Our hope is that the center will enable significant growth and success of all aspects of the dharma practice in Israel and the development of the community of practitioners
Method of meditation
Nowadays Vipassana meditation is mainly practised in Burmese, Ceylonese and Thai temples on the basis of the handed down teachings of Lord Buddha. The Vipassana meditation technique in the courses is passed on in the same way as it is traditionally prctised in the temples in Northern Thailand under the guidance of the Ven. Ajahn Tong (Phrathepsiddhajahn). It is an intensive form of the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition with walking and sitting meditations.
is a Pali word which means: Seeing clearly, seeing specially or seeing through (Vi – clearly, specially, into, through + passana – seeing). Vipassana means introspection, intuitive wisdom, intuitive knowledge. Vipassana is often translated as Insight
Ven. Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo [Phra Tepsiddhajaan
The Venerable Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo is the head vipassana meditation teacher of north Thailand and one of the most respected teachers in Thailand. His meditation method has become widespread throughout the world , especially in northern Thailand. Ven. Ajarn Tong was ordinated as a young monk at the age of 12 and as a adult monk aged 20. In 1954 he was invited to the Wat Mahadhatu temple in Bangkok where he completed basic training in vipassana meditation, followed by 2 years and 7 months of further practice in Burma under Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw (dec.) and Abhidamma studies with several well known teachers of the time, then returning to Chiang Mai in north Thailand. He began to teach vipassana and establish meditation centers throughout the north, including the famous Wat Rampoeng Tapotaram temple.
Ven. Ajarn Tong has been teaching vipassana for nearly 50 years and heads over 50 temples and meditation centers in north Thailand and the world. He currently resides and teaches vipassana at the Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong Voravihara temple in north Thailand.
Ven. Thiracitto Phra Ajarn Ofer Adi
Phra Ofer Adi is a monk who been practicing vipassana meditation for 16 years at Wat Lampang Wat Chom Tong in Thailand under the instruction of Ven. Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo. Phra Ofer taught for several years in Israel before becoming a monk in Thailand 8 years ago followed by several years as monk and teacher at a Buddhist temple near Frankfurt Germany. Since 2005 he is teaching in Israel as well as various places in the world.
Thanat is a disciple of and assistant to Ven. Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo and senior teacher of vipassana meditation. Thanat established and manages the meditation center for foreigners (non Thai ) at Chom Tong temple in north Thailand where he teaches and trains students and teachers. Thanat speaks Thai, Chinese and English and is married to Kate (Kathryn Chindaporn) who speaks English and Thai and is a senior vipassana teacher. Thanat began training as a novice in Bangkok aged 18 followed by short periods of temple life at Chang Mai. In 1985 he began formal training in under Ven. Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo (disciple of Ven Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma).
In 1986 he began teacher’s training and has been teaching since 1988 under Ajarn Tong together with his wife Kathryn in Mexico City and Washington State, currently teaching courses in Thailand, India, Israel, Mexico and the U.S.A.
Kathryn (Kate) Chindaporn Johnston
Kate began practicing vipassana meditation in 1986 under Ven. Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo and Phra Beniat Akaino. In 1987 she completed her apprenticeship and studies of the Pali Canon and Abhidharma . In 1999 she began to teach at the Buddhist University.
She is a staff teacher at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong and teaches courses in India, Europe and the U.S.A. She has often served as interpreter for Ven. Ajarn Tong on teaching tours and has published several translations independently, including “ The Only Way – an Introduction to Vipassana Meditation” by Ven. Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo.
were awarded a Thai Government Honor bestowed by the Hon. Princess for excellence in their contribution to the teaching of vipassana meditation.
They have been teaching in Thailand and abroad for 20 years
student of Ven. Ajahn Tong. She has been practising Vipassana meditation for many years.
In 1993 Ajahn Tong authorised Hildegard Huber to teach Vipassana. Since then she has regularly conducted meditation courses. Her extended own meditation practice along with a profound knowledge of the teaching (Dhamma) enables Hildegard Huber to convey her knowledge in an understandable form and to guide meditators through their entire practice
Asher has been practicing vipassana since 1988 under Thanat Chindaporn who also trained Asher to teach the 16 stage vipassana course. Asher is a diving instructor and stone sculptor residing in Eilat. He recently joined the teaching staff at the our center