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"One Day at the Panditarama Forest Center"

Sixty Day Retreat at the Panditarama Forest Center

A Valuable Opportunity to Walk the Buddha's True Path to Spiritual Liberation

December 1, to January 31,

Location: Hse Main Gon - about 45 miles north of Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Every year the Panditarama Forest Center conducts a Special Sixty Day Retreat hosting over a hundred yogis from around the world in silent, intensive, meditation practice.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from senior monks who have been trained by Sayadaw U Pandita. There are daily one hour Dhamma talks at the forest center thought the entire retreat. These provide meditators with precise practical and theoretical instruction vital for intensive Satipatthana Vipassana meditation practice. Throughout the meditation retreat Sayadaw U Pandita’s chief disciples will guide your practice.

If you wish to travel and practice meditation at the Panditarama Forest Meditation Center, we offer support and practical information to help you prepare and succeed. If you are new to the practice or wish to attend a retreat in the USA we suggest Tathagata Meditation Center in San Jose, California. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the Forest Center retreat or meditation practice.

>> Find out more about the Panditarama Forest Meditation Center

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Application Process for the Annual Retreat

Registration begins April 1, .
To Apply Use our Online 60-day Retreat Form >>

For more details on the application process see How to Apply.

You must register by November 20th. Space will be limited, and preference will be given to yogis committing to the entire 60 days. The earlier you can register, the more likely there will be a place available. Each year, the retreat does fill up and there is a waiting list.

Application Process for Year Round Practice

If you wish to practice at the forest center outside the dates of the Annual Sixty Day Retreat (Dec 1 - Jan 31) you may apply using our Year-Round Retreat Form.

There is a 10 day minimum stay for meditators who have not previously practiced at Panditarama or under the guidance of one of their senior teachers.

The Panditarama Forest Meditation Center is the direct result of the tremendous efforts and generosity of Dhamma supporters in Burma and throughout the rest of the world. All meditation instruction, room and board are given freely in the spirit of Dana (meritorious deeds).

Please Note:

The retreat will OPEN on December 1, (Usually the opening talk is in the morning).

It will FINISH on January 31, (Usually this is also in the morning with transport to Yangon leaving after lunch that day).

Transport to the Forest:

Nov 27 and 29, (Subject to change depending on how many people are coming and when).

FYI: The Panditarama Dhamma Family Gathering will be February 3-4, . At this time we will also hold the annual commemoration of Sayadawgyi’s passing away (Note: holding it on the actual date, which falls during the Burmese New Year, is not practical). Sayadawgyi’s relics will be buried at sea and the cornerstone will be placed for a structure (called a vimāna in Pali) at Hse Main Gon. It may also be used to hold the things Sayadawgyi used, such as his robes and bowl.