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Malaysia Visa

Postby J_W » Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:28 pm

I know it's a long shot, but does anyone have any ideas on how to get a long-term visa for Malaysia? The monastery at which I would like to train is unable to sponsor me for one.

Thanks for the help,

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Re: Malaysia Visa

Postby Phra Chuntawongso » Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:28 pm

Sorry,I am not sure about the visa,but I am curious about which monastary you are hoping to ordain at.
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Re: Malaysia Visa

Postby bazzaman » Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:53 am

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Re: Malaysia Visa

Postby J_W » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:00 am

Thanks for the information, Bazzaman.

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Re: Malaysia Visa

Postby Ben » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:36 am

Hi Jeff

Has the monastery been able to provide you with any information or instructions that will be of assistance to you? I find it a little bit puzzling that they haven't come across the same situation with other westerners.
My understanding is that the sponsorship is really just an invitation letter sent to you from the monastery which you then send to the embassy as evidence that you'll be there engaged in practice. I'm currently looking into a long-stay meditation visa for Burma.
All the best with your travel and ordination plans.
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Re: Malaysia Visa

Postby J_W » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:50 am

Hi Ben,

Malaysia is a little different, since it is a majority Muslim country. The centre cannot sponsor me for a visa, and I don't even know if they've had other westerners train there.

If I can't make it to Malaysia, I may end up joining you in Burma next year. Can I ask to which centre you are planning to go? Are you planning to ordain or undergo a long-term retreat?

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Re: Malaysia Visa

Postby Ben » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:03 am

Hi Jeff
I'm doing a 30-day retreat in Burma at one of SN Goenka's meditation centres. www.dhamma.org
Having said that, temporary ordination is an aspiration that I hope to achieve later in life when all my kids are off my hands and my wife gives me permission to go.
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Re: Malaysia Visa

Postby J_W » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:47 am

Good luck with your retreat :smile:

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Re: Malaysia Visa

Postby Ben » Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:12 am

Yes, thanks Jeff. Please keep us informed as to how things progress with your ordination plans!
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Re: Malaysia Visa

Postby Phra Chuntawongso » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:58 pm

there is a professional visit pass that you can apply for.
This needs to be applied for,I think,1 month before hand and must be applied for outside of Malaysia.
Perhaps when you go to the monastary you can start to organise all the paperwork and then possibly after your original visa expires you could go to the embassy in Bangkok(you would need to stay in a monastary in Thailand while you are waiting(remember that you will only get 15 days if you use a land or sea entry,but you can do this a few times).
I am not sure of your nationality,but many countries get a 90 day visa on arrival in Malaysia and these can be extended(kiwis can get another 2 months).
Good luck with your going forth.
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Re: Malaysia Visa

Postby Phra Chuntawongso » Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:10 pm

Just a quick note.
There is a meditation center/monastary in Malaysia called the Buddhist hermitage that will ordain foreigners.
You are accepted initially for 2 weeks(they want to be sure that you are serious about your meditation)and after this you can stay on to continue your meditation practice and if you want to,ordain.
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