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"The Two Extremes

Dve me bhikkhave na sevitabba

There are two extremes which should not be followed, bhikkhus,
by someone who has gone forth.

Yo cayam kamesu anariyo anatthasanhito

Devotion to pursuing sense pleasure, which is low, vulgar, worldly, ignoble and produces no useful result; and

devotion to self-denial, which is painful, ignoble and produces no useful result.

Ete te bhikkhave nibbanaya samvattati.

Avoiding both these extremes, bhikkhus, the Middle Way that a Tathagata has Awakened to gives vision and insight knowledge, and leads to peace,

profound understanding, full realization

and to Nibbana."

Extract from "The Dawn of the Dhamma"

Illustrations from the Buddha's First Discourse

by Venerable Sucitto Bhikkhu

Retreat and Reflections

An International meditation retreat with Luang Por Sucitto

Date : 22nd-31st December 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Dhamma,

Thank you for your interest in this meditation retreat with Luang Por Sucitto organized by BuddhaDhamma Foundation Ltd, ‘BDF’.

Luang Por Sucitto, 68, ordained since 1975, is a senior Western disciple in the tradition of Luang Pu Chah, the revered Thai meditation teacher. Retired from being the abbot of Cittaviveka, Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in 2014, Luang Por has given teachings worldwide and we are indeed privileged to have the opportunity to practice and receive guidance from the noble bhikkhu of 42 vassa.

This 10 days, 8 precepts, noble silence retreat shall commence on 22nd December 2017.

To register your interest for this retreat, it is important that you read and understand the retreat details carefully.

Your registration here is an expression of interest and is not a confirmation of acceptance. You will receive an email confirmation from BDF’s retreat coordinator by 30 August 2017, if your registration has been successfully accepted.

To ensure you do not miss any future email correspondences from us, kindly save the following to your mail address book now:

Thank you for your registration and we shall be in touch soon.

BuddhaDhamma Foundation

Meditation Retreat with Luang Por Sucitto

RETREAT Key Details :

(1) Dates

Start : 22 Dec 2017 (Fri) End : 31 Dec 2017 (Sun)

Resort group check-in: 4pm

Retreat starts : 7pm

* Group coach estimated arrival to the retreat resort is between 3-4pm on 22nd of Dec 2017

Retreat ends: 9am on the 31st Dec 2017

Resort group check out: 10 am

* Group coach departs resort at 11am

(2) Package

The Package cost for each person includes the following:

  • Board: 9 nights at Phutara Fah Resort
  • Food: Breakfast, lunch, beverage (pana)
  • Transport: 2 ways group coach transfer BKK Suvarnabhumi airport to Phutara Fah Resort
  • Resource rental: Hall, use of resort facilities, setup etc
  • Sanghika Dana: Offerings to Ajahns during retreat

The organizer does not make any profit from this retreat. Any additional revenue after settling cost, shall be donated to the Ajahns monastery. Any shortfall will be borne solely by the organizer. Ajahn is not involved in any financial matters regarding the retreat. Renunciants and sincere practitioners who need subsidy and require sponsorship for the retreat are welcomed to write to us with reference by 18th August 2017.

Retreat Package Cost in Singapore Dollars Per Person:

Triple sharing/dormitory room S$450.00

Double sharing S$650.00

Single occupancy S$850.00

Same gender room allocation only. All participants must be of a minimum age of 21 years old, physically mobile & independent. Those between 18-21 years will be admitted only on a case-by-case basis.

Full payment is required by transmission to a designated Singapore local bank account only after your place is confirmed.

(3) Flights


Group meeting : 22nd December 2017, 9.30am, at BKK Suvarnabhumni Airport.

Group coach leaves from BKK international Airport at 10am for Resort (with lunch rest stop) for resort check-in at 3pm.


Group coach leaves at 11am for BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport

Retreat ends: 9am

To meet these group schedules, you are required to make your own international passage arrangements, please select flight options as follow:

# 22 December 2017 (Fri)

Please arrive at BKK airport no later than 9am.

# 31 December 2017 (Sun) Please select flights after 7pm.

Traffic and road conditions can be unpredictable, arrival at airport before 5pm cannot be assured.

Your confirmed flight details (both ways) are required by 30 August 2017. Kindly inform the organiser

The distance between BKK airport to Phutara Fah Resort is approximately 250 km (approx. 4 hours by car; longer by coach). Thailands traffic and road conditions can be unpredictable.

All participants are required to start and end as a group. No late-comers, part-timers, early departures will be permitted.

