January 11, 2010 Filed under: wat tam doi tohn — admin

Doi Tohn Pagoda

This is the highest spot of the mountain range. The space around the pagoda is used for meditation during summer and the cool season. Nearby, there is a small house for keeping mats, cushions, incense and candles. Toilets are also situated nearby.

The Dhamma Court

It is a large paved area partly surrounded by a high cliff. It is a kind of natural Vihara (meditation hall). There is one huge tree, whose circumference is so large that seven people can join arms around it while standing at its base. At the foot of the tree is a Buddha statue delivering the First Sermon. This multi-purpose area can be used for communal activities and is often used by meditators for walking and sitting meditation.

The Bodhi Tree

Ven. Phra Sudhammayana Thera from Sri Chom Thong temple kindly presented a young shoot from the Bodhi tree at Anuratha Pura city in Sri Lanka, and Ven. Sajja Sunyato planted it in Doi Tohn’s garden. Every year during the week of Visaka (the full moon of the sixth lunar month), its copper red young leaves all come into bud and the whole tree turns a brilliant red for a week or more. The area beneath the tree is a favorite spot for meditators who come to sit and absorb the peaceful vibrations at least once a day.

Doi Tohn Cave

This is an open cave. Sunlight streams in during the day, eliminating the need for electricity. Currents of cool air from the inner parts of the cave regularly flow to the outer part during the day making it very pleasant for meditation. Talking is not allowed here.

The Sand Cave

lies to the east of the temple and can be accessed by another rather steep track leading from the Doi Tohn Pagoda back to the temple. It is an underground cave and you need torches and candles to get there and to sit there.  It can hold sixty people and projects a very strong energy of stillness. It is therefore excellent for meditators who seek, or have been trained in concentration. There are toilets about thirty meters from the front of the cave.

The Meditation Hall

A large two storied timber building in the modern Lanna style. It is twelve meters wide and twenty four meters long. It was built in 2006 and is now used only for meditation. Therefore, visitors should ask for permission before entering.

The Kitchen

Tables for Dhamma workers are available here so they can help with the preparation and cooking of food for the monks and visiting meditators.

The Eating Hall

The ground floor of the male accommodation area is used as a dining hall. There are two long tables. The one facing north is for males while the one facing south is for female practitioners.

Male accommodation

On the first floor of the dining hall there are seven small attic type rooms for male practitioners.

Female accommodations

  • ‘Sirimahamaya’ building with clay walls and 24 rooms (8 sq.m. each).
  • 4 brick cottages with 16 sq.m. living area and a bathroom each.
  • 2 wooden cottages with 12 sq.m. living area and a bathroom each.
    (These six cottages are situated behind the meditation hall.)
  • 3 small log cabins situated behind the cookhouse with 8 sq.m. living area each without a bathroom


Beside the pond in front of the temple office, there is two rows of restroom for visitors, one for female and one for male, each row is comprised of four toilets and one bathroom.

Restrooms for female practitioners.

There is a row of three toilets and bathrooms behind the meditation hall. Behind the kitchen there are two rows of toilets and bathrooms. All together, there are ten rooms available.

Restroom for male practitioners.

At the eastern side of the meditation hall, there is a cluster of three toilet/bathrooms. Behind the clay house, there is a cluster of four toilet/bathrooms.



Mats, blankets and pillows are provided, although it is better in many ways if the practitioners bring their own sleeping bags and tents. Sleeping in tents allows the meditators to absorb the Earth’s energy as they sleep.


Vegetarian food is provided here. Meat of any kind is not allowed to be taken into or cooked at the center. Practitioners are not allowed to cook here as we have expert chefs who prepare delicious and nourishing meals every day.

Dhamma workers

Former students can volunteer to help novice meditators and provide translation services during the course.


During the cool season, the lowest temperature is around 6 degree celsius. In the rainy season it is 18 degrees. In summer the lowest temperature is 22 degrees. Appropriate clothes and bedding should be brought.

Necessary items to bring

Flashlight, drinking water, personal medication.