I wish to master my mind, one reason is I'm so mentally weak. Like anything you want to master you have to work at it. Drill it into you. But practicing on my own hasn't work. I need a far away place that will force me to master meditation. If I get off track they will make sure I get back on track. Where is a monastery like this where I a foreigner can join for a year?


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Following are some pointers:

  1. https://www.dhamma.org/en/index
  2. http://www.internationalmeditationcentre.org/global/index.html
  3. http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/
  4. https://www.paaukforestmonastery.org/
  5. https://forestsangha.org/

With regard to the 1st 2 links, there are 10-day courses. In the case of the 1st link, you can progress to longer courses up to 60 days. 3rd link lists many other monasteries and centres which some may allow you to stay up to a year. 4th links gives meditation centres in the Pa Auk tradition which is the best if you are looking to master Jhana. 5th link gives monasteries in the Thai Forrest tradition.

  • Thank you my friend truly. Also thanks for giving me options
    – user17028
    Sep 27, 2019 at 12:07

Any meditation monastery has sufficient disciple for training. There is no need to think as extreme as you are. Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand or any branch monastery.


I would encourage you to take a look at mahamevnawa. They have many branches world wide. Below is link to help locate a branch.

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If you in the east coast of USA, I may suggest Mahamevnawa Buddhist Meditation Center of New Jersey


A lame horse if whipped will not run faster. Based on your approach it may take you a long time to form discipline. In fact what does it have to do with a monastery? If you're having trouble concentrating that could be adult adhd I recommend: 3 months of a basic counseling and/ or medication might help you prepare for religious approach. It's cheaper that a flight and you'll introspective work towards the same goal. In fact you can do both together. You reached a point where your aware of a limitation. This is valuable so don't think nothing isn't progress. As eager student will you not listen to this reasonable advice?

  • Its not so much I can't focus. I wish to mastet jhana meditation and even held access concentration. Its I cant be reasonable to put the work in it take to master this meditation. I will always find a reason to not do it or quit. But I see your point. I just need a place I have to worry about nothing else other then meditation
    – user17028
    Sep 27, 2019 at 12:28
  • Find somewhere uncomfortable and mostly private. A bedroom is no good and a garden isn't either. You'll be caught in the view. Sep 27, 2019 at 13:55
  • I tried that.. So much I JUST came back from a trip from hawaii with the aim of mediation and didn't even mediate for 3p mintues I was there for a week.. I can't forcr myself I will find away out
    – user17028
    Sep 27, 2019 at 13:58
  • Hawaii is somewhere nice. Some students can't meditate. One of my stubborn ones is like this. Walking medication works better. The idea is work while working, sleep while sleeping and bathe while bathing. You sound like you could also use a koan. Would you like one? Sep 27, 2019 at 14:02
  • In fact what does it have to do with a monastery? Don't humans learn by copying (emulating) each other? Isn't easier to do what others are doing, when and because they're doing it?
    – ChrisW
    Sep 27, 2019 at 16:18

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