Samatha/concentration focused retreat centers in Asia?

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Goob
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Samatha/concentration focused retreat centers in Asia?

Post by Goob » Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:07 pm

Hiya!

Does anyone know of any suitable retreat centers (or other places) in South or Southeast Asia where one can do a longer retreat (say between two to six weeks or more) where the focus is on developing concentration and Jhana to a solid degree? I know of some various centres in the Mahasi and Goenka traditions but I am looking for something other than those.

Thanks!

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Re: Samatha/concentration focused retreat centers in Asia?

Post by pilgrim » Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:33 pm

The centres in the tradition of Pa-Auk sayadaw in Myanmar or some of its branches scattered in SE Asia have a strong emphasis on samatha and jhanas as a pre-requisite to vipassana.

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Re: Samatha/concentration focused retreat centers in Asia?

Post by atipattoh » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:31 pm

Tusita in Sarawak.
http://tusitainternational.net/contact-us-2/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Samatha/concentration focused retreat centers in Asia?

Post by Goob » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:55 pm

Thanks for the info! Ah yes, it seems like the Pa-Auk camp has been prolific in establishing monasteries. Has anyone practiced in this tradition and care to offer some opinions about it?

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Re: Samatha/concentration focused retreat centers in Asia?

Post by tuchopotila » Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:39 pm

Goob wrote:Thanks for the info! Ah yes, it seems like the Pa-Auk camp has been prolific in establishing monasteries. Has anyone practiced in this tradition and care to offer some opinions about it?
I stayed a a Pa-Auk branch monstary in Sri Lanka for three months. I enjoyed the emphasis they placed on Samantha meditation, and they did not try to rush to process, but allowed you to go at your own pace. If you wanted to talk with a teacher 3-4 times a week you could. If you wanted to practice just alone without teachers that would be fine too. They were very light handed with how they ran the place.

Here is the monastery I stayed at
http://nauyana.org/files/Na_Uyana_Monas ... mation.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

and here is the book that explains the Pa-Auk process of meditation I was suggested to read.
http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/teach-train3rd.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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