Vipassana retreat May 10 – July 3

The retreat below is with a respected Burmese Master, and will be in English, with Thai translation. (send your e-mail via the contact page if you want the details in Thai language)

For the full details (and a few pictures of the place) click :

Vipassana Course Information _2011 Eng[1]

Abbreviated announcement:

Vipassana Course Information

Date: Tuesday May 10th – Sunday July 3rd 2011

Place: Sorn Tawee Meditation Center, Chacheangsao Province, Thailand

Address (In English): 80 Moo. 3, Tumbom Samedneur, Aumpur Bangkla,

Chacheangsao Province, Thailand, Tel. +6638-848-294, +6684-351-5900

Address (In Thai): 80 หมู 3 ตําบลเสม็ดเหนือ อําเภอบางคลา จังหวัดฉะเชิงเทรา

038-848-294, 084-351-5900

Teacher: Sayadaw U Zatila (from Myanmar)

Method of practicing: Satipattana, Observation of rising and falling of the abdomen

Attendee: Limit to 35 – 40 yogis. Priority will be first given to yogis who will continuously

practice at least 25 days. Registration will close once the available space is full.

Precepts: 8 precepts for laymen

Food: Serving breakfast and lunch. Evening juice will be provided in the evening


One person/ one kuti (or room), No A/C, No water heater in the bathroom

The center will provide small and hard pillow & very thin and hard mattress. Recommend

to bring your own pillow, mattress and light blanket if yogis prefer more comfort.

Meditation hall for practicing

Fee: Free (The course runs by donation)


Register before May 8th: Email to or call +6681-918-6939 (Mariryn)

Register after May 8th: Email to or call +6681-830-4682 (Supaporn)

In the email, please state your name, address, mobile phone number, gender, duration of

stay and your meditation practice background

Daily Schedule:

04:00 Wake up bell

04:30 to 05:00 Walking Meditation

05:00 to 06:00 Sitting Meditation

06:00 to 07:30 Breakfast

07:30 to 08:30 Sitting Meditation

08.30 to 09.30 Walking Meditation

09.30 to 10.30 Sitting Meditation

10.30 to 13.00 Lunch + Bathing or Practice

13.00 to 14.00 Sitting Meditation

14.00 to 15.00 Walking Meditation

15.00 to 16.00 Sitting Meditation

16.00 to 18.00 Bathing or Practice/ Evening Juice

18.00 to 19.00 Sitting Meditation or Dhamma Talk

19.00 to 20.00 Walking Meditation

20.00 to 21.00 Sitting Meditation

21.00 to 21.15 Metta Chanting

21.00 to 23.00 Optional Practice

**** All yogīs will have an interview with Sayadaw once every other day, except on Uposatha day.

Meditation Teacher Biography:

Birth and Ordination

U Zatila was born on August 29, 1965 to the parents, Mr. and Mrs.

Tun Nyaing in upper Burma. He was ordained as a novice monk at

the age of nine ( 1974 ) in his native village, and as a full-fledged

monk at twenty ( 1986 ) under the guidance of his preceptor,

Venerable Sumangala ( ti-pitaka-dhara, a holder of the whole Pali text) in Yangon, Burma.


He studied basic monastic education at his village monastery for seven years ( 1974-1983), and

higher education at Maha Gandayon Buddhist Institue Yangon for five years (1983-1988), and at

Aung-min-ga-lar Buddihist Institue Yangon for seven years (1988-1995)

Practice and Profession

In 1996 he practiced insight meditation intensively until satisfactory level at Panditarama

Meditation Center of worldwide repute about forty miles north of Yangon, Myanmar. After his

retreat he was appointed as an assistant meditation teacher at that very center for five years (1997-

2001). And then, he was assigned to teach meditation for three and half years (2002-2005) at

Tathagata Meditation Center, 1215 Lucretia Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122, USA.

From 2005 – 2008, he played an active role in teaching and administration at Panditarama Forest

Meditation Center, Myanmar.

Since 2008, Venerable Ashin U Zatila has been serving as the Abbott of the Kyunpin Monastery

and Meditation Center, Myanmar.

Basic Guideline for Yogis:

For Intensive Vipassanā Meditation: Lay meditators must carefully observe the eight


Consuming alcohol and drugs, smoking, and chewing of betel are not allowed.

Monks are expected to strictly observe their monastic code of discipline.

Meditators observe Noble Silence.

Talking is a great hindrance to progress in mindfulness meditation.

Meditators should stay alone and refrain from unnecessary speech.

Please keep reading and writing to an absolute minimum.

Socializing is strongly discouraged.

All unfinished personal, family and business matters should be taken care of prior to the

intensive meditation retreat so that they do not interfere with one’s meditation.

Communication with the outside world through telephone and e-mail should be kept to an

absolute minimum.