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He who walks in the eightfold noble path with unswerving determination is sure to reach Nibbāna.

Gautama Buddha
Buddhism, founded in the late sixth century (BCE) by Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) is a prominent religion in most Asian countries. The doctrines taught by the Buddha include the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold Path. Five hundred years after the passing of the Buddha, the teachings disappeared. In 1916, Luang Phor Sodh Candasaro (Chao Khun Phra Mongkol Thepmuni) rediscovered the Buddha’s teachings along with the principles of Dhammakaya Meditation.
Nun Master Thanom Arswai, a revered pupil of Luang Phor Sodh Candasaro, carried on the teachings of Dhammakaya, before passing them down to her student Mr Karoon Boonmanuch. Master Karoon dedicated his life to the practice of Dhammakaya, paving the way for Magga-Nibbāna to be achievable to us all.

The Monk!

Abbot of Wat Paknam until he died in 1959 he became a well-known meditation master who played a significant role in developing Theravada Buddhism. Also, he played a significant role in introducing Theravada Buddhism to the West.

Venerable Chao Khun Phramongkol Thepmuni (Sodh Candasaro)

The Teacher!

Siddhartha Gautama, an Indian spiritual teacher who founded Buddhism, and developed what is known as the Middle Way — a moderate, path between self-mortification and self-indulgence.

Siddhartha Gautama
The Buddha

The Master!

Master of Vijja Dhammakaya Meditation, a university lecturer in Management and Vijja Dhammakaya Meditation, recognised author, publisher of books on the same subject.

Karoon Boonmanuch
Meditation Master


Our greatest experiences are our quietest moments.

Theravada Buddhism is an (Ideology of the Elders), referring to senior Buddhist monks who derive their scriptural inspiration from the Tipitaka (Pali Canon). Practitioners of Theravada Buddhism seek self-liberation whereby they must refrain from all acts of evil, and amass all that is good to purify their mind. The Tipitaka does not over-emphasise the status of these teachings.
Positioning them far from being a fundamentalist ideology — more that they are tools to assist people in their understanding of the truth, and not as a means to acquiring merit of their own. Theravada Buddhism flourished for over two-and-a-half millennia in South East Asia up until the late nineteenth century. The unique spiritual legacy in its teachings of Awakening, saw the West come to embrace its methodology.

A disciplined mind brings happiness.

Gautama Buddha
The Tipitaka used the language of Pali, a dialect close to that voiced by the Buddha. No written scripts of the teachings existed, as the Buddha only ever spoke with his disciples and followers. On the Buddha’s physical passing and attainment of parinibbāna, his disciples and later followers formed a special council to create a written record of his teachings.
Three distinct sections shape the Tipitaka known as the three baskets of wisdom — the Vinaya Pitaka, Sutta Pitaka and Abhidhamma Pitaka. Vinaya Pitaka comprises 227 (Patimokkha) rules detailing conduct and discipline applicable to the monastic way of life. Sutta Pitaka holds the principle teachings (the Dhamma). Seven books form the Abhidhamma Pitaka that focus on his higher teachings.

There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.

Gautama Buddha
We know the Buddha’s teachings as Dhamma. He taught the importance of virtues, wisdom, kindness, patience, generosity and compassion. In Theravada Buddhism, these Five Precepts are the bare minimum for a lay practitioner. The aim is to relieve suffering, so by following the Five Precepts practitioners avoid causing others to suffer.
  1. I accept the precept to not destroy living creatures.
  2. I accept the precept to not take what they do not give.
  3. I accept the precept to refrain from the misuse of the senses.
  4. I accept the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.
  5. I accept the precept to refrain from intoxicants that cloud the mind.

The path leading to nibbãna — that is where my mind delights.

