Friday, 31 January 2014

#28 Meditate in an ancient Monk's Cave

Koh Samui has long been favoured by Buddhist monks as a sanctuary for spiritual retreat. The island, they say, has a special energy that enriches and enlightens their spiritual path and helps them connect more profoundly with the universal energies.

There's a centuries-old cave here, once used by Buddhist monks as a place for meditation and spiritual retreat. The tradition of these monks supposedly continues and adds an aura of spiritual and sacred energy to the area.

The Monks’ Cave is always open, and people are welcome to enter this sacred space for quiet contemplation, meditation or a peaceful break to lighten and brighten the day.

Buddhist monks known to use this cave as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat, include:
Arjan Daeng (1889-1976), was a Buddhist sage renowned for his knowledge of healing plants and his ability to communicate with other life forms, including the cobras that shared his living space. An expert sailor, he built his own boat and made pilgrimages to outlying islands where he established other hermitages. He is remembered for his talks on universal compassion and his exemplary teachings of self-discipline, simplicity, patience, and his kindness to all beings.

Arjan Pet, "Diamond Teacher", a great reformer of Thai Buddhism.

Arjan Mahasumreong, the most recent monk to inhabit the cave at Kamalaya, made renovations and added the still-existing skylight. A great scholar, he translated many original Pali texts into the Thai language. Now 87 years old, he continues to teach at a monastery in the Thai province of Kanchanaburi.

It is incredibly peaceful and an amazing place to be alone with my thoughts.

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