Foreigners having an opening ceremony before meditation course

Vipassana Kammatthana or Insight Meditation and the Technique Practiced

Mental Development is a personal experience. It does not matter if you are Buddhist, Christian, Jewish or Moslem. Nor is it important what nationality or color you are, since each person in the world is longing for a better life. The Insight Meditation technique taught here is a way to prepare a path to a better, peaceful life through clear understanding about oneself.

‘Meditation’ is the best word in English for the concept of Mental Development.

There are two kinds of meditation:

Tranquil, or Samatha, Meditation, which develops concentration (Samadhi) on one object to help calm the mind.

Insight, or Vipassana, Meditation, which develops self-understanding through Mindfulness Training.

The Teaching and Practice at Wat Tapotaram (Rampoeng) is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness:

  • Contemplation of the Body
  • Contemplation of the Feelings
  • Contemplation of the Mind (Thought)
  • Contemplation of Objects of the Mind

Wat Ram Poeng offers a 26-day basic course in Vipassana (Insight) Meditation under the guidance of a Teacher on an on-going

basis. For meditators who have completed the basic course, a 10-day Insight Meditation retreat can be taken, which builds on the 26-day basic course.

For those who do not have time to join the full basic course, the Monastery offers the chance to try out the practice, but not for less than 10 days or more than 6 weeks, without special permission.

If you wish to join the Insight Meditation course offered here, please come to the administration office with your intentions, or contact us using one of the methods listed on the first page (telephone is best), and further arrangements can be made.  Once you have received official permission, please prepare the following items: