Chiangrai Times – The Chiang Rai area has a new meditation center. New Life Foundation has erected a towering circular meditation hall in the woods near Wiang Chai.
The Foundation will open the building on Wednesday, August 1, with a 4-day meditation retreat led by Venerable Lama Rinchen Phuntsok, a highly respected scholar and meditation master from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
The 201-square- meter hall is New Life’s first venture into natural building. It is constructed of mud bricks made on the site by volunteers.
The traditional leaf roof was installed by local craftsman!
“We plan to build an entire village around the new meditation hall, so that we can host large retreats for many different organizations,” says
Julien Gryp, co-director of the non-profit foundation.
The New Life Foundation is an international recovery community for people suffering from alcoholism, addiction, depression, relationship issues or abuse and burnout.
The foundation already has one meditation hall, plus dining hall and 54 private rooms for guests.
The inaugural retreat will focus on the two foundations of meditation: “Shamatha” (calm abiding) and “Vipashyana” (insight). It will be in English with Thai translation. Anyone can enroll.
New Life is an international mindful recovery community for people who are suffering because of addiction problems, stress, burnout, relationship issues or abuse. They aim to provide a unique learning environment based on mindfulness and sustainable living, where residents can learn to nurture and maintain their recovery. With support from the community and guidance from the staff, individuals develops their own action plan that enables them to discover their potential and develop a new healthy lifestyle based on mindfulness, truthfulness, responsibility and respect. For details and fees, visit www.newlifethaifoundation.