wat pa tam wua day 3


By the end of our second full day at Wat Pa Tam Wua we both began to feel a distinct progress in our meditation. Teachings given each day by the head monks contributed to a greater understanding of the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition of Buddhism and meditation, which helped us to progress in our practice. Insight into the Four Noble Truths, defilements, the differences between Vipassana & Samatha, as well as the various stages of Vipassana helped to guide our experience in meditation. We aimed to enter our first states of Vipassana: when a practicer can hold themselves in deep meditation, becoming an outside observer or "knower" of the sensations of their body and the thoughts floating through their head rather than the active participant.