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About

My name is Tomas Piskacek ("Khema" after my former monk name). I was born and I am currently based in Prague, Czech Republic.
I developed a deep interest in Buddhism and meditation in 2003. Since then, I have attended numerous meditation retreats, most of them with Venerable Sujiva (Burmese Mahāsi Sayadaw tradition) as a teacher, but also with Sayadaw U Tejaniya (Burmese Shwe Oo Min tradition), Venerable Pemasiri Thera from Sri Lanka, and others.
At the end of 2018, I went to Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), a Theravāda forest monastery in Malaysia, to become a monk ("bhikkhu"; with a monk name “Khemadhammika”) and practice early Buddhism under the guidance of Venerable Ariyadhammika. Besides Malaysia, I have experience with meditation from monasteries in Myanmar (Pa-Auk, Mawlamyine), Sri Lanka (Nā Uyana Aranya Senāsanaya), and Singapore (Thai Temple Palelai).

I returned to Europe in March 2020, and now I gladly share my experience with those interested in Buddha's teaching or meditation.

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 Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary, Malaysia, 2019 

Teaching

I offer advice and guidance in Dhamma (Buddha's teaching) and meditation (samatha, vipassanā; mindfulness, jhānas) practice from the perspective of early Buddhism. You are welcome to explore the interactive Dhamma Guide that I have put together. A concise book on the Noble Eightfold Path - the core of the Buddha's teaching - is available for free download in the eBook section, and the source for the basic meditation - mindfulness of breathing - can be found in the Meditation section.
It is possible to discuss either Dhamma, or meditation, or both; in person or online. After mutual agreement, it is also possible to undertake a guided individual meditation retreat with me at the SBS Retreat Centre.

You do not need to be a Buddhist to practice meditation. Everyone is welcome - Buddhists and non-Buddhists, from any location, from complete beginners, who just want to try meditation out, to advanced practitioners, who wish to spend weeks meditating in a forest.
As I believe that the Buddha's teaching shall not be for sale, I do not charge for teaching Dhamma and meditation. All discussions and meditation instructions are thus for free.
However, I do accept voluntary donations to cover my living and travel costs. If you wish to make such a contribution, you may do so on the "Donate" page. Every single donation is greatly appreciated!

 
 

Contact

We can meet either in person in Prague, Czech Republic, or have a video call (via Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, or Viber), both possible 7 days a week from 8 am to 10 pm CET.
If you wish to schedule a video call, personal meeting, or meditation retreat, please go to "Book online." If you have any other requests, questions, or feedback, feel free to leave me a message below (text, video, or audio) or email me at info@khema.org.

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 Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary, Malaysia, 2019 

“Among my students, Khema turned out to be a quick learner - not just in Dhamma theory, but also in the practice of meditation. He has acquired a comprehensive understanding of the Dhamma and can transmit it clearly and lucidly. Due to his likeable personality and dedication towards the practice, I feel that he will be a good spiritual companion to anyone seeking him out."

Venerable Ariyadhammika Bhikkhu

 

 I recommend this book as a brief introduction to the Dhamma - the Buddha's teaching: 

 

As the main source for the meditation practice, I use the discourses of the Buddha from the Sutta Pitaka. The basic meditation comes from the discourse on mindfulness of breathing (Ānāpānasati Sutta, Majjhima Nikāya 118):

"And how, bhikkhus [monks], is mindfulness of breathing developed and cultivated, so that it is of great fruit and great benefit?

Here a bhikkhu, gone to the forest or to the root of a tree or to an empty hut, sits down; having folded his legs crosswise, set his body erect, and established mindfulness in front of him, ever mindful he breathes in, mindful he breathes out.

Breathing in long, he understands: ‘I breathe in long’; or breathing out long, he understands: ‘I breathe out long.’ Breathing in short, he understands: ‘I breathe in short’; or breathing out short, he understands: ‘I breathe out short.’ He trains thus: ‘I shall breathe in experiencing the whole body’; he trains thus: ‘I shall breathe out experiencing the whole body.’ He trains thus: ‘I shall breathe in tranquillising the bodily formation’; he trains thus: ‘I shall breathe out tranquillising the bodily formation.’"

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