Vipassana-retreats in Burmese Mahasi tradition in Dhammaramsi Meditation Centre in Rivière (between Namur and Dinant, Belgium). A few times a year Myanmarese monks and nuns are teaching here who have been trained by Sayadaw U Pandita (1921-2016). Thanks to the generosity of the couple who are the owners of this centre, costs for food and lodging are about half as much as usual in the Netherlands.
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English branch of Panditarama Family, the only Panditarama centre in Europe. There is one Burmese monk living: Sayadaw U Taraka. See also Facebook page.
Individual retreats are possible from a few days up to one month.
Pian dei Ciliegi (Garden of Cherries) is a retreat centre in the hilly country near Piacenza in Northern-Italy. An excellent opportunity for a first meeting with Asian-style teachers in Europe, like Sayadaw U Vivekananda.
December 30 – January 9: Bhante Sujiva
The American nun Sayalay Daw Virañani was ordinated by Sayadaw U Pandita in Myanmar in 2003, and is residing at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre since 2006.
Centre in the Buddha’s birthplace (Lumbini, Nepal) under the guidance of Sayadaw U Vivekananda (Germany, 1956) and Burmese nun Sayalay Bhadda Manika (1955). They were both students of Sayadaw U Pandita (1921 – 2016, Burma), Mahasi Sayadaw’s successor. Every year in April, May and June U Vivekananda uses to go to Europe, Australia or USA for teaching, and Daw Bhadda Manika uses to go to Malaysia or Indonesia. The rest of the year one can apply for a retreat in this centre with a minimum of seven days. Here I went in 2011, 2015 en 2016. See also Facebook page for up-to-date communication and events.
Forest centre in Myanmar (Burma), established 1993 by Sayadaw U Pandita (1921 – 2016). From December 1 2021 till January 31 2022 the 22st Special Retreat for strangers will be given by senior students of Sayadaw U Pandita.
It is with regret that Panditarama announces that this year’s 60-day retreat will not be conducted due to the restrictions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. No applications are currently being accepted, either for the 60-day retreat or for other times of the year. When conditions permit Panditarama to safely open to meditators, it will be announced on this website. Your understanding and mettā are appreciated.
I did participate seven times in the past eight years and find it highly recommendable. When you are seriously considering to participate, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Established in 1950, in this place the Mahasi Sayadaw has been teaching until his passing away 1982, and subsequently his successor Sayadaw U Pandita until 1990. From 2016 on there is an annual Wisdom of Mindfulness Retreat for English speaking people. In 2022: February 2 – February 11.
Tathagata Meditation Center in San José, California, established in 1991 by Vietnamese Americans. Here the Mahasi technique is being taught and practiced as it was taught by Sayadaw U Pandita. Sayadaw U Thuzana, the current head monk of this centre, is annually teaching in centre Dhammaramsi in Belgium (see above).
October 1 – 30: Vipassana retreat with Sayadaw U Thuzana.
Vipassana (Mahasi method) with Guus Went and Jerome Stoel. Dutch spoken.
Abdijhoeve Betlehem, Doetinchem, Netherlands.
August 8 – 19, 2022