Many people who come to Thailand to learn about Buddhism or to practise Buddhist meditation come up against a language and cultural barrier. The International Buddhist Meditation Centre (I.B.M.C.), Bangkok arranges talks, study sessions and retreats to help surmount this barrier.
The Vipassana Meditation Centre, Wat Mahadhatu (Section 5) offers a meditation class for English - speaking people everyday. The class begins in the morning at 7-10 a.m. afternoon from 1-4 p.m. and evening from 6-8 p.m. during the class, there is an introductory meditation instruction followed by the demonstration of walking and sitting meditation. Attendance is free of charge, but donations are welcome.
There are two possibilities; first, one can come to join the class according to the period of meditation class as mentioned above, option two is for one to stay overnight at the centre if one wants to practice intensively and one is required to observe the eight precept and to wear white clothes, which are available at the centre.
Otherwise, there is a talk on meditation or interesting topics in the evening from 8-10 p.m.
Things to be prepared :
You can prepare white clothes and any polite clothes enough for three days. The practitioners should bring some necessary things such as individual medicine, soap, towel and so on. The center will provide blankets and pillows.

How to get to Wat Mahadhat :
Take any bus which passes Sanam-Luang (recommended buses no.32, 53, 201, 203, aircondition bus no. 32, 39, 108, 203) or take Chaophraya express boat and get off at Tha-Chang pier, walk alongside the sidewalk, across the street to enter the temple and ask for section 5.
For more information please contact Mae Chee Tipsuda by calling at 0-2623-5685 or 0-2222-6011.
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Though one should life a hundred years with no true insight and self-control, yet better, indeed, is a life of one day who meditates in wisdom [ Dhammapada lll ]