Dipabhāvan is located on the hillside slope of the high mountain in the southeast of Koh Samui. When you look around from there, you can see beautiful sea views, coconut trees and high mountains covered by green forest. All of those are the conditions supporting the meditator to progress in meditation. The name “Dipabhāvan” means the Development of Light Hermitage. The “Light” is the light of Dhamma. The Dhamma (Pali language) or Dharma (Sanskrit language), the teaching of the Buddha, is the refuge of the troubled mind, is the island in the ocean of human difficulties.
The waves in the picture to the left symbolize the ocean or the cycle of birth, death and misery. The Sun is representative of wisdom. The Island represents salvation. The twelve chains stand for the law of phenomenal Cause and Effect which stand for the causes of misery and ways to end misery.
Dipabhāvan was established in 2005 for use by both Thai and foreigners. Since then many people from various countries have joined the retreat. They have found something different and more profound than they have ever known. Dipabhāvan welcomes everyone who would like to fulfill their life by benefiting from Dhamma practice. The retreat is open for people from all walks of life, races, sexes, faiths and beliefs without prejudice or discrimination.
Venerable Tan Ajahn Poh, the abbot of Wat Suan Mokkh, is the founder and spiritual head of Dipabhāvan. The teachings at Dipabhāvan is close to the teachings at the Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage.
Dipabhavan Meditation Centre
Location: 438/123 Moo 1, Koh Samui District, Surat Thani 84310 Thailand