Wat Luang Phor Sodh

Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram

This temple in Rajburi Province offers teaching in the Vijja Dhammakaya meditation technique, as taught by the late abbot of Wat Pak Nam (affectionately known as Luang Phor Sodh) in Bangkok. Distinctive white temple buildings stand in a landscaped park area.


The abbot, Phra Ajahn Maha Sermchai Jayamanggalo (Thai; age 65), gives instruction in Thai and English during the meditation periods; some other monks can also give instruction in English; tapes and literature are available, too.


Resident monks number 30-35 (35-60 during the Rains) with 25-30 novices, 10-12 nuns, and 10-15 laypeople. Large numbers of laypeople visit on the first Saturday of each month and on major holidays; large retreats take place in April (for youths), May, and December.


Writing in advance is recommended to make sure that the abbot is in residence, as he is the main English-speaking teacher.


Damnoen Saduak District, Rajburi Province 70130.
Tel. / Fax: (032) 254650. (Information provided by temple secretary; the author has not visited here.

The temple is 94 km southwest of Bangkok; from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal, you can take an ordinary bus 78 and ask to be let off at the gate; or take an air-conditioned bus to Damnoen Saduak Bus Terminal, where you can catch a yellow songtaew to the temple.