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Five Buddhadasa Retreat Centers Reviews added to Wiki

Added 5 new retreat centers in Thailand in the Buddhadasa tradition to the DhO Wiki thanks to a kind anonymous reviewer from that tradition.

Here's all of them:

Name of Center: Dipabhāvan Meditation Center - 
•    Address: Koh Samui - Thailand
•    Phone Number: not available for English Language
•    Website: https://dipabhavan.weebly.com/meditation-retreat.html
•    Contact Email: booking@dipabhavan.org
•    Tradition(s): Bhikkhu Buddhadasa
•    Technique(s): Anapana sati as intro to Buddha Dhamma
•    Teacher(s): Achan Dhammavitu (English, 28 years a monk)
•    Cost: Donation
•    Accommodations: Thai forest style
•    Facilities: Complete for running retreats all month long in 3 separate retreats
•    Physical Setting: Mountain top with vistas and hills to climb
•    Food (Vegetarian/Vegan/etc.): Thai Vegetarian
•    Retreat Length(s): 7 day and 10 day
•    Typical Schedule: very typical for retreats, up early rest all day and sleep at night.
•    Issues of Taboos around attainment, real practice, disclosing insights, etc.: dress properly
•    Issues of Rites/Rituals: few, very few
•    Issues of Proper Dress: shoulders and knees are to be covered, as per Thai traditions
•    Issues of Etiquette: Silent retreatants expected
•    Issues of Language: Thai, English and Russian instructions
•    Health Issues: Don’t come sick
•    Logistical Issues: Must come to Thailand, that is an issue for most
•    Strengths: Noble Dhamma, correct instructions
•    Weaknesses: Hot in summer, hills to climb between buildings.
•    Other Comments: Achan Pho (master teacher and 87 year old Abbot of Wat Suan Mokkh in residence)
•    Overall Impression:  Long tradition of teaching the Noble dhamma (no rebirth)
•    Worthy of recommendation on the Dharma Overground? yes
•    Name of Person Reviewing the Center:  anonymous

•    Name of Center:  - Wat Suan Mokkh International Dhamma Hermitage
•    Address: Chayia Surat Thani - Thailand
•    Phone Number: not available for English Language
•    Website: https://www.suanmokkh.org/   http://www.suanmokkh-idh.org/                   
Contact Email: see web site
•    Tradition(s): Bhikkhu Buddhadasa
•    Technique(s): Anapana sati as intro to Buddha Dhamma
•    Teacher(s): various
•    Cost: Donation
•    Accommodations: Thai forest style private rooms
•    Facilities: Complete for running retreats all month long in 3 separate retreats
•    Physical Setting: Flat land coconut palms and hot springs
•    Food (Vegetarian/Vegan/etc.): Thai Vegetarian
•    Retreat Length(s): 10 day
•    Typical Schedule: very typical for retreats, up early rest all day and sleep at night.
•    Issues of Taboos around attainment, real practice, disclosing insights, etc.: dress properly
•    Issues of Rites/Rituals: few, very few
•    Issues of Proper Dress: shoulders and knees are to be covered, as per Thai traditions
•    Issues of Etiquette: Silent retreatants expected
•    Issues of Language: Thai, English instructions
•    Health Issues: Don’t come sick
•    Logistical Issues: Must come to Thailand, that is an issue for most
•    Strengths: Noble Dhamma, correct instructions
•    Weaknesses: Hot in summer, hills to climb between buildings.
•    Other Comments: Achan Pho master teacher and 87 year old Abbot of Wat Suan Mokkh in residence for English retreats 1st to 11th monthly
•    Overall Impression:  Long tradition of teaching the Noble dhamma (no rebirth)
•    Worthy of recommendation on the Dharma Overground? yes
•    Name of Person Reviewing the Center:  anonymous

