20 NICE meditation centers
1) Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS) in Perak, Malaysia
Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS) is a training centre for Malaysian Theravada Buddhist monks to learn how to live in accordance with the Dhammavinaya (the name the Buddha gave his "religion") as enshrined in the original scriptures.
2) BMS Dhammavijaya Meditation & Retreat Centre in Dengkil, Selangor, Malaysia
Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia - Dhammavijaya Meditation & Retreat Centre
Dengkil, Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia.
World / Malaysia / Selangor / Kajang-Sungai_Chua
Coordinates: 2°53'32"N 101°44'35"E
3) Malaysia Vipassana Meditation Society - Dhamma Malaya in Gambang, Pahang, Malaysia
Dhamma Malaya is near the east coast of Malaysia on 20 acres of land, on a small
breezy rise surrounded by a plantation. It is about 3 hours from the national capital
Kuala Lumpur, near a major road junction and just 15 minutes from Kuantan airport.
It is near (Opposite University Malaysia Pahang) Gambang Plantation, Lebuhraya MEC,
Gambang, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia.
Johor Saleng Eco Village
This hired course site is surrounded by tropical gardens, a vegetable farm and green fields. It is
used regularly for up to 40 students. The main lodge of the farm property is used for female students and has several shared dorms. Another building is used for male students. The main hall is air-conditioned.
4) Vivekavana Buddhist Society 静 修 园 佛 教 会 in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia
Vivekavana Buddhist Society is a Theravāda monastery located up the Bukit Berapit hill with nice surroundings and facilities. The society welcomes sincere Buddhists to go there for retreat.
5) Buddhist Hermitage Lunas 有关鲁乃佛教修行林 in Kedah, Malaysia
The objective of Buddhist Hermitage Lunas is to propagate Dhamma.
6) Malaysian Buddhist Meditation Centre in Penang, Malaysia
Intensive retreats as well as part time meditation classes are held throughout out the
year. The present meditation teacher is Sayadaw U Pannathami.
7) Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhism Information Centre Malaysia 法鼓山马来西亚护法会 in Selangor
Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhism is a branch of Dharma Drum Buddhism in Taiwan with the aim to propagate
Dhamma mainly in Chinese.
8) Bhaddekaratta Hermitage / 一 夜 贤 者 禅 院 in Johor
Bhaddekaratta Hermitage was established in 1999 by Venerable Vajiradhamma. It is
located at Batu Pahat in the state of Johor in West Malaysia, about 3 hrs from KLIA
airport and 2 hrs from Singapore by car. The Hermitage is surrounded by a lush forest
reserve and oil palm plantation, providing a tranquil and conducive environment for
9) Buddhist Maha Vihara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Buddhist Maha Vihara was founded by the Sinhalese community based in Kuala
Lumpur and the surrounding areas in 1894 to provide a place of worship in their Sri
Lankan Theravada tradition.
10) Daen Maha Mongkol Meditation Centre in Thailand
Women may stay within the main compound; there are rooms for men outside. Because
of the strict adherence to calmn, you cannot phone or email the centre to make a booking.
However, unless you turn up on a public holiday, free rooms will be available (donations
are welcomed). Day visitors can drop in from 8am to 11am and 1pm to 5pm – everyone
here wears white and appropriate clothes can be hired to the left of the entrance. The
impressive stupa at the top of the nearby hill can be climbed in 30 minutes, but is only
open at weekends and on holy days. The centre is off Hwy 323, 12 km from the Tiger
Temple, and is well signposted. By train, get off at Maha Mongkol station.
11) Forest Sangha in Thailand
International Monasteries in the Buddhist Tradition of Ajahn Chah.
12) Pa-Auk Forest Monastery in Myanmar
Pa-Auk Forest Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in the Theravāda tradition, with
emphasis on the teaching and practice of both Samatha and Vipassana meditation.
Situated in a forest along the Taung Nyo Mountain range in Mon State, Myanmar, the
monastery provides a conducive setting for the practice of long-term,
intensive meditation. Presently, there are over 100 foreign meditators, originating from
over 20 countries, residing in the monastery.
Anyone can come and reside in Pa Auk Monastery, and meditate as long as he wants!
