Dhutanga PunyaPanya (Insight Meditation Center)

Here you'll have the chance to develop yourself through the means of meditation, to live and experience directly Thai culture and to learn about Buddhism in Thailand ! If you're really interested in learning about meditation, the philosophy of Buddhism and the Monks' lifestyle you are welcome but, if you are just looking for free food and accommodation it's not a place for you. It is important that you inform yourself about Thai culture and Buddhism in advance. We frequently have knowledgeable members of the community come to teach volunteers about different aspects of Thai culture. For example, paper leaf kites, music, and how to make traditional food and desserts. But most of the time its a calm place where you can take time for yourself and exchange with others. After spending 49 years in the USA, I decided to go back to my homeland, Thailand, and do something for my people! On the land that once belonged to my family, I created a little island of peace where Bikkhus, Bikkhunis and foreigners live and work together! Here you'll have the chance to have an exclusive insight in the Thai culture and the lifestyle of the monks. I, a female Monk (Bikkhuni), live here with 12 dogs. The island of peace is composed from a garden that stretches between a river and a little lake, Kutis (hut) with ensuite, a dorm and individuals rooms, one meditation hall and one open-air kitchen. But large scale improvements are happening constantly. Everyday you'll be able to enjoy the sunrise over the lake and the sunset over the river, you'll have the chance to meditate and learn about the Dhamma, to experience Thai culture and food and to cultivate peace and self-development as well as living in a worldwide community . In exchange you'll be helping a few hours a day with the garden, the dogs and the different tasks in the surroundings. Just help wherever help is needed as well as other various chores and community outreach programs. The days are busy as there is always something to adjust but there is much opportunity to learn and rest ! Our daily meals are offered from the surrounding community (Bintabat) and should be enough to fulfill you as much as you need (unless you're an ogre then you may need to go to the supermarket). You can also find restaurants and shops in walking distance. It is also possible to store your own goods if you wish THIS PLACE IS NOT VEGAN AND CANNOT GUARANTEE VEGETARIAN FOOD ALL THE TIME -as it is all from donation, we don't chose what is given- If you want to know more, follow us on instagram: @dhutangamc

Here, we have 2 Thai people helping with the work in the center and plaining you what you have to do (named Rose and Beam Beam) . You can teach them english (and more !) and talk about your country as they are really friendly ! READ CAREFULLY : Your travel must be vaccinated, finish 2 doses, and have a vaccine passport or vaccine certificate to guarantee that you arrived properly We will be accepting volunteers from 2022 onwards. If you are interested, you can Read our agreement and book an upcoming date. we’re welcome you. thank you "WELCOME TO DHUTANGA INSIGHT MEDITATION CENTER"🥰 We welcome all volunteers. Those who want to learn about the Buddhist way of life, meditation, use life forms to train the mind to calm, stories about Buddhism and want to be volunteers in our place. First of all, you may want to know the information for this decision. I will recommend you ** You must be here for at least 10-14 days and have to keep silent at least 2-3 days (for learning of meditation or vipassana). ** You will have 1 day in 2 weeks. You can go out to travel in the bangkok or somewhere (6:00 am and return before 5pm). ** pray or chanting Morning chanting at 5 am (prayer and meditation) Evening chanting at 6 pm (prayer and meditation) During work days that volunteers have to do and rest ** The work you need to do Such as cleaning, gardening, teaching children books Cook for dogs and Feed 15 dogs. Or help something in the center (When necessary) **On the day you come in We will teach some job for you (Not hard work for you) And you must respect the rules here (if you are illegal, we can consider leaving us immediately) ** On the day you arrive Must contact the staff and register for volunteers And Donate pay the donation on the first day that comes in according to the date registered (the list is explained at the end of the matter) (no refund in all cases) ** We have volunteer manuals for you to read at first. For you to understand more ** Please bring: - Clothes that cover your shoulders and knees (Avoid tight clothing: legging) - towel - water bottles (if any) - Your use or facilities - Our national flag (if any) ** We have food for you for 2 meals. (Breakfast, lunch, but sometimes have the dinner) ** we have coin Automatic washing machine * - If you want to wash clothes You have to pay a 40 baht coin for the washing machine.(You can exchange coins at the office.) ** We have lockers for save your valuables. (But you have to pay a 100 baht key deposit. If returning, we will refund you.) ** Statement: In addition, you will be asked to Donate 200 baht/day. The donation details are as follows: for financial support. (Electricity, water, beautiful location, Drinking water, 2 foods (breakfast, lunch), bedroom fee and maintenance of the place) And pay extra there is a cost for renting bed sheets, pillows, pillowcases and blankets is 150 baht. if you make to come, you just coming at 6.00 am to 6.00 pm, only (Or late for 2 hours after 6:00 pm, but you have to inform us beforehand. only)


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Life changing experience. From the beginning to the end it was mind-opening.
We were told this stay will allow us to reunite with our core and gain a new perspective to life. By the end of the trip it became more than true.
Spent a lot of time and had Dhamma talks with Luang Mae and Luang Pee Anja & Pa. They didn’t only taught us about Buddhism but truly showed that they care about us. The tasks were minor and very enjoyable. Connected with myself and my surrounding on a deep-level. I cannot wait to come back again ♥️ My eternal gratitude!

about 1 month ago



Es mi primer voluntariado en el extranjero y fue una experiencia mucho mejor que mis expectativas... fui la primera voluntaria post pandemia por lo tanto la única, los 11 días que viví en el centro de meditación fueron de mucho aprendizaje y conexión con la meditación así como con las bhikkunis aprendí mucho de ellas de Punya, Anya,Pak,beem beem y Rouse muchas gracias por estos días literal me hicieron sentir en casa, las actividades que se detallan en el voluntariado son muy básicas, como barrer, darle de comer a los peces ir en las mañanas al vintaba y apoyar en las actividades del día a dia

about 2 months ago



A experiência foi incrível, as monjas (Bikkhuni) são adoráveis, todas bem amigas, me senti super bem. Aprendi muito sobre budismo e o melhor é o respeito que se aprende com tudo, a amar a si mesmo. Fiz 3 dias de vipassana que mudou minha vida, desenvolvi meu auto conhecimento. Acredito que todo mundo deve viver essa experiência.

over 2 years ago



If you wanna learn more about meditation and buddhism I would really recommend this place! You get the chance to get to know yourself and relax in nature at the same time. I really enjoyed my stay there! The task are easy and the food is really good. While I was there, there was a young monk there who taught us a lot about buddhism.

over 2 years ago



Firts experience as a volunteer and it couldn’t been better! I highly recommend this place. Here you’ll find pace, respect, beautiful people, caring, kindness and mindfulness. During my staying Punya was travelling so we had the lucky to be the students of an ex volunteer who had became monk. We learned a lot about Buddhism and had the chance of practice a lot of meditation during or free time. I’d love to come back here soon! This place change my life and will be home forever ♥️

over 2 years ago

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