(4) Format

This is an 8-precept, noble silence retreat. All participants are to observe:

  • Harmlessness: not intentionally taking the life of any living creature.
  • Trustworthiness: not taking anything that is not offered. Honesty in all words, deeds, thoughts.
  • Chastity: refraining from any sexual activity.
  • Right Speech: avoiding false, abusive or malicious speech and idle chatter, and, on retreat, keeping Noble Silence.
  • Sobriety: not taking any intoxicating drinks or drugs that lead to heedlessness.
  • Renunciation: not eating after mid-day and renouncing all communication devices
  • Restraint: not wearing make-up, perfume, jewelry or immodest clothing; not texting, emailing, making telephone calls or using the internet; not playing or listening to music, or watching TV, or partake in forms of entertainment.
  • Alertness: refraining from overindulgence in sleep.

All mobile and communication devices must be surrendered at the start of the retreat (this includes your spare, additional devices). They will be returned on the last day. This is to help facilitate your practice so that your mind can quieten down faster.

Maintain Noble Silence: no verbal, visual, written communications during retreat.

All participants must commit and respect these precepts and observe them truthfully.

(5) Accommodation

Phutara Fah Resort, Khao Yai, is the venue for the retreat.

Location map: Phutara Fah Resort

(6) Retreat reservation & payment policy

Registration closing date: When available places are taken up or by 28th August 2017, whichever is earlier.

Within 2 weeks of receipt of confirmation email from BDF of your place, 100% full payment is required. Delays may cause the forfeiture of reservation and the place will be given to the next waiting candidate in the queue.

(7) Withdrawal/Cancellation policy

With the submission of valid reasons before 1st November 2017, we would be happy to consider a full refund of payment for land costs if the minimum group size has been met, otherwise the refund could only be 80% of land costs.

We regret that cancellation after 1st November 2017 may be subjected to full forfeiture of payment.

(8) Sitting and walking meditation

There will be sitting and walking meditation sessions throughout the retreat.

For sitting sessions, you are encouraged to bring your own meditation cushion or kneeling stool.

All participants should be at all the sitting and walking meditation sessions.

(9) Attire

Tops should be plain, all white, with minimal graphics, text.

Trousers, long skirts should be loose-fitting, black or white, ankle-length.

All are requested to be dressed modestly, and this includes:

  • not wearing sleeveless tee-shirts, spaghetti tops, camisoles
  • not wearing short or tight-fitting clothing or leggings
  • not wearing low or plunging necklines or transparent/see-through clothing
  • not wearing tattered, torn or clothing with holes
  • not wearing shorts, skirts, or dresses which end above the ankles

The temperature range for Wang Nam Khiao in December is forecast to be 16-29 degree Celsius.

(10) Meditation Kit

Meditation Kit to be collected on 25th of November 3.00pm. Venue will be posted.

(11) Attitude to the practice

The law of nature (impermanence) is the order of the day; before, during & after the retreat. Program will be drawn up with consultation from the teacher.

Patience, endurance, compassionate understanding would be useful throughout this period. Observe every moment as an opportunity of cultivating the paramis to help strengthen one's practice on the noble path.

BuddhaDhamma Foundation is run wholly by volunteers. Your full co-operation and support would be greatly appreciated. In the event of a regrettable situation that affects the well-being of participants and organizers, participants exhibiting misconduct may be asked to leave the retreat and costs paid non-refundable.

(12) Organizers

BuddhaDhamma Foundation's mission is to help inspire a community of practitioners to walk the path with confidence. We practice together and make the effort to live our life in accordance with the Noble Eight Fold Path. Our motto as advised by Luang Por Sumedho is ~ "Liberation is here and now, it is realized by developing Sila, Dana and Bhavana".

Our Real Home is the "Place in Our Heart".

The Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha are our noble refuge, our noble teachers, our noble protectors, our noble companion. Entering the stream and to be free from all samsaric sufferings ~ that is the ultimate noble goal of all on this Noble Path.

"Worthy of gifts, fit for hospitality, fit for offerings and fit for reverential salutation", are the noble community.

The BuddhaDhamma Foundation is supported by a philanthropic family of dhammafarers & volunteers encouraged to preserve, promote, practice and realize the true fruits of a rich inheritance left by The Lord Buddha ~ "The Buddha-Dhamma-Sangha". Its activities are wholly supported through volunteerism and shared motivations.

The mission of BuddhaDhamma Foundation is a life-long journey.

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Sadhu Anumodana!

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