What we're about

Hi - welcome to our Little Bangkok Sangha.

When I came to Bangkok in 2001 there was no dharma in English to be found. The temples are all happy to compete for the tourist dollar, but there was no explanations, no sangha, no friends on the path.

So I started the ball rolling. That was 2007. Now we organize lots of events, and bring people together from all kinds of meditation backgrounds.

There are regular dhamma talks, workshops, discussion events, lunches and sometimes retreats. It depends on visiting teachers schedules.

Since we have no permanent venue of our own (yet) we have few costs. Pretty much everything we do is without cost - except for retreats of course - but even those are as low cost as we can make it.

I hope you can join in. If you are new it takes a while for your face and name to be remembered, but you should find an interesting mix of people. (plus a few real oddballs!)

The full website is at www.littlebang.org - the calendars there feature all events, arranged by us and other groups. Here on Meetup we only feature our own events - that's already a ton of emails that Meetup sends out!!

Hope to meet you.

Pandit Bhikkhu

Upcoming events (5)

Meditate, Mondays (in English)

Rojana Dhamma Center, Asoke

Join us for our regular Monday night meditation Asoke 6.30pm to 8.00pm -it's free of charge, and no need to reserve a spot- __________________________ We are a friendly group of meditators who meet every week. Instruction is given by either a British monk, a former monastic, or by experienced lay teachers. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced meditators. We meet to support and encourage each other in our practice. If you are a beginner some instructions will be given; experienced meditators can develop their own practice. You are welcome to arrive early from 6.00pm onwards so you can get to meet new people, have a cup of tea or coffee and start to let the tensions of the day slip away before you sit at 7pm. You don't need to bring anything - sitting mats or chairs are provided. __________________________ Details Every Monday 6.30 pm Meet at the Rojana Center, Asok (see map below) 7:00 pm Basic meditation instructions 7:20 pm Group meditation 8:00 pm Finish Monday 6th May: Mary Pipes Monday 13th May: Robin Moore Monday 20th May: Robin Moore Monday 27th May: Andy Lowe __________________________ Our Teachers --Pandit Bhikkhu-- Ven. Pandit has been a Buddhist monk in Thailand since 1996, and has been active bringing meditation and dharma to Bangkok since 2007. He has a degree in psychology, and an MA in Buddhist Studies from the Sangha University, Bangkok. When available he'll be leading the meditation for us. --Andy Lowe-- Andy Lowe has been a Buddhist for 38 years since he joined the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu group. Prior to his retirement he led and ran the Glasgow Karma Kagyu Buddhist Centre in Scotland UK for ten years. His main Buddhist teacher is the Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche who is the 17th Karmapa’s main representative in Europe. He has benefitted from instruction in meditation from several of the world’s leading Tibetan Buddhist teachers. Andy is a research methodologist specializing in grounded theory and lives in Bangkok when not travelling to different countries to teach. --Robin Moore-- Robin Moore was a monk in the Thai Forest tradition of Luang Por Chah for 18 years, living in both Thailand and the UK. The latter included four years (2003 to 2007) as abbot of Hartridge Monastery in Devon, UK. He is a translator from Thai into English and his work includes Bhikkhu Payutto’s Buddhadhamma. He lives in Bangkok. --Mary Pipes-- Mary Pipes has been following a Buddhist path for over 20 years. Her principal teachers are Kittisaro and Thanissara, both of whom were monastics with Luang Por Chah. After training with the Karuna Foundation in the UK, she worked as a Buddhist Psychotherapist for many years in the UK and Asia. She is about to start a two and a half year Dharmapala training with Kittisaro and Thanissara. Since living in Bangkok she has helped Phra Pandit organise events for the Little Bangkok Sangha. __________________________ Visiting Teachers During the year, visiting teachers will take some of the Monday nights for us. Keep a look out for announcements on these special events as the starting time may be different from our normal Monday night. Getting there It is an 11 minute walk from Asoke BTS and even closer to Sukhumvit MRT Go down Sukhumvit 23 to the first fourway intersection. Turn right, and then turn right again at the end of the road. Or just ask the motorcycles inside Sukhumvit 23 – they know the way. Tell them ‘Rojana’ In Thai the centre is known as Rojanatam If you can’t see the map above click here: Here is the Google Map if you prefer that method And here are the GPS coordinates:[masked],[masked] ______________________ facebook group is here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/165769306815624/) main website is here (http://www.littlebang.org/) video channel is here (https://www.youtube.com/user/littlebangdotorg/videos)

