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Buddhist Meditation in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Training the mind is indispensable to true Buddhist practice. Often this is casually referred to as “meditation.”  On a visit to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, you will have the opportunity to learn basic mental training under the guidance of Thai Buddhist monks so you can have a taste of it first-hand.

Chiang Mai is the second most important city in Thailand next to Bangkok, its capital. Aside from the hundreds of temples sprinkled throughout the city, and several excellent Thai massage schools, Chiang Mai also boasts of modern meditation classes for English-speaking students.

Why training the mind is important in Buddhism

Average people have no control over their thoughts and feelings. Like water that is unclear when it moves, an agitated mind fails to perceive truth.  Buddhism in Thailand and elsewhere in the world teaches that to see truth and be free of suffering, one has to learn to tame the mind first. This taming of the mind is acquired through basic concentration and breathing practices. In ancient times people had to take monastic vows to practice these exercises in seclusion. Today you can take “meditation retreats” to receive similar training without becoming a monk or nun. Several schools in Chiang Mai offer such retreats and classes.

Meditation Classes in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Northern Insight Meditation Center teaches the vipassana method of mindfulness. Its intensive classes take 26 days to complete, or no less than 10 days for those who cannot take the full course.

The International Buddhism Center offers a 21-day course on vipassana as well. You can join discussions and chanting or a short 3-day retreat.

Wat Soan Dok gives people a chance to learn about the lives and practices of monks in their “Monk Chat Programme” held every other day on weekdays. For meditators, the temple has a 4-day course on vipassana.

Tip: Learn Thai yoga

Meditation exercises should be practiced only by healthy, mentally and physically sound individuals. To prepare for Buddhist meditation, you might also want to learn Thai yoga, also known as ruesri dat ton. This system of exercises are designed to improve physical health and give a sense of calmness, necessary for mental training.

The Survival Guide To Caribana

The Caribana festival is one of the most crowded festivals celebrated in all of North America, attracting as much as one million tourists yearly. Joining the celebration should automatically switch your survival mode on, considering that it’s going to be wild. If you don’t want to be eaten up by confusion and physical discomfort among other things, it is best that you stick to the following guidelines as to how to survive the Caribana.

The best tip that I can probably give you if you want to survive this festival is to dress lightly and comfortably. Remember that you will be squeezing in to the rest of the crowd in Caribana and will be exposed to sunlight. Dressing lightly will allow air to easily circulate around your body’s surfaces as well as allow your sweat to evaporate – which in turn cools the body.

Next, arriving early is just as important as dressing as lightly and as comfortable as possible. No matter how breezy your clothing may be, these won’t stand a chance of helping you survive the heat if you arrive late – just in time to join the crowd. If you arrive early though, you will be able to position yourself comfortably along the front row minus the crowd. You can bring a chair and other necessities with you so that you will be able to keep yourself at ease by the time the parade starts.

Lastly, it is also important that you wear footwear that won’t cause you any trouble. With the parade going on for the next 3.6 kilometers from where it starts and considering that there are many other activities that you have to go to right after the parade, most travel blogs will tell you that wearing comfortable footwear is a must. Closed shoes with flat heels are the best types of footwear for both men and women during the festival. Heels are highly discouraged and because slippers may snap during long walks, it is best to avoid them.

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