Wat Phra That Sri Chom tong
Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong Voravihara is situated on a Holy Buddhist Site with a history dating back more than 2,500 years. The temple is a Royal Historic Treasure and means "Holy Relic Monastery on the Glorious Golden Hill”. Enshrined within the temple is the Holy Dakkhinamoli Buddha Relic.
Wat Chom Tong follows the Theravada Buddhist tradition and teaches Satipatthana Vipassana (Insight Meditation based on the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness).
The Meditation Center at Wat Chom Tong was founded by Phra Ratchapromajahn (Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo) in 1992 and was the first Vipassana Meditation Center in Chiang Mai. Ajahn Tong is one of Thailand‘s most revered meditation teachers and is respected by religious leaders across many faiths around the world. Ajahn Thong Sirimangkhalo is the current Abbot of the temple and also is the Principal of the Vipassana Meditation Centre.Located at the base of Doi Inthanon in Chom Tong District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand; the temple is spread out over approximately 20 acres and is constantly expanding. It is a forest monastery complete with a stupa, international meditation center, multiple meditation halls, dining halls with fully staffed kitchen, administrative offices, and sleeping quarters.
Foundation Course – 21 days
Newcomers are recommended the 21-day Foundation Course in Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation as their first course. Meditation techniques include mindful prostration, 1-6 step walking meditation, sitting meditation based on the rising and falling of the abdomen, the sitting posture, points of the body, as well as contemplation of daily activities during consciousness.
The emphasis in this course is on learning the basic technique of recognition of the body, feelings, mind, and dhammas in the present moment. The course follows the sixteen stages of insight knowledge found in primary Buddhist texts and commentaries.
Course content includes daily meetings with a teacher and regular group lectures. No previous experience is required.
Advanced Review Course – 10 days
The ten-day advanced review course is a compressed version of the foundation course. Meditators will meet with their teachers daily and receive instruction and guidance on their practice.
Additional teachings include: stages of insight meditation and instruction on how to make resolutions to fully experience each stage in your progression.
The emphasis in this course is on refining the knowledge gained in the foundation course, building confidence and familiarity in regards to the higher stages of insight meditation.
How to go
Registration Office Information
Office Hours: Every day from 08:00-11:00 AM and 13:00–17:00 PM
Telephone: +66 5 334-2184 Ext. 11 for males Ext.12 for females
Fax: +66 5 334-2187
Line ID.: srichomtong99
**Minimum 10 days advanced reservations are required.**
Valid passport and visas are required for the duration of your stay.
Please provide the following documentation at registration:
A completed application form with your signature and sponsor letter or sponsor signature (if requested).
1 passport size photo
One photocopy of your valid passport and visa with entry stamp.
Your arrival and departure dates (from this temple).
Please contact us for additional information.
Individuals are provided with their own private kuti (hut) located in areas designated specifically for men and women.
The kutis are clean, spacious and modern. Fully equipped with: electricity, lights, bathroom with western-style toilets, shower, bed, windows and fan. Bedding is provided for by the temple.
Please bring your own toiletries and shower shoes are strongly recommended.
The Kitchen is fully staffed and functional to support local and international dietary needs. The cafeteria is open daily for breakfast from 06:00-07:00 and open for lunch from 11:00-12:00.
Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are served daily at each meal. For special dietary needs professional kitchen staff is available to accommodate any requirement.
Retreat duration is based on your availability. Courses are available in 10, 21 day increments.