We founded the Phuket Meditation Center or Dharana Meditation Retreat in Phuket in the year 2009. We have been offering Meditation Retreats since 2010 continually improving them based on suggestions and loving reviews from our many guests. Our slogan "Lifechanging" is coming from the feedback we have received so many times - it's not our own invention. Over the time our programs have shown to be life changing in so many ways for so many people. It is impossible to see life with the same eyes once you have done a retreat with us. We are based in the "Land of smiles" for a good reason. Thailand is a Buddhist country and people are very open-minded when it comes to the subject of meditation. During our daily excursions you will quickly see that it is an ideal surrounding for spiritual seekers from all over the world. That's why we are here in amazing Thailand.
The meaning of "Dharana"
Dharana (from Sanskrit धारणा dhāraṇā) means "single focus" or "concentration". The verbal root is "dhri" which means to hold, to carry or to resolve. We chose this name for our center because it is our single focus to help increasing wellbeing and peace within this world using a simple, practical and single pointed approach based on the ancient wisdom of Buddhist philosophy. The Buddha mentioned that he teaches just two things - suffering and the end of suffering. That's our single pointed focus - the end of suffering within an individuals heart. We meet that with authentic teachings and personalized guidance.
Our Logo explained
Seeing our logo we are often reminded of the cyclic nature of our existence. Constantly being in a state of lack caused by craving for this or that we seem trapped in an endless chase of "the next nice thing". That way we never see that the present moment is life itself. This mindfulness of life is the red dot at the center. Once we are able to connect to the present moment with deep understanding, we end the cyclic nature of our existence by finding deep peace within. You can see that the red dot leads to a way out - the pointy end at the top of the logo. Simply put: Awareness or knowing leads to the end of dissatisfaction.
What do we offer?
The Heart and the Brain
Parn Sakda has been studying and practicing Meditation herself since she was going to school. She seriously started practicing Buddhist Meditation Techniques since 2009 and steadily proceeds on her path. She is the Manager of the Phuket Meditation Center and responsible for the weelbeing of our guests and the smooth functioning of our events. She is mostly in the background but without her nothing would function at all. Tobi and Parn are the heart and brain of the Dharana Meditation center. Parn is the heart - she provides you with warmth, kindness and genuinely takes care of every guest with lots of love. And of course, the heart provides the brain with necessary bloodflow, so let's have a look at the brain of our events.
Tobi Warzinek's first contact with serious Meditation practice was when he entered the Center for Higher Tibetan Studies in Switzerland. This is a Tibetan Buddhist monastic Center founded by Ven. Geshe Rabten and currently led by his chief disciple Ven. Gonsar Rinpoche. There he stayed as a so-called lay student (Upasaka) from May 2002 until February 2009. He mainly studied the Tibetan language, ritualistic and discipline, philosophy and monastic debate as well as Buddhist theory and practice. He also absolved several meditation retreats under the guidance of some of the greatest contemporary meditation teachers during this time. Tobi moved to Phuket/Thailand in February 2009 and founded the Phuket Meditation Center together Parn Sakda in August 2009. Since that time he studied Thai Teravada Buddhism particularly in the Forest Tradition following the teachings from masters such as Ven. Ajahn Mun, Ven. Ajahn Maha Boowa and Ven. Ajahn Chah. He met his Teacher in Phuket and studies with him since November 2011 under the guidance of Luang Por Jumnian Silasettho.
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