• Mindfulness-of-Breathing (ānāpānassati) - to develop absorption concentration (the
• Most of the 40 Samatha subjects taught by The Buddha - including loving-kindness
(mettā) meditation, the thirty-two parts of the body, the ten kasiṇas and the four
• Four-Elements Meditation - to analyze ultimate materiality and ultimate mentality
• Dependent Origination - to discern past, present and future lives by analyzing their
causes and conditions
• Vipassanā Meditation - to discern the five aggregates (materiality and mentality) as
impermanent, subject to suffering and without a self
13) Tusita Hermitage 兜率天修行林 in Kuching, Malaysia
Tusita Hermitage is a Buddhist meditation centre in Kuching, Malaysia.
Tusita Penang in Malaysia
Tusita Melacca in Malaysia
14) Dhamma Earth in Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia
The mission of Dhamma Earth is to nurture a Dhamma Propagation ecosystem that enables
Dhamma Growth and Exploration for the alleviation, prevention and cessation of suffering, for the
welfare and happiness of all beings.
15) Pa Auk Meditation Center in Singapore
PAMC serves to promote the learning and practice of Samatha and Vipassana meditation, based on the teachings of Lord Gotama
Buddha, as taught by the Sayadaw at Pa-Auk.
16) Wat Pa Tam Wua Forest Monastery in Thailand
Wat Pa Tham Wua near Mae Hong Son is a forest monastery located 35km from Mae Hong Son on route to Pai.
17) Meditation retreats and temples across Thailand
Across Thailand are countless meditation retreats and Buddhist temples where meditation can be
practiced. Below is a short list
of a few of them and their websites.
Wat Tham Wua in Mae Hong Son (website)
Wat Khao Tham on Koh Pha Ngan island (website)
Wat Suan Mokkh in Surat Thani (website)
Wat Thaton temple in Chiang Mai
18) Nandaka Vihara 法 悦 林 in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia
Nandaka Vihara is a Buddhist meditation monastery situated in Bukit Mertajam, Penang. It is near
the Cherok Tokun Forest
Recreational Park. Activities conducted here are meditation, Dhamma talks, chanting class etc.and a sunday dhamma
19) DhammaJata Vihara 法 錦 精 舍 in Prai, Penang
DhammaJata Vihara is situated at 32A, Jalan Persiaran Jawi 3, Bukit Jawi, Seberang Prai Selatan,
21) Dhammajata Aranya in Penang, Malaysia 法锦禅苑
Daily Activities of Dhammajata Aranya at Sungai Jawi Penang are dāna, observing Precepts, meditation and dhamma sharing.
22) Brahma Vihari Meditation Centre in Muar, Malaysia 麻坡大悲林
Brahma Vihari Meditation Centre located in Muar, Malaysia, was established in August 2015
by a group of Buddhists who appreciate deeply the teachings of the Buddha and aspire to
support each other in the learning and practice of the Buddha’s teachings, especially in the
area of meditation.
The society has been highly blessed with the strong support and close guidance from
Sayalay Dipankara, an outstanding disciple of a great and highly respected meditation
master, Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadaw of Myanmar.
From the linage of Sakyamuni Buddha, Sayalay teaches both Samatha (Concentration) and
Vipassana (Insight) Meditation in a step-by-step manner. The objects of meditation
commonly given to beginners are Anapanasati (Mindfulness of Breathing) or the Four
Elements. The yogis will then be guided through the stages of purification and insight-
knowledges. It is indeed a very precious and profound practice.
23) Cakkavala Meditation Centre, Singapore
Cakkavala Meditation Centre was established in August 2000 by a group of Buddhists who
appreciate deeply the teachings of the Buddha and aspire to support each other in the learning
and practice of the Buddha’s teachings, especially in the area of meditation.
The society has been highly blessed with the strong support and close guidance from Sayalay
Dipankara, an outstanding disciple of a great and highly respected meditation master, Ven. Pa-
Auk Sayadaw of Myanmar.
From the linage of Sakyamuni Buddha, Sayalay teaches both Samatha (Concentration) and
Vipassana (Insight) Meditation in a step-by-step manner. The objects of meditation commonly
given to beginners are Anapanasati (Mindfulness of Breathing) or the Four Elements. The yogis
will then be guided through the stages of purification and insight-knowledges. It is indeed a very
precious and profound practice.
Cakkavala Meditation Centre, Singapore centre under close guidance from Sayalay Dipankara, a
disciple of Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadaw of Myanmar.
24) Fa Yu 法雨道場 Dhammavassarama, Taiwan
25) 靜樂禪林, Pa Auk Taiwanipa, Taiwan