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Dates are Saturday 5 pm Dec 7 to noon Friday Dec 13, 2019. Location is Wongsanit Ashram about 50 km north and east of Don Mueang Airport on the Ongkarok Road (see tinyurl.com/wongsanit). This will be an 8 precept, silent retreat in English only suitable for beginners and experienced yogis alike. A variety of (fan only) double, triple and dormitory accommodation is available separated by sex. Daily cost to cover your food (vegetarian), accommodation, Ajahn’s travel and accommodation, manager’s expenses, etc, is estimated to be about THB 700 per person or about THB 4,200 for the retreat (based on shared double). (For dormitory occupants: est. THB 600/ day or total THB 3,600). Travel from Bangkok (BTS Aree) can be arranged by hired van on a cost shared basis. More about this later. You are invited to immediately reserve your place by emailing Mike at wongsanit2019@gmail,com. First come, first served attendance will be limited to 50 persons. There will be a waiting list after that, and you will be informed of your queue number by return email if you are not in the first 50. Registration (requiring a deposit of THB 1,500) will begin about Nov 1, 2019 when confirmed prices / full details/ schedule / what to bring etc. will be given and your confirmation and personal details will be sought. Ajahn uses the body as the primary teaching tool. His careful and precise language and skill with metaphor are unparalleled. You can find Ajahn’s bio on wiki. He has a vast archive of dhamma talks (more than 1,500) here: https://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/9/ Ajahn is in high demand throughout the world. This low cost and high value Bangkok retreat will be sure to attract yogis from abroad as well. Please mention MeetUp in your mail. Thanks. Also posted here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bangkokvipassanaretreat/
You are invited to immediately indicate your interest to attend this event. VENERABLE AJAHN VAJIRO was born in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in 1953. He studied in England and obtained a degree in Economics in 1974. In 1977, he met Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho when they arrived at the Hampstead Vihara in London. He joined the community in early 1978 and in 1979 just after LP Chah’s second visit to the West and just after the start of Chithurst Monastery, he left for Thailand to start his monastic training. He received Upasampada (higher ordination) at Wat Nong Pah Pong in June 1980. Ajahn Vajiro returned to England in 1984 and was asked to help with the opening of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. From 1985 he lived at Harnham Buddhist Monastery in northern England, moving south to Chithurst Forest Monastery in 1986. Seven years later in 1993 he moved to lead the Bodhinyanarama community in Wellington, New Zealand staying until 1998. Following this he entered a three year retreat in the hermitage Sanghaloka near Melbourne, Australia before returning to Amaravati in 2001 at the invitation of Luang Por Sumedho. While in Amaravati, Ajahn Sumedho asked him to advise a lay group in Portugal that had expressed interest to begin a monastery there. In 2010, this led to a formal invitation to establish a Forest Tradition monastery in Portugal and the result is now Sumedharama Buddhist Monastery near Lisbon Portugal, where Ajahn has lived since July 2012. The monastic community in Portugal is usually about six bhikkhus, three of whom are Portuguese. Ajahn’s kind offer gives us an opportunity to take advantage of his 39 years ordained experience with Ajahn Chah’s teachings across several cultures. For further information about Ajahn, please see: https://forestsangha.org/teachings/audio/speakers/ajahn-vajiro Come and participate in a dhamma weekend that will help beginners start and experienced practioners deepen their practice. Daily retreat times (arrival/ departure): Saturday 07:30 until 20:30; Sunday 07:30 until 19:30. A single vegetarian meal will be available at 10:30 each day. Formal registration and payment of the (estimated) THB 500 cost will begin November 4 when the confirmed prices and full details/ schedule / location map/ what to bring etc will be given. Please email [masked] NOW to place your name on the list. Room size of 50 limits attendance. A waiting list will be used for excess applicants.