help.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Thai: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A hut with attached bathroom and a simple dorm style room. No one has to share the room, for the benefit of mindfulness development. As a nunnery we have to separate an accommodation for males which will be a dorm type in multipurpose building.
    Our huts are quite simple and you might have to face animals in the nature such as gecco, mouses or spiders which can be noisy during night time. During rainy season there are many mosquitos. But there is no Malaria in the reagion. Bring your earplugs and insect repellant if you think neccessary.
    In terms of food, you will have a chance to taste genuine local food from the alms in the morning.
    Since our community depends solely on alms food, in case it is not sufficient, we will provide some raw food for you to cook for yourself, (especially when you are a strict vegan.)
    We have a van going to the market every morning, you can go shopping with the van. However, we prefer that you learn to live the minimum way of life.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Although there is a direct bus running between Bangkok and Banrai, our village , our center is 8 Km. from the village and cannot be reached by any public transportation. You have to depend on the alms transportation every morning to go to the village. During your time off, you can simply hike to a creek on the mountain or hire a motor bike man to take you to swim in a magnificent swimming pool for only 100-200 baht at a boutique hotel nearby or to explore caves and waterfalls around our village during rainy season.
    we are a moral based community so, killing ( even an insect) stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, alchohol or smoking is not allowed. As we are a spiritual place, socializing activities such as board games or cards will disturb peaceful vibration. Additionally, women and men should strictly stay separately. Expressing affectionate feeling such as touching or caressing is considered to be inappropreate in the center.
    We only welcome volunteers who have genuine interest in Buddhism. Please come to our center with the priority of a seclusion in the nature and learn to practice mindfulness.
    Three of the volunteers decided to be ordained as novices and spent time with us as Buddhist nuns for a few weeks. If you would like to taste the experience of being a Buddhist nun, you are also welcome!
    We request for minimum of 2 weeks stay.
    The last but the most important thing, we request a donation of 20 dollars per one stay for the new volunteers.
    During the pandemic, there might not be any school teaching but we still need your help to teach English to our nuns at the center. And we reduce the number of volunteers to 2 max. So there might be a possibility that you are the only volunteer in our center.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    20 hours a week

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    USD$20 - one-off fee for the whole period of stay

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