As I set off for Vipassana Meditation at the Wat Phradhat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I want to record the rules, guidelines and daily routine that I should expect. I have my two sets of loose-fitting white clothing and think I am ready. I start in a couple hours and finish in a week.
Rules for Meditators:
- Abstain from killing living beings
- Abstain from stealing
- Abstain from sexual or romantic activity
- Abstain from wrong speech
- Abstain from intoxicating drugs or alcohol
- Abstain from solid food after noon
- Abstain from diversion and beautification
- Abstain from luxurious seats and beds
- Meditators are not allowed to mix the practice with other meditation techniques or yoga, tai chi, aerobics, etc.
- Meditators are not allowed to smoke cigarettes during their stay
- Meditators should be polite and respectful to the teacher, and to the monks, novices, nuns and lay people staying at the temple
- Meditators are not to speak with each other except when necessary
- Reading, writing, listening to music, using e-mail and telephone etc, are not allowed.
Daily Routine for Meditators:
- 05:00 a.m. Wake-up time
- 05:30 a.m. Morning Practice
- 06:30 a.m. Breakfast
- 08:00 a.m. Dhamma Talk
- 11:00 a.m. Lunch
- 03:00 p.m. Reporting with your teacher
- 06:00 p.m. Evening Chanting
- 10:00 p.m. Sleep