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 Phra Pandit, the British monk who created the Little Bangkok Sangha, 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.
As is usual with Buddhist teachings there is no charge for this event. The Little Bangkok Sangha does, however, follow the Buddhist custom of Dana. Dana is a Pali word which translates as generosity. The teachings are offered as an act of generosity and those receiving them can, if they wish, reciprocate by making donations. These go towards the teacher's costs, which include food, travel and medical expenses. A box for Dana will be provided.
· 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
Monday 1st July: Phra Pandit Bhikkhu
Monday 8th July: Andy Lowe
Monday 15 July: Mary Pipes
Monday 22 July: Phra Pandit Bhikkhu
Monday 29 July: NO MEDITATION - CLOSED FOR THAI HOLIDAY
Phra Pandit Bhikkhu is a British Buddhist monk who has been living in Thailand for 22 years. He chose Thailand as his place of ordination in 1996 after studying Buddhism and non-dual spirituality in various parts of the world for a number of years. He is the founder and principal teacher of the Little Bangkok Sangha which, for a long time, was the only sangha offering Dhamma in English in Bangkok. He is also a psychologist and University lecturer. Phra Pandit Bhikkhu has a reputation for being a very engaging speaker who effortlessly makes links between the Buddha’s wisdom teachings and contemporary understandings of consciousness.
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.
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 engaged in 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.
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.
· 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
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