For internationals students, you will be placed with our 'Phra Ajahn - Buddhist Monk teachers' to guide you in Thai or English, through the traditional four foundations of mindfulness over 5-10 and 21 day courses (tryout 3 days minimum). Discover the unique practice of mindful prostration, walking meditation and sitting meditation, guided with daily meditation report by Phra Ajahn Tong’s disciples.
Thank you for your interest, we are closed for international students until further notice.
About the course
Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Germany ( near Koblenz)
Jakob-Kneip Straße 1, Morshausen, Germany
Vipassana meditation course closed for Internationals until further notice
Courses 3, 5, 7, 10, 15 days (choose at your convenience)
Request for Precept 8 during your stay at the monastery.
Meditation report everyday except for Buddha Day.
Single room accommodation separating Female and Male zones.
WhatsApp: (+66) 81996 6644 (English only)
Where to meditate?
Wat Chomtong Germany has a hall on the first floor that can host up to 50 people. It is a place for chanting and practicing meditation and conducting ceremonies. The third floor (under construction) can accommodate up to around 100 people for teaching meditation and has four private meditation rooms.
Daily schedule for meditators
4:00 - 6:00 * Meditate
6:00 - 7:00 Morning Chanting
7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast
8:00 - 10:30 Meditation session
11:00 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 13:00 You may relax mindfully, but meditators are not allowed to sleep during the day.
13:00 - 16:00 Meditation session
16:00 - 18:00 Mindful break.
18:00 - 19:00 Evening Chanting
19:00 - 22:00 Meditation report, receive guidance and ask questions to the meditation instructor.
*Between 04:00 -06:00 and 09:00 - 11:00, You can continue the meditation practice or choose to help our volunteer cook.
*All other times may be used for mindful prostration, walking meditation and sitting meditation in your room or in the main hall.
*The schedule may change according to the monastery or your assigned meditation instructor.
Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Germany e.V. (2022 - 2023)
Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong, Germany (monastery branch) Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo is located on Jakob-Kneip 1, Morshausen, Hunsruck, Rheinland-Pfalz. Watchomtong Germany, is under the patronage of the disciples of Phra Phrom Mongkhol Vi. (Venerable Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo) and all Buddhists Thais and Internationals disciples led by
Phra Srisilpajan Dr. (previous secretary of Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo). Intent to build a monastery as a memorial and to commemorate Venerable Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo and use as a Vipassana Meditation Center based on the four foundations of mindfulness. Therefore, the Thai Temple Association Committee was established in accordance with the Federal Republic of Germany law.
Venerable Phra Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo (1923 - 2019)
The Center of Vipassan Meditation Thailand at Wat Chom Tong was founded by Phra Prom Mongkol Vi (Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo) in 1992 and is the main Vipassana Meditation Center in Chiang Mai province and the most commonly sort centre for training from people across Thailand and the globe.
Ajahn Tong is one of Thailand‘s most revered meditation teachers and is respected by religious leaders across many faiths around the world. Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo is the previous Abbot of Wat Chomtong temple as the Principal of the Vipassana Meditation Center has founded his Vipassana practices in over 60 centres around Thailand and the world. Practicing since 11 years of age, Phra Ajahn Thong Sirimangalo devoted his life to developing and perfecting his unique form of Vipassana Meditation and Mindfulness practice in the closest traditions to the teachings of the Buddha.
At the age of 96, Phra Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo passed away on December 13, 2019. His body is situated in Kuti Hatainares in a glass coffin for disciples to pay respect. Where the opening, closing, and wan gon ceremony are also conducted.
Never absent from mind of all his disciples, his presence is felt throughout the halls of the monastery, revered by visitors and his honourable teachings continue to touch each and every student under his learned disciples.
Founder and Thai temple association committee members
Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Germany (2022 - Current)
Phra Srisilpajan Dr.
Sangha President, Founder
Wat Chomtong Germany
Frau Jeeranan Milczynski
Acting Association Treasurer
Wat Chomtong Germany
Frau Anantaya Sabel
Wat Chomtong Germany
Acting Deputy President of the Association Wat Chomtong Germany
Frau Bunnawon Thuekma
Wat Chomtong Germany
Frau Chintana Greger
Acting Association Treasurer
Wat Chomtong Germany
06:00 - 07:00
06:40 (Buddha Day Only )
Bhikku recite Patimokkha (vinaya)
07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 10:00
Practice meditation (morning round)
10:30 (Special Occasion)
Chanting / dana recieving- When disciples visit.
11:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
16:00 (Changes may occur)
18:00 - 19:00
19:00 - 22:00
Yearly Events at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Woravihara
The candlelight procession is to walk around important sanctuaries such as temples, viharas, or Buddha images in order to commemorate the virtue of the Triple Gems on important days three times in a clockwise direction. The candlelight procession is organized on every important day in Buddhism, such as Makha Bucha Day, Asalha Bucha Day, and Visakha Bucha Day, in remembrance of the Lord Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
The Dhamma sermon is a method of propagating Buddhism that the Lord Buddha has always practiced. The life of the Buddha and nowadays, teaching the Dhamma or preaching is still the main way of teaching. propagating Buddhism and preserving Buddhism The goal is to benefit and bring happiness to the gatherings. For this reason, the monastery hosts a Dhamma sermon at every important monastery event, such as Makha Bucha Day, Asalha Bucha Day, Visakha Bucha Day, Songkran, the temple opening anniversary, etc.
The temple organizes the Songkran Festival during the month of April every year for Thai people in Germany. To celebrate Thai New Year's Day, which is an old Thai tradition that has been inherited from the past, with activities such as making merit, offering alms, listening to dhamma sermons, and pouring scented water on the Buddha images, monks, and the hands of the elderly to receive blessings from them. That is beautiful, gentle, caring, and filled with an atmosphere of gratitude, fun, warmth, and respect, using "water" as a medium to create good relations.
-----To Commemorate the establishment of Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Woravihara Germany
Mother's Day (August 12)
Mother's Day is an important day. In many countries around the world, Mother's Day activities are held to honor mothers and motherhood. In Thailand, Mother's Day falls on August 12 of every year, which coincides with the Royal Birthday. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother. On this occasion, the monastery has organized a celebration to commemorate His Majesty's benevolence. Organize activities for Mother's Day for children to show respect and love. Gratitude towards mother and benefactor: organizing such activities to encourage children to remember the grace of the mother who gave birth, who is a highly benefactor, by providing children with the opportunity to ask for forgiveness from the mother, washing their feet as an expression of gratitude.
Vassa Candle offering
Vassa candles have been around since the time of the Buddha. Buddhists will uphold the tradition of bringing candles and offerings provided to monks during the Buddhist Vassa ceremony to wish for oneself to be intelligent and sharp-minded, like the light of a candle, because in the past the monks did not have electricity. The villagers therefore cast a larger candle in order to offer the monks a spot to illuminate the performance of various duties. It is a Buddha worship for 3 months. The Buddhist community often organizes parades, bringing Vassa candles to offer to the monastery joyfully with Thai music and Thai traditional dance. Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong has a tradition of offering Vassa candles every year. On the eve of Vassa.
Kathina ceremony (November)
The Kathina Ceremony is the offering of a Kathina garment to Bhikkus who have stayed in one temple or place for 3 months in order for the monks to accept a new garment. Each temple can accept Kathina garment once a year. It must be done within the time specified in the Kathina ceremony, which is one month after the end of the Vassa (rain retreat). It is considered a big offering to the specified bhikku because it can only be done once a year. Being qualified according to the Buddha's permission for bhikku who have stayed the entire three months during Vassa. Wat Phra That Si Chom Tong, Germany, conducts the Kathina Ceremony every year.
Memorial Day (December 13)
Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong, Germany, was built as a memorial to commemorate Phra Phrom Mongkhon Vi (Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo) and as a place to practice vipassana meditation. On this Graditude Day, specifically to commemorate the day he passed away, the event is organized to make merit through almsgiving, practice vipassana meditation, and allow the faith group to make merit for their relatives who have passed away. According to Buddhist principles, in order to show gratitude, there are activities such as making merit, giving alms, giving dhamma sermons, and practicing meditation collectively. The event will be held in December every year.
New Year's Eve Chanting Dec31
Chanting on New Year's Eve is a tradition that Thais have continued to practice since the reign of King Rama III, who used to perform New Year's chanting during the Songkran Festival (Thai New Year). It corresponds to the universal principle, which is January 1st of every year. It is an initiative to practice good deeds at the beginning of the year. Kicking off the new year by having precepts, cleansing the mind from practicing meditation, listening to a dhamma sermon, and offering almsgiving on the 1st of January in the morning.
The four foundations of mindfulness explained
Acknowledging is the heart of Insight Meditation. It is the continual work of mindfulness to be aware and acknowledge. Insight meditation, through the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, focuses on the body, the feelings, the mind (thought) and objects of the mind. Literally, the four foundations of mindfulness serve as the base of mindfulness. Practically, they are the state of being continually mindful of what happens to the five aggregates (which are: body, feelings, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness).
1. Mindfulness of the Body is to contemplate bodily action and sensations. This includes, for example, acknowledging or being conscious of the lifting, stepping and placing of the feet during walking meditation, and acknowledging the rising and falling of the abdomen in sitting meditation.
2. Mindfulness of One’s Feelings is to contemplate the happiness/suffering/neutrality of your experience. That is, to acknowledge happiness, to know how happy one is, or to acknowledge misery, and to know how miserable one is, or to acknowledge the neutral feeling which is neither happiness nor misery.
