• 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)

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  • 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 Please note there may be changes to Venerable Pandit’s schedule __________________________ 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)

  • 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 Please note there may be changes to Venerable Pandit’s schedule __________________________ 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)

  • The Edge of Perception: dhamma talk/meditation

    มูลนิธิบ้านอารีย์ (Baan Aree Foundation)

    ______|||______ DHAMMA TALK and meditation in English with Pandit Bhikkhu, British born Buddhist Monk in Bangkok. Hosted at Baan Aree Foundation, 5 mins walk from BTS Ari Station. ¯¯¯¯¯¯|||¯¯¯¯¯¯ 6:00pm gather (coffee shop on site) 6:25 meditation 7:45 dhamma talk, Q&A 8:00 finish (promptly) We’re glad to be back at Baan Aree Library, where our group began 12 years ago. It is a great venue. ____________________________ -Topic- According to the Buddha, meditation is an alive experience that is not something you can see, hear, smell, taste, touch, or imagine. So What Is It? Creep around the edge of perception to find it. -Speaker- Pandit Bhikkhu ordained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand in 1996, after a some years doing retreats and monastery stays in UK, NZ, and other countries. In 2001 he moved to Bangkok to do a degree in psychology, and started the Little Bangkok Sangha with a few friends in 2007, at Baan Aree. -Venue- Baan Aree is a delightful Dhamma oasis close to the Ari BTS Station. There is a library, Dhamma Hall, ponds, coffee shop and more. If you are in Bangkok you should definitely acquaint yourself with this niche. The Library itself is open daily from 9 am – 7 pm and has a few books in English, including much of the Tripitaka (Scriptures). Baan Aree has regular Dhamma meetings in Thai which are listed at their Thai website: http://baanaree.net/ . Baan Aree is directly on the Skytrain line. Go to Ari BTS station and walk back towards the victory monument about 20 meters and you should see the passage way to Baan Aree Library on the right hand side. Baan Aree car park is accessible from the rear (Soi Ari 1) where you see the sign for ‘ BANANA FAMILY PARK ‘. Bus routes 8, 28, 29, 38, 54, 63, 74, 77, 108, 157, 177, 502, 503, 509, and 510 all pass by. Get out at Ari BTS Station. -Map- __________________________ 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)

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  • Monday Night Meditation

    Rojana Dhamma Center, Asoke

    Join us for our regular Monday night meditation in Asok 6.30pm to 8.00pm. 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 from 6.30pm 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. 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 Schedule Monday 1st April: Robin Moore Monday 8th April: Andy Lowe Monday 15th April: NO MEDITATION – Centre closed for Songkran Monday 22nd April: Mary Pipes Monday 29th April: Andy Lowe Please note there may be changes to Venerable Pandit’s schedule Our Teachers 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 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’ A few tips: 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

    Join us for our regular Monday night meditation in Asok 6.30pm to 8.00pm. 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 from 6.30pm 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. 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 Schedule Monday 1st April: Robin Moore Monday 8th April: Andy Lowe Monday 15th April: NO MEDITATION – Centre closed for Songkran Monday 22nd April: Mary Pipes Monday 29th April: Andy Lowe Please note there may be changes to Venerable Pandit’s schedule Our Teachers 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 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’ A few tips: 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

    Join us for our regular Monday night meditation in Asok 6.30pm to 8.00pm. 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 from 6.30pm 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. 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 Schedule Monday 1st April: Robin Moore Monday 8th April: Andy Lowe Monday 15th April: NO MEDITATION – Centre closed for Songkran Monday 22nd April: Mary Pipes Monday 29th April: Andy Lowe Please note there may be changes to Venerable Pandit’s schedule Our Teachers 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 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’ A few tips: 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

    Join us for our regular Monday night meditation in Asok 6.30pm to 8.00pm. 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 from 6.30pm 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. 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 Schedule Monday 1st April: Robin Moore Monday 8th April: Andy Lowe Monday 15th April: NO MEDITATION – Centre closed for Songkran Monday 22nd April: Mary Pipes Monday 29th April: Andy Lowe Please note there may be changes to Venerable Pandit’s schedule Our Teachers 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 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’ A few tips: 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]