•    Name of Center: Wat Kow Tham 
•    Address: Koh Phagan - Thailand
•    Phone Number: not available for English Language
•    Website: https://www.kowthamcenter.org/
•    Contact Email: see web site
•    Tradition(s): Bhikkhu Buddhadasa
•    Technique(s): Anapana sati as intro to Buddha Dhamma
•    Teacher(s): Phra Marute (Thai monk with good English)
•    Cost: 5000 baht (expensive)
•    Accommodations: Thai forest style
•    Facilities: Complete for running retreats for 20 students
•    Physical Setting: Mountain top with vistas and hills to climb
•    Food (Vegetarian/Vegan/etc.): Thai Vegetarian
•    Retreat Length(s): 7 day 
•    Typical Schedule: very typical for retreats, up early rest all day and sleep at night.
•    Issues of Taboos around attainment, real practice, disclosing insights, etc.: dress properly
•    Issues of Rites/Rituals: few, very few
•    Issues of Proper Dress: shoulders and knees are to be covered, as per Thai traditions
•    Issues of Etiquette: Silent retreatants expected
•    Issues of Language: English instructions
•    Health Issues: Don’t come sick
•    Logistical Issues: Must come to Thailand, that is an issue for most
•    Strengths: Noble Dhamma, correct instructions
•    Weaknesses: Hot in summer, hills to climb between buildings.
•    Other Comments: Phra Marute is a good teacher
•    Overall Impression:  Long tradition of teaching the Noble dhamma (no rebirth)
•    Worthy of recommendation on the Dharma Overground? yes
•    Name of Person Reviewing the Center:  anonymous

•    Name of Center: Wat Donm Kiem - 
•    Address: Chayia Surat Thani - Thailand
•    Phone Number: not available for English Language
•    Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS1wENBppVc
•    Contact Email: none
•    Tradition(s): Bhikkhu Buddhadasa
•    Technique(s): Anapana sati as intro to Buddha Dhamma
•    Teacher(s): Achan Metti (English, 30 years a monk)
•    Cost: Donation (free as there is no one to take money)
•    Accommodations: Thai forest style
•    Facilities: Private retreats for dedicated long term stay, living like monks
•    Physical Setting: Mountain jungle and hills to climb, flat forest, big lake
•    Food (Vegetarian/Vegan/etc.): Thai alms round with monks (anything goes)
•    Retreat Length(s): stay as long as you like 
•    Typical Schedule: very typical for life as a monk for several months. .
•    Issues of Taboos around attainment, real practice, disclosing insights, etc.: dress properly, no ladies at this place. 
•    Issues of Rites/Rituals: few, very few
•    Issues of Proper Dress: shoulders and knees are to be covered, as per Thai traditions
•    Issues of Etiquette: Silent retreatants expected, old students
•    Issues of Language: Thai, English dhamma talks no instructions, assume you know how
•    Health Issues: Don’t come sick
•    Logistical Issues: Must come to Thailand, that is an issue for most
•    Strengths: Noble Dhamma, correct instructions
•    Weaknesses: Hot in summer, hills to climb between buildings.
•    Other Comments: Deep personal practice
•    Overall Impression:  Long tradition of teaching the Noble dhamma (no rebirth)
•    Worthy of recommendation on the Dharma Overground? yes
•    Name of Person Reviewing the Center:  anonymous

•    Name of Center: Indriya Retreat – Dhamma And Meditation Centre
•    Address: Koh Phangan - Thailand
•    Phone Number: not available for English Language
•    Website: https://anthonymarkwell.com/contact/
•    Contact Email: contact@anthonymarkwell.com
•    Tradition(s): Bhikkhu Buddhadasa
•    Technique(s): vipassana
•    Teacher(s): Anthony Markwell, Australian
•    Cost: Donation
•    Accommodations: Thai forest style
•    Facilities: Complete contact Anthony for opening date
•    Physical Setting: Island paradise 
•    Food (Vegetarian/Vegan/etc.): Thai Vegetarian
•    Retreat Length(s): 7 day and 10 day
•    Typical Schedule: very typical for retreats, up early rest all day and sleep at night.
•    Issues of Taboos around attainment, real practice, disclosing insights, etc.: dress properly
•    Issues of Rites/Rituals: few, very few
•    Issues of Proper Dress: shoulders and knees are to be covered, as per Thai traditions
•    Issues of Etiquette: Silent retreatants expected•    Issues of Language: Thai, English and Russian instructions
•    Health Issues: Don’t come sick
•    Logistical Issues: Must come to Thailand, that is an issue for most
•    Strengths: Anthony has sweet personality, the Ladies love him
•    Weaknesses: Hot in summer, instruction for beginners, no deep dhamma
•    Other Comments: Mostly for beginners
•    Overall Impression:  Anthony has sweet personality, the Ladies love him
•    Worthy of recommendation on the Dharma Overground? yes
•    Name of Person Reviewing the Center: anonymous