This temple does not teach the practice of meditation, and days are not structured beyond the morning and evening reflections on the noble truth given by Luang Por Phosri-Suriya Khemarato. Learning the ultimate truth happens through impromptu Dharma talks & conversations, the experience of being at the temple, living a simple lifestyle, and letting go of expectations.
A typical day begins around 5:00am, with the first reflection beginning at around 6:00am. These can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour, sometimes beginning with traditional Pali chanting and recitation of the Forgiveness Statement, followed by Luang Por’s dharma reflection.
Luang Por uses simple language to explain profound truths. His teachings are all given in Thai, however English speaking members of the temple community are always happy to help non-Thai speakers. Many of his reflections have already been translated into English, Vietnamese, and Chinese, and can be found in the relevant sections on this site.
After the morning reflection, a (mainly) vegetarian buffet is served. This is the only meal provided, and residents are on their own for further meals, so it is helpful to bring a food container in order to take extra food for later in the day. Following the morning reflection, the rest of the day is unstructured, and there are no classes or requirements to fulfill. Dharma conversations with the Venerable Luang Por Phosri-Suriya Khemarato, and other monks and nuns, are open for everyone throughout the day.
Evening prayer and reflection normally runs between 6:00 – 7:00pm, though this adjusts as the days lengthen and shorten through the year. Temple electricity is limited to 4:30 – 6:00am, and 6:00 – 8:00pm, after which there are no further activities.
Days at the temple are to be used as a time to be with yourself, soak in the temple atmosphere, and live in the renunciate style of the monks and nuns here.
Whilst it is not compulsory, visitors and residents are encouraged to provide support to the temple community in whatever ways they can. There are many different opportunities to help out with voluntary works, such as in the kitchens, gardens, garbage and recycling site, horse stables, and other areas. Such activities go on throughout the day (and night) so there is something for everyone. You can see some examples in the Monastic Life section.