Chaiya Meditation Monastery
The Dhamma in the Desert Valley
Chaiya Meditation Monastery (CMM) is a distinctive Buddhist monastery located nearby the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada, USA. Setting on approximately 3 acres, the monastery offers an ancient perspective on the practice of Theravada Buddhism in today's world.
The monastery welcomes people from every walk of life, religion, and belief to learns and practicesThe Art of Living and the way to be free from all sufferings, which is the definitive goal as taught by the Lord Buddha.
As the guidance of Vipassana meditation at CMM, Arjann (teacher) Chaiya encourages everyone who comes to Las Vegas visit the Temple to learn more about the Vipassana meditation. Especially, someone sincerely want to study meditation but do not know how and where to go about it. Ajahn Chaiya also gives Dhamma lectures/talks on weekend. The lectures are provided in Thai, Burmese, and English. In addition, special guest speakers are invited each year to share their insight and knowledge of Buddhism. All of the services at the CMM are complimentary services, Everyone is Welcome!!!
Daily Public Meditations
- 9:00 to 10:00 AM (Open to the public)
- 2:00 to 3:00 PM (Self-practice hour)
- 5:00 to 6:00 PM (Open to the public)
NOTES from the Awareness Group:
- Mats are provided, however, it is strongly recommended to bring cushions to sit upon or straddle.
- Vipassana is intended to be a STILL AND SILENT meditation, so please attempt to remain as silent as possible during the meditation phase. Do not bring water bottles into the room as you should not need to break silence or stillness to take a drink. Doing so disturbs the silence for the others.
- The meditations begin ON THE HOUR, so please arrive a few minutes early to get your mat and cushion set up. The monks sit in the front row, the old students sit near/between the giant pillars, and new students should sit towards THE BACK OF THE ROOM.
- The events begin with the monks chanting for 10-15 minutes. They then turn off most of the lights and MEDITATE FOR A FULL HOUR. They will then perform a short closing chanting. Please intend to remain in your position from the beginning of the opening chanting until the end of the closing chanting. It will be obvious when the period is over.
- Arjann (Teacher) Chaiya likes to do a Q&A 15 minutes before and after each meditation, so feel free to come a little early or stay afterward and engage him.
All services are complimentary as monasteries are run by DONATIONS ONLY, known as Dana. If you find you are attending more than once or twice, be sure to learn the relationship between Householders and the Monks who run these monasteries.
Note that meditators are encouraged to continue their practice at all times by practicing sitting or walking meditation during non-instructive hours and personal time.
7925 Virtue Court
Las Vegas, Nevada 89113
map & driving direction
About Venerable Arjann Chaiya
Venerable Chaiya, formally known as U Zeyathuta, was born on Tuesday, March 25, 1947 in the devoted Buddhist family of U Myat and Daw Moon. He is the second son of five children. He originally came from Si Paw Township, Shan State in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
In late 1990, Venerable Chaiya accepted an invitation by the Venerable Panyavaro, a Chief Monk of Wat Buddhabhavana in Las Vegas, Nevada, to travel to the United States for Buddhist missionary work. After Venerable Panyavaro passed away in 1992, Venerable Chaiya served as an Abbot of Wat Buddhabhavana at the request of the Thai community. Venerable Chaiya accepted and taught meditation, Buddhist Philosophy, and Buddhism at Wat Buddhabhavana from 1993 to 1995.
In 1995, Venerable Chaiya discontinued serving as an Abbot of Wat Buddhabhavana so that he could undertake an intensive silent meditation retreat. However, members of the Las Vegas Buddhist community requested that Venerable Chaiya stay in Las Vegas and provided him a place for his silent meditation retreats. After 7 months straight of intensive silent meditation, members of the Las Vegas Buddhist community requested Venerable Chaiya to teach Dharma classes. With the help of his disciples around the world, Venerable Chaiya established Chaiya Meditation Monastery in 1995.
As part of his practice of meditation, Arjahn Chaiya secludes himself for intensive meditation each year during the period referred to as Buddhist Lent. Currently, Arjahn Chaiya has produced a series of cassette tapes and CDs more than 1,000 copies of Dhamma Teachings in the Thai, Burmese, and English languages. The Monastery has been distributing his teaching materials including cassette tapes, CDs, Mp3, DVDs, and books FREE of charge around the world.