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.
December 24 – January 1: December Intensive
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.
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).
The annual Special Retreat for international yogis at the Panditarama Forest Center will not be held this year.
This retreat in beautiful Malaysia provides a place for international meditators to practice according to the instructions given by the most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, under the guidance of meditation teachers, England Sayadaw U Nanujjota, Nepal Sayadaw U Nyanavudha and Nepal Sayalay Daw Vimalañani, who were trained under Sayadaw U Panditabivamsa.
Registration is now open and applications will be accepted until October 31, 2022. All applicants must speak English sufficiently enough to listen to Dhamma talks and interview without aid of a translator or translation device. Only lay meditators will be accepted, monks and nuns are not eligible for this retreat.
For more information and to apply, please visit saddhamma.org
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.
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).
September 1 – October 30: 60-day Vipassana retreat with Sayadaw U Thuzana.
Vipassana (Mahasi method) with Guus Went and Jerome Stoel. Dutch spoken.
Abdijhoeve Betlehem, Doetinchem, Netherlands.
July 31 – August 11, 2023