Wonderful places to meditate.
All of the places listed here are highly recommended. They each have that special combination of supportive atmosphere and stillness that nurtures the cultivation of a quiet mind and depth of meditation practice.
Bodhi Zendo is situated in Tamil Nadu, South India, in the upper Palani Hills at an altitude of about 1700 m, and is open to all who practise Zen, or who wish to experience it. You can spend some days or weeks in silence and meditation, and experiencing the brotherhood of the Sangha. At Bodhi Zendo visitors will find a beautiful Zen garden with wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. There is also a considerable library, with literature on Zen, Buddhism, Christianity, Philosophy other religions and other subjects.
Nilambe Meditation Center is a non-sectarian Buddhist retreat center close to Kandy in Sri Lanka. The majority of resident meditators are westerners, but many Sri Lankans also use the centre. Teaching is available in English by the resident teacher, Upul. There is a good library of books and tapes in English and Sinhala. Meditators stay from one night to several years - whatever works for you.
Wat Tam Wua is a beautiful buddhist monastery surrounded by forest and farms situated between Pai and Mae Hong Son, northern Thailand. The light daily schedule consists of two sessions of walking, sitting and lying down meditation, and chanting in the evening. There are two open air meditation halls and also a cave for meditation. The foods good and as Abbot Ajahn Luangta continually reminds you, "Meditation, Vipassana, Be Happy!"
Moulin de Chaves is set on the banks of a wide river in the South of France, with bamboo groves and mature trees, the sounds of bird song and flowing water, and a beautiful Japanese style wooden meditation hall. People from any or no spiritual background are welcome, with or without previous meditation experience. Personal retreats of varied length are also possible.
Gaia House is set in the peaceful beauty of the South Devon countryside. Gaia House – a retreat centre since the 1930s – offers silent meditation retreats from various Buddhist traditions, led by experienced Dharma teachers from all over the world.
Visitors to Gaia House find themselves supported in a nourishing environment of silence, rural tranquillity, simplicity of lifestyle, sensitivity to the needs of others, and a commitment to ethical behaviour, compassion, loving-kindness and generosity.