3. Mindfulness of the Mind (Thought) is to contemplate one’s thoughts or to be conscious of the passion, anger, delusion, sloth, distraction, peace, etc. in the thought. While in meditation our minds may think of the past or the future. We then take that thought as the momentary focus of the meditation by acknowledging ‘thinking-thinking-thinking’ before returning our focus to the breath or the feet.
4. Mindfulness of Objects of the Mind is to contemplate mental recognition and other volitional activities. Recognition is to know something when perceiving it. Volitional activities happen when we think about or comment on something. While we think, we must be mindful of thinking. When we are desirous, angry, slothful, restless, or doubtful as a result of thinking or external stimulation, we must be mindful too.
General Rules for Meditators
1. Meditators are not allowed to talk about their personal meditation practice or experience. Do not discuss or compare your meditation practice with each other. Your experience is your own, and may not be the same as others.
2. No reading—this includes Buddhist books. No writing (letters, diaries, etc.). No listening to music, podcasts, spotify. No telephone calls during your practice (unless emergency), as it can prevent you from progressing in insight meditation. Mobile phones are permitted for use as an alarm clock.
3. Each night in Wan Phra (Buddha Day or Buddhist observance day, full-moon/half-moon), meditators must join the ceremony called “Wian-tien” or “Padakkhina”. This will include walking around the pagoda 3 times to worship the Triple Gem, after the evening chant (20:00) in the Dhamma-sammakhee hall (next to the Golden pagoda). At least once during their stay.
*Note* Wan phra occurs 4 days in a month. There will no opening/closing ceremony conducted on this day. Vipassana office support team will let you know if you have to change your preferred date of arrival/departure before/after Wan phra.
4. Donations are appreciated. All donations should be made at the reservation office, where an official receipt can be obtained. There is no fixed charge, however your kind donation is essential for the ongoing support of the program (food, water, electricity, and maintenance bills). You can make a donation for the monastery on the day before your check-out date. Or ask for the vipassana fund bank account number to contribute from overseas.
5. Temple authorities reserve the right to refuse entry, or to expel anyone in the case of disrespect regarding the rules or instructions.
6. Please unplug all electrical devices when not in use, and turn off all lights, fans, etc., when leaving your room.
7. Meditators are responsible for the loss or damage of temple properties.
8. You are not allowed to mix the practice with other techniques.
9. No kissing, hugging, holding hands, massaging or any other physical contact is allowed. No sun-bathing.
10. Meditators should not visit others in their rooms. Men are not allowed to enter women’s rooms. Women are not allowed to enter men’s rooms.
11. You and your clothing must always be clean, proper and hygienic. You need to wear white clothing day and night. You may use deodorant to prevent your body odor from disturbing other meditators. This is with the intention to be considerate, not to beautify.
12. Keep your room neat and tidy. Keep the bathroom and toilet clean, in order to prevent fungi and bacteria.
13. You are not allowed to smoke cigarettes in your room/building. It would be better to avoid that burdensome habit.
14. While taking a bath, make sure that the door and window/curtains are closed and locked.
15. The meditator’s room are for their privacy. Visitors are not allowed to enter the meditator’s room.
16. All temple items must be returned and the meditator’s room must be cleaned before leaving. Imagine you are the next person who will use the room. Don’t forget to return your key and report room card to the reception.
17. Upon completion of the course, meditators must pay respect to the teacher one day prior to the closing ceremony (request five precepts), and gain further advice from him about the practice.
18. If you are tired during the day, you may lay down and rest in your room mindfully, but meditators are not allowed to sleep during the day. The condition of drowsiness reveals the true nature of the mind. After 3:00pm. lie down, set the timer for 20 minutes, then contemplate rising/ falling/ lying body scan (repeat) until the alarm goes off. (used for the sick and the elderly)
มีลักษณะเป็นห้องโถงยาว บรรจุคนได้ประมาณ 80 คน ใช้สำหรับปฏิบัติวิปัสสนากรรมฐานมี ไฮซุงพื้น (เครื่องทำความร้อน)
เป็นห้องสำหรับปฏิบัติส่วนตัวที่ไม่ใช้ห้องพัก มี 3 ห้อง และ 1 ห้องเป็นห้องสำหรับสอบอารมณ์
Dining and kitchen for meditators
You will be served two meals per day breakfast at 06.00 am. lunch at 11.00 am. Sometimes meditators must cook their own food with the ingredients provided by the donators or the monastery. We do not have staff in the kitchen, just volunteer.
There are 11 rooms for meditators, separated by floors:
Second floor (female), total of eight rooms, seven single rooms, one shared room, women's shared bathroom
Third floor (male), total of three rooms, two single rooms, one shared room, and men's shared bathroom