Meditation in Thailand
This article is a travel topic
Buddhism was introduced into Thailand from Sri Lanka, and currently nearly 95% of the population is Buddhist. Theravada is the predominent school, though beliefs are often mixed with folk religions. Mahayana Buddhism is also practiced in Thailand, though it is mostly confined to Thais of Chinese ancestry.
Since the 60s, many foreigners have trained at monasteries in Thailand, and while most have only stayed for a short time, many have also taken monastic ordination. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see farang monks at monasteries, especially those located in rural areas. Two famous Thai monks who have enjoyed influence overseas are Ajahn Chah and Buddhadasa.
Thais are pretty flexible by nature and so readily make allowances for foreigners who are not familiar with their customs. However, there are a few rules that should be observed when visiting a monastery:
Below is a list of monasteries that offer meditation courses for non-Thai speakers. NB: This list serves only as a 'pointer,' and more detailed information is available on the city or province article where the temple is located.
Temples that offer multi-day meditation courses
Temples that offer non-residential meditation courses
Dharma Centers with instruction, residential & multi-day courses