Suan Mokkh Forest Monastery
This monastery was founded in 1932 by the late Venerable Buddhadasa Bhikku, meditation master and Buddhist scholar.Day visitors are welcome at the main forest monastery where you can wander the many forest paths among monk's "kutees" (small bungalows). Don't miss the unique Spiritual Theater of didactic Buddhist imagery. The monastery is just south of the town of Chaiya, 50km (31 miles) north of Surat Thani on Highway 41; long-distance buses and minitrucks pass by the entrance throughout the day and can drop you off as requested and songtao (pickups) connect to and from Chaiya (you have to wave them down) for 20B (50¢).
Suan Mokkh holds a 10-day meditation course on an ongoing basis. During the course participants will explore two inter-related subjects: dhamma and meditation. Meditation instruction focuses on mindfulness with breathing (anapanasati), a system of training used and taught most often by the Buddha. Dhamma talks are held daily, and everyone is encouraged to participate. English-speaking facilitators called “Friends” offer guidance on meditation practice and all other aspects of the course