Information For Meditators

Information for Meditators

Preparation:

Firstly, you will also need to get your visa organized. We can provide you with a sponsor letter for your meditation visa if you need, otherwise you can get it easily from one of the bigger centers. Secondly, please call/email Sayadaw (teacher) to ask for permission and see if he is available during that time. Thirdly, and this is entirely optional, you can look up ‘Dependent Origination’ which is the key teaching here. There are a few good videos on Youtube and articles online. This is just to give you a basic idea of the teaching.

Arrival:

We are based in South Dagon, an outer suburb of Yangon. A taxi from airport/downtown Yangon will cost you around 10,000 Kyats ($7) and take you around 45 min. Or you can take bus 7 from downtown- Sule Pagoda for 200 Kyats (15c) and it’ll take around 1 hour 15 min. It may be easier to just keep an eye on Google maps for your stop, if you don’t want to try and explain to the bus driver where you want to stop. It is recommended to arrive when Sayadaw is at the center.

Accommodation:

Accommodation here is clean, simple and fairly comfortable. Depending on the availability, Foreign Meditators typically get a private room with your own bathroom. Otherwise you’ll share a room with one or two others. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Rooms are equipped with fans/ AC.

Food:

You will get food twice a day. Breakfast around 5:30 am and lunch around 11 am.

Retreats:

There are 3 organized month long retreats- in April, August and December. It is mainly locals that attend and there is a set time-table.  During retreats, foreigners join everyone during sitting and walking meditation times and during the group Dhamma talks which are in Burmese, they can either join or meditate on their own.

There is also a 7 day English retreat in March on Dependent Origination.

Meditators are welcome to come during retreat times or outside these times.

Daily Timetable:

During retreat times, there is a set time table. Outside retreat times, meditators can design their own routine if they wish.

TimeJob
4 amwake up
4:30 am - 5:30 amsitting meditation
5:30 am - 6 ambreakfast
6 am - 7 amwalking meditation
7 am - 8 am Dhamma talk
8 am - 9 amrest
9 am - 9:30 amwalking meditation
9:30 am - 11 amsitting meditation
11 am - 12 pmlunch
12 pm - 2 pmrest/walking meditation
2 pm - 3 pmsitting meditation
3 pm - 3:30 pmwalking meditation
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmDhamma talk in Burmese(optional)
4:30 pm - 5:30 pmrest
5:30 pm - 6:30 pmsitting meditation
6:30 pm - 7 pmwalking meditation
7 pm - 8 pmBurmese/English Dhamma talk
8 pm - 4 amrest/lying down meditation

Daily Schedule For Meditators

Communication:

You can buy a sim card at the airport. There is good mobile reception here. You are allowed to use your phone and talk to others. But please do it in moderation and remember that you are here to meditate.

There are 3 organized month long retreats- in April, August and December. It is mainly locals that attend and there is a set time-table.  During retreats, foreigners join everyone during sitting and walking meditation times and during the group Dhamma talks which are in Burmese, they can either join or meditate on their own.

There is also a 7 day English retreat in March on Dependent Origination.

Meditators are welcome to come during retreat times or outside these times.