  • Meditate with a Monk, Mondays

    Rojana Dhamma Center, Asoke

    ⇓ While you’re in Thailand… MEDITATE WITH A MONK in the BIG SPACE at Rojana Center, Sukhumvit 23 Mondays, 6:45 - 8:15pm _______________________________ Join dozens of other meditators and yogis in our new weekly 'Meditate with a Monk' program at our bigger center. You have seen monks around in Thailand, and probably on the news - now is the chance to meditate with one yourself. This is free style meditation – however you prefer to meditate, and whichever tradition you have experienced before, you are welcome to use your own preferred system. If you are a beginner, you are welcome to join - some brief instructions will be given to get you started. There is no charge, and no set method - you are welcome to practice in your own fashion. Some meditation tips are suggested for 10 minutes at the start of each session. _______________________________ Meditation is not so easy – there are always countless distractions to waylay you. And even if you do sit, there are countless thoughts and worries that will claim your attention. Take the long view – like anything good, it takes lots of practice and patience. Coming out once a week to sit with others is a really strong tool for strengthening resolve and making a statement to yourself that this monkey mind is something that can be refined. There is no charge, and no need to reserve a place. There's no dress code. We have sitting mats and cushions galore for you. So come, meditate with a monk, Mondays. • 6:45 pm Meet at the spacious Rojana Center, Suk. 23 • 7:00 basic meditation instructions • 7:45 group meditation • 8:00 finish ____________________________________________ What's a monk? Sessions are led by British born Pandit Bhikkhu, ordained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand since 1996. He’s the organiser behind the little Bangkok Sangha activities in Bangkok. Buddhist monks in Thailand fulfil a number of roles - administrators, social workers, teachers of Pali language, Buddhist philosophy, and meditation. Different temples emphasise different roles. There's a much broader spectrum of roles than you would expect. In Thailand virtually all Buddhism is under the 'Theravada' style, which is the closest to the hostorical Buddha as one can get. ________________________________________________ ◊ Getting there: Please follow our 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 four way intersection. Turn right, and then turn right again at the end of the road. Or just ask the motorcycles inside Sukhumvit 23 for 'Rojana'– they know the way. (if you can't see the map above, click : ) A few tips: • Don’t ask locals or taxi drivers the way – they will probably not know the Rojana Centre, and will send you somewhere else instead. •Taxis do all know Sukhumvit 23, so go there and find your own way. • Follow our own map – plenty of landmarks are shown and it it extremely precise! • In Thai the centre is known as Rojanatam • Quite a few other foreigners will be heading there at the same time. Here is the Google Map link, if you prefer this method (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zHWXMOeg9e70.k8OWvyUN6lSo&usp=sharing) Here are the GPS coordinates if you prefer :[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)

  • Zen Poets of Wisdom, Love and Passion: Leonard Cohen and Ikkyu Sojun

    Bangkok Shambhala Meditation Center

    Zen Poets of Wisdom, Love and Passion: Leonard Cohen and Ikkyu Sojun A discussion of religious dogmatism, sexuality, and Zen spirituality on Sunday March 24th 2019 Joe Shakarchi and Reggie Pawle, co-leaders 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm @ Shambhala Center, Asoke. Please arrive by 1:30 Overview: Sunday 24th March, 2019 Part of the tradition of Zen is practitioners who live the Buddhist dharma free of religious dogmatism and egoic self-possession. Their behavior can be at times outrageous, unconventional, and/or very sensual. Rather than being serious and austere they enjoy life. They can be very critical of any Buddhist monks whom they see as using Buddhism for their own self-interest. These practitioners sometimes write regarding Zen philosophy, their own poetic inspiration, satires of Buddhist institutions, and sensual relations. Very rarely, though, have Zen poets written openly about their love affairs, along with their experiences and thoughts about Zen. Two great poets who have done so are Leonard Cohen and Ikkyu Sojun. Cohen is more famous as the writer of songs like “Hallelujah” and “Suzanne.” Many people do not realize that he spent several years as a Zen monk at Mount Baldy Zen Center in California, USA. Many of his poems are about this experience, and how he combined it with his life of passion. (Google “Leonard Cohen poems”). Ikkyu was a Japanese Zen master of the 15th century, now still well known for his poetry and his eccentric teachings. He scandalously celebrated his love affairs in verse. (Google “Ikkyu poems”). Cartoons about his boyhood, which celebrate his sharp intelligence, are popular in Japan and Thailand (Search on YouTube). In our meeting, we will read and discuss poems by both authors, and what they have to say about the relationship between Zen wisdom, religious dogmatism, love, and sexual passion. There will also be a short meditation period. 1:10pm – 1:30pm: Gather at Shambhala Center (see map below) 1:30pm: Welcome and Zen meditation 1:50pm: Discussion of the poetry of Leonard Cohen 2:35pm: Break – chat time 2:45pm: Discussion of the poetry of Ikkyu Sojun 3:30pm: Ends This event is free of charge, however, in line with welcoming and supporting Zen Club programs we do ask for dana (donations) to help with the expenses of the event. It is in English only. There should be plenty of room. However, there is a 15 person limit, so if you want to ensure a seat and are certain you will attend, please send a reservation request to Reggie Pawle at [masked]. About Joe Shakarchi: Joe Shakarchi has been studying Buddhism since 1979, and was a student of Paul Haller and Norman Fischer at San Francisco Zen Center, where he also produced poetry and music events. He did PhD work on the influence of Buddhism on American poetry. Joe taught writing and literature at several schools, including San Francisco State University, while also publishing poetry and essays. His poetry and poetry/music CD and videos can be found on www.joeshakarchi.com. Joe has been living in Bangkok for six years, writing poetry, studying Theravada, and helping to spread the seeds of Zen. About Reggie Pawle: Reggie Pawle PhD, has been a Zen Buddhist practitioner since 1974. He has studied with Joshu Sasaki (Rinzai school) in the U.S. and with Sekkei Harada (Soto school) in Japan. He also sat with Buddhadasa Bhikkhu in 1989. He has a PhD in Buddhist causality, attachment and no-self. Reggie works as a psychotherapist, integrating Buddhism and Western psychology. Since 1999 he has been based in Japan. He lived for three years in Bangkok (2015 to 2018), teaching psychology and studying Buddhism. He has now moved back to his Zen roots in Japan and comes to Bangkok for meetings and study. His blog is at: https://reggiepawle.wordpress.com bangkok.shambhala.info

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