I have been attending the Wat Mahathat Buddisht Temple for nearly twelve months now, up until recently, Supawan Green has been gracing us with her presence. Supawan was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 and has travelled extensively over her career and has gained a wealth of knowledge to impart to us all.
I have attended various retreats before including a 10 day traditional Vipassana course in India. So, I can reflect upon those intense and very strict practices, which I personally did find very powerful. Nevertheless, I know they are not accessible for the average people with jobs and family commitments or even the ability to sit crossed legged for so many hours a day!!!
An excellent and informative day at the Silent retreat on Saturday. Your course outline certainly has me engaged and hopefully the others too. This is what this and other Thai Temples in the UK seem to be lacking to reach out to a western audience and in time hopefully the Sangha will see the value of this also.
I would like to say a heartfelt "thank you" to Supawan Green for your teaching's of meditation and Taichi at the retreat on Saturday. Upon meeting you at the Dhamma talk on Thursday, you taught a technique of meditation that I found more effective in enabling me to hold my concentration and for the first time I experienced a glimpse of what it's like for my mind to feel completely still, empty and free from thoughts, which I again experienced at the retreat.