Samyutta Nikãya
Vijja Dhammakaya is the meditation technique Vipassana Chanthaburi teachers. It helps practitioners to develop the ability to understand one’s actions through mindfulness training. They registered in Chanthaburi as a nonprofit organisation in 1982 as the Vijja Dhammakaya Meditation Society. Its founder Mr Karoon Boonmanuch studied and perfected the techniques of Dhammakaya meditation, making him one of the foremost authorities today.
The studio runs meditation workshops for its members and those wishing to become members. Dhammakaya is a Pali word, loosely translated it means ‘Body of Enlightenment’ and appears in Theravada scriptures. This meditation practice teaches that the centre of the body is the natural home of the mind, the inner gateway to enlightenment. Vipassana Chanthaburi hosts open-level meditation classes, special workshops, and study events. All lessons are free, donations appreciated.

Stopping the mind is the key to success.

Luang Phor Sodh
Meditation, as we know it would be nothing more than a mental exercise had Luang Phor Sodh Candasaro not rediscovered it. Luang Phor Sodh Candasaro took a systematic teaching approach, gaining quick results that provided the missing links between scriptural theory and meditation practice. It’s considered an advanced form of meditation that has helped Buddhism to align with that of other world religions.
Dhammakaya Meditation goes far beyond the texts to where advanced practitioners continue to discover additional elements within their meditation in much the same way that scientists can discover unknown facts in nature. During the Great Abbot’s lifetime, he trained many practitioners to an advanced level. He became an inspirational leader to so many by helping lead practitioners in a spiritually joyous practice into the next millennia.


Mental Health

Research into meditation suggests there are many benefits for those who suffer from mental health issues. Studies show meditation can reduce anxiety, stress, and depression. More recent studies highlight meditation can benefit our cognitive and behavioural faculties. Overtime it teaches people to have a fresh perspective on their unproductive thoughts, which has a direct bearing to our wellbeing.


The foremost aim of the Buddhist Educational System is to garnish wisdom through intellectual, moral and spiritual perfection. Buddha taught that wisdom could resolve everyday problems and put an end to suffering. He valued equality, believing everyone possesses this inner strength. Another crucial element to achieve supreme wisdom comes through the practice of Vijja Dhammakaya Meditation.


Health is much more than the absence of disease or hospital care; it also refers to one’s physical, mental, and social wellbeing. A Buddhist interpretation of health emphasises a balanced interaction between mind, body, life the environment is for our physical wellbeing. A calm mind through meditation leads to a clearer understanding from which wisdom can flourish, enhancing our wellbeing.


The heart of Theravada traditions and teachings lies the Eightfold Path. Vipassana Chanthaburi believes they can help all of us face the challenges and choices we encounter in the corporate world. Understood and used effectively, they offer beneficial tools to help us navigate the path to corporate success. Buddhism in business might lead to more rewards, spiritual and financial.


There is growing evidence of the benefits of mindfulness, and especially those people suffering from addiction or substance abuse — it’s also an effective treatment for anxiety and depression. Many wellness centres now include meditation as part of the therapy process for people dealing with any self-hatred issues.


Gautama Buddha articulated the ethical principles of Buddhism — the Five Precepts and the first three points of the Noble Eightfold Path to enlightenment: Sila: based on two fundamental principles — equality and reciprocity. Samadhi: developing one’s mind is the path to wisdom. Prajna: wisdom emerges when the minds calm and pure.

What people say?

I had so many questions, fears and worries running through my mind on my first pregnancy — this meditation class helped me reconnect my mind, body and soul, making the birth much more joyous.

Lily Deng | Auckland

What people say?

Faced with some difficult and challenging times in my life, I needed a change of direction. I heard about Vipassana Chanthaburi from a friend and went along Master Karoon helped put me back on the right path through meditation.

Rakkat Sawangsri | Thailand

What people say?

The perfect introduction to the advantages and processes of Vijja Dhammakaya Meditation, making a seemingly complex Buddhist practice accessible to anyone willing to focus their mind on bringing calm and balance to their life.

Mark Hickman | Christchurch

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