Monday Night Meditation

Rojana Dhamma Center, Asoke

Monday Night Meditation with the Little Bangkok Sangha in Asok Join a friendly group for meditation every Monday night from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm in Asok. Instruction will be given by either a former monastic or by experienced lay teachers. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced meditators. We meet to support and encourage each other in our practice. If you are a beginner some instructions will be given; experienced meditators can develop their own practice. You are welcome to arrive early so you can get to meet new people, have a cup of tea or coffee and start to let the tensions of the day slip away before you sit. Details Every Monday · 6.30 pm Meet at the Rojana Center (see map below) · 7:00 pm Basic meditation instructions · 7:20 pm Group meditation · 8:00 pm Finish Schedule Monday 3rd June: Robin Moore Monday 10th June: Andy Lowe Monday 17th June: SPECIAL EVENT Zen Priest Gil Alon @ 6pm Monday 24th June: Mary Pipes Robin Moore Robin Moore was a monk in the Thai Forest tradition of Luang Por Chah for 18 years, living in both Thailand and the UK. The latter included four years (2003 to 2007) as abbot of Hartridge Monastery in Devon, UK. He is a translator from Thai into English and his work includes Bhikkhu Payutto’s Buddhadhamma. He lives in Bangkok. Visiting Teachers During the year, visiting teachers will take some of the Monday nights for us. Keep a look out on our Facebook page and Meet Up for announcements on these special events as the starting time may be different from our normal Monday night. Please follow the map. It is VERY precise. It is easy to find: there are only one or two turns depending on which direction you are coming from. It is an 11 minute walk from Asoke BTS and even closer to Sukhumvit MRT Go down Sukhumvit 23 to the first fourway intersection. Turn right, and then turn right again at the end of the road. Or just ask the motorcycles inside Sukhumvit 23 – they know the way. Tell them ‘Rojana’. · Don’t ask locals or taxi drivers the way – they will not know the Rojana Centre, and will send you somewhere else instead. They will all know Sukhumvit 23, so go there and find your own way. · Follow the map – plenty of landmarks are shown and it is extremely precise! · In Thai the centre is known as Rojanatam If you can’t see the map above click here: ) Here is the Google Map if you prefer that method And here are the GPS coordinates:[masked],[masked]

