Dhammarocksprings Buddhist Meditation Retreat Sanctuary is a branch of Wat Dhammabucha Buddhist Temple in San Antonio. The sanctuary, founded by the most Venerable Luang Por Samarn Saengsri, (pictured below) follows the Theravada Buddhist Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Mun.
Rocksprings is located on eighty-five quiet, wooded acres away from paved roads and cell phone signals, a perfect setting for meditation practice. The Buddha said, “Here are roots of trees, here are empty huts – practice jhana! (meditation). Do not be negligent! Do not regret it later!”
Following the forest monastery tradition in Thailand, meditators reside and practice individually in kutis (small 8’ x 8’ cabins) which are spaced around the hillsides using the sala (central meditation hall) for meals, dhamma study, chanting, and group meditation. The experience of aloneness and detachment (usually only two or three people are in residence ), away from the hustle and bustle of the world, offers a rare opportunity to take his or her meditation practice and spiritual development to new levels.
The sanctuary is directed and maintained by two full-time resident anagarikas; Eddie & Janet Rock. Rocksprings supports visiting meditators by providing food, lodging and, when requested, meditation guidance based on the fundamentals of Theravada Buddhist spiritual practice as originally taught by the Buddha 2,550 years ago.
We provide the opportunity for you to schedule your own time here, whether it is only a quick day visit or a long-term retreat. (SEE ** BELOW). For those staying overnight, taking the Eight Precepts is a requirement. The Eight Precepts are the foundation of Buddhist training, providing for community stability and harmony, and are prerequisites to successful meditation practice.
Please make sure you read the "Visiting" and "Guidelines" tabs thoroughly for important information before planing your visit.
** A two week notice is required before visiting Rocksprings. Also, first time visitors must "Register" by email before visiting and agree to terms. (See the registration tab).