Rombodhidharma Temple Stay Information
Who is the teacher at Rombodhidharma?Venerable Master Phosrisuriya Kemarato (popularly called Luang Por)
What is taught at the temple?Luang Por gives talks two times daily – once in the morning before breakfast and once in the evening. Talks
are anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour in length. Luang Por uses simple language to explain profound truths.
His teachings are all in the Thai language. However, English speaking members of the temple community are
always happy to help non Thai speakers.
What is the temple’s address and location?
171/10, Ban Lak 160
Nong Hin district, Loei Province
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How do I get there?
|Dharma Wheel in front of the temple entrance|
If you are driving from Bangkok, use highway #2 (Mittaphap) Northeast toward Nakhon Ratchasima. Turn
left on Hwy. #201 and stay with this Highway all the way to the temple. You will pass through Chaiyaphum
province, then through the Chum Phae district of Khon Kaen province and then you will enter Loei province
through the Phu Kra Deung district. The temple is located on the left approximately 30 Km. from the Phu Kra Deung district.
You can get from anywhere to anywhere in Thailand by Bus, and some of the VIP buses are really quite
comfortable. It is probably easiest to contact a bus company yourself and have them help you with the
connections you will need. There are many possible bus companies. One suggestion is the Transportation
company VIP Bus 999:
Tel: 02-936-2841-48 or 02-936-2852-66 ext. 442, 311
Another possibility is the Meung Loei Air Company:
If you fly in to Bangkok you can get a connecting flight to Loei by Nok air, which operates out of the Don
Mueang airport. Loei Airport is only about 50 minutes by car from the temple.
You can use this link to find the Nok Air booking site:
A complication is that you will probably arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport and will need to get to Don Mueang airport, which is on the other side of Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi airport.
There are direct Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang shuttles available. You can ask at the information counter to
be directed to them. However, if you choose to go by shuttle bus, leave lots of time because travel in Bangkok traffic can be quite unpredictable, especially on a bus.
You can also take a cab. Use a metered cab and expect it to cost around 400 Baht, depending on traffic.
Pick up in Loei can be arranged by the temple.
What should I bring with me?Many people who come for a temple stay prefer to wear white clothing, and so bringing white or light
colored clothes is useful. However, you can wear anything you like, providing it is appropriate for a temple
environment (i.e. Shorts should reach below the knees, no revealing tops, excessive make-up and jewelry is
not encouraged). Slip on shoes and light clothing suitable for very warm weather is appropriate for most of
the year. November through February can sometimes have chilly nights, so a sweater or jacket can be useful
during those months.
Bring your usual toiletries, a small flash light, a towel, and a light sleeping bag and/or a hosteling sheet if you
have one. (Blankets and sheets can be provided by the temple).
It is also helpful to bring a food container with a snap-lock lid so that you can take extra food from the morning meal and eat it later in the day.
Wi-Fi is generally not available at the temple, though you can get data connections through My CAT or True
move if you have a phone that will support it.
What should I plan for food?The morning meal always includes ample quantities of rice and some kind of soup, generally with other dishes
of vegetables or noodles. Vegetarian food is provided as well as food containing meat. The food is usually
simple but good, and generally does not contain food allergens such as wheat, dairy, or nuts. However, if you have serious food allergies, you should plan to provide your own food or ask monks and nuns who stay near you for assistance.
Refrigeration can be a problem, as the temple doesn’t have all day electricity power and there is no refrigerator available. Depending on where you stay, you may be able to arrange for an ice box with ice delivery to keep your food cold. Canned, packaged and dried foods are best to bring with you. You can buy fresh fruit and other food at the market in Nong Hin, a town nearby the temple.
How much does it cost to stay at the temple?There is no charge for a temple stay here. However, if you wish to help support the temple you are welcome to do so in whatever form(s) you choose, including helping with temple work, bringing food or useful items for the monks and nuns, or providing a monetary donation. The amount of the donation, if you choose to make one, is up to you and the amount of support you feel willing and/or able to provide for the monks and nuns.
What does a day at the temple look like?This temple does not teach the practice of meditation and days are not structured beyond the morning
and evening discourses given by Luangpor. Learning the ultimate truth happens through Dharma talks &
conversations, the experience of being at the temple, living the simple lifestyle and letting go of expectations.
A typical day begins around 5:00 AM with the first discourse beginning at around 6:15. A simple breakfast is
served buffet style after the morning discourse. Breakfast is the only meal served and residents are on their
own for further meals through the day. It is helpful to bring a food container with you in order to take extra food for later in the day.
The day is unstructured and does not have any classes or requirements for you to fulfill. It is to be used as a
time to be with yourself, soak in the temple atmosphere, and live for a short time in the style of the monks and
nuns here. Dharma conversation with the Ven. Master and other monks and nuns is open for you throughout
the day if needed.
If you wish to help with voluntary works in the garden, kitchen, or other areas, you are welcome to do so.
The evening gathering generally runs between 6:00 -7:00 PM, though this adjusts as the days lengthen
and shorten through the year. After the gathering you are again free to do whatever you wish until bedtime,
generally around 9:00 PM.
Though there are no set practices at the temple, here are a few words and concepts that may help to give you
an idea of what the temple is about. Please remember, these are just printed words and cannot be the same as
learning from your own experience by listening directly to the teacher.
Pouring water: sending good energy and well wishing to all beings
Ahosi (Forgiveness statement vow)“To forgive someone about what he/she did to you” and “to apologize to someone about anything wrong that's been done” are our normal practices in order to learn how to be at peace and be careful of our behaviours toward others. These actions lead us to the non-existence of the consequences for sins or cancellation of penalties for all sins we created in the past.
At the beginning of most group gatherings and often throughout the day, there are various forms of prayers
for forgiveness given. The purpose of these prayers is to provide a way to release thoughts or feelings that we perceive to be unhelpful. It is also used to clear any bad feelings or conflict that may arise between two or more people.
What we normally say is something like this; “I sincerely perform my apology to everyone supposing that I
have intentionally or unintentionally offended them by words, thoughts, or any actions both in present and past lives I have lived. I beg your forgiveness from the depth of my heart.” And “I would like to forgive those who have done any wrong to me. I am so pleased to extend my virtues and good qualities to all beings and wish all beings peace and happiness.”
Klye (relax or relief)Easement of living helps the mind to become more open as it becomes more relaxed and still, and this
openness allows experience to expand as well. It’s a central idea in the lifestyle here. It doesn’t mean you have to sleep or lay around all the time, but it does mean not to strive or try or push to do things. Relax into whatever you are doing or being…
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