Monday Night Meditation

Rojana Dhamma Center, Asoke

Monday Night Meditation with the Little Bangkok Sangha in Asok Join a friendly group for meditation every Monday night from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm in Asok. Instruction will be given by either a former monastic or by experienced lay teachers. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced meditators. We meet to support and encourage each other in our practice. If you are a beginner some instructions will be given; experienced meditators can develop their own practice. You are welcome to arrive early so you can get to meet new people, have a cup of tea or coffee and start to let the tensions of the day slip away before you sit. Details Every Monday · 6.30 pm Meet at the Rojana Center (see map below) · 7:00 pm Basic meditation instructions · 7:20 pm Group meditation · 8:00 pm Finish Schedule Monday 3rd June: Robin Moore Monday 10th June: Andy Lowe Monday 17th June: SPECIAL EVENT Zen Priest Gil Alon @ 6pm Monday 24th June: Mary Pipes Andy Lowe Andy Lowe has been a Buddhist for 38 years since he joined the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu group. Prior to his retirement he led and ran the Glasgow Karma Kagyu Buddhist Centre in Scotland UK for ten years. His main Buddhist teacher is the Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche who is the 17th Karmapa’s main representative in Europe. He has benefitted from instruction in meditation from several of the world’s leading Tibetan Buddhist teachers. Andy is a research methodologist specializing in grounded theory and lives in Bangkok when not travelling to different countries to teach. Visiting Teachers During the year, visiting teachers will take some of the Monday nights for us. Keep a look out on our Facebook page and Meet Up for announcements on these special events as the starting time may be different from our normal Monday night. Please follow the map. It is VERY precise. It is easy to find: there are only one or two turns depending on which direction you are coming from. It is an 11 minute walk from Asoke BTS and even closer to Sukhumvit MRT Go down Sukhumvit 23 to the first fourway intersection. Turn right, and then turn right again at the end of the road. Or just ask the motorcycles inside Sukhumvit 23 – they know the way. Tell them ‘Rojana’. · Don’t ask locals or taxi drivers the way – they will not know the Rojana Centre, and will send you somewhere else instead. They will all know Sukhumvit 23, so go there and find your own way. · Follow the map – plenty of landmarks are shown and it is extremely precise! · In Thai the centre is known as Rojanatam If you can’t see the map above click here: ) Here is the Google Map if you prefer that method And here are the GPS coordinates:[masked],[masked]

Intro to Zen Buddhism + Importance of Zen riddles and stories

Rojana Dhamma Center, Asoke

Monday 17th June 2019 @ 6pm. SPECIAL EVENT: Introduction to Zen Buddhism and the Importance of Zen riddles and Zen stories, with Zen Priest, Gil Alon Zen Buddhism offers an uncompromising investigation of reality. Its philosophy is aimed at challenging every concept created by the human mind. One of the distinctive ways it does this is through Zen riddles (koans) and Zen stories. To our everyday mind these can appear weird and confusing, when in fact they are a powerful method for awakening and spiritual growth. We are very happy to announce that Zen priest and actor Gil Alon, is returning to Bangkok for a short visit and will be guiding us through the basics of Zen philosophy, its stories, riddles and implications in daily life Overview: Please note we are starting @ 6pm which is 30 minutes earlier than usual. Time: Arrive @ the Rojana Centre from 6pm onwards 6.15 pm Welcome to Gil Alon and Meditation 7.00 pm Dhamma Talk 7.45 pm Q&A 8.00 pm Ends This event is free of charge, however in line with welcoming and supporting monastics we do ask for dana (donations) to support our visiting teacher’s expenses It is in English only There is no need to book in advance, as there is plenty of room, but please come early so that we are all seated by the time Gil Alon arrives. Out of respect for the Theravadan monastic tradition of the Rojana Centre, please don’t wear shorts, short skirts or sleeveless tops. About Gil Alon: Gil is an Israeli Zen master, singer, actor, theater director, teacher and poet. In 2000 he was certified as a Zen Master in Japan. He is the initiated disciple and Dharma heir of Gudo Waffu Nishijima Roshi of the Japanese Soto Sect and Dogen Lineage. Save the World Foundation honoured him as Laureate of the World Peace Ambassador 2015 and he has a lifetime honorary membership at the Asian Academy for Film & Television (AAFT). Gil is a passionate and gifted teacher and the evening promises to be a very rich one. Getting there: Please follow the map above or the one on this LINK to our website. It is VERY precise. It is easy to find: there are only one or two turns depending on which direction you are coming from. It is an 11 minute walk from Asoke BTS and even closer to Sukhumvit MRT Go down Sukhumvit 23 to the first fourway intersection. Turn right, and then turn right again at the end of the road. Or just ask the motorcycles inside Sukhumvit 23 – they know the way. Tell them ‘Rojana’

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Meditate, Mondays (in English)

Rojana Dhamma Center, Asoke

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