Koh Samui island is a popular sun-sea-beach tropical holiday destination in Thailand, located off the east coast, and part of the Surat Thani Province. As for Thai traditional cultural trainings you can find ample options for learning Thai Massage, Muay Thai, Thai Cooking, and Thai Language, to name a few. However, Vipassana Meditation training on [ Read More... ]
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S.N. Goenka (Satya Narayan Goenka) was born and raised in Myanmar (Burma). He learned Vipassana Meditation techniques fromm his teacher Sayagyi U Ba Khin. Later on, settling in India, Mr. Goenka started teaching Vipassana in 1969. For almost 45 years, Mr. Goenka and teachers appointed by him taught many thousands of people in Vipassana Meditation [ Read More... ]
Thai Vipassana Meditation Centers and Training Courses in Thailand are omnipresent, sprawled across the country. Many centers are located on the temple grounds of Thai Buddhist temples (the so-called Wats) and connected to the temples, but others are simply independent meditation centers. Increasingly we find that Spa & Wellness Retreats and R [ Read More... ]
When it’s about practitioning Thai Massage, we often read that giving a session is (or should be) a ‘meditative and mindful experience’ for both the practitioner and receiver. But when we look at the majority of Thai Massage treatments and courses offered in Thailand today, and very often in the West too, the ‘meditative an [ Read More... ]
Phenomenology is a philosophical lineage, of which in the former century, the philosophers Husserl, Heidegger, and Sartre were the major spokesmen. They were certainly not the sole representatives, but I deliberately chose to mention these well-known philosophers to offer a clear reference. Now, the phenomenological trail is often followed by a [ Read More... ]
Going back to the root of the word “Vipassana” may help to better understand what is meant by Vipassana Meditation. Vipassana is considered to be a word in the Pali language (Middle Indo-Aryan Indian language) which, depending on certain interpretations, is translated as “insight,” “seeing clear,” “see into,” “see [ Read More... ]