Special Event for Makha Puja: Thrs. March 1st 2018
Dancing with Roses: overcoming aversion, the second hindrance
1:30-4:00pm @ Rojana Center, Asoke
Thursday 1st March – this is a big day in the Buddhist calendar, and a national holiday
Ajahn Tiradhammo is one of the most senior of the Western Buddhist Monks, having ordained in NE Thailand over 40 years ago.
- 1:30-2:00 gather, refreshments
- 2-2:15 traditional Theravada Buddhist chanting
- 2:15-2:45 meditation
- 2:45-3:30 dhamma talk
- 3:30-4:00 Questions
Makha Puja commemorates an event from the time of the Buddha where 2500 enlightened beings spontaneously gathered and the Buddha gave his seminal summary of his teaching:
Refrain from Evil
Practice what is of merit
Purify the mind
This event is free of charge (donations are welcome though)
On this national holiday businesses will be closed, (and the traffic light!)
It is in English only
No need to book in advance, as there is plenty of room (come early for a good seat though)
About the Topic:
DANCING WITH ROSES
Overcoming Aversion: the second of the five hindrances
The five hindrances are a key meditation teaching directly from the Buddha himself. They hinder good concentration, and are a key model for understanding the meditative mind.
Ajahn Tiradhammo put his 40 years expereince into a super book on this topic, released a couple of years ago. You can download it for free in various e-formats via the image to the left.
The second of the hindrances is aversion, compared to water that is whipped up by wind and waves.
We already hosted a talk with Ajahn Tridahammo on the first of the hindrances, sense desire, and it will go on YouTube when it has been edited. Each of the five talks in this series is a standalone topic, so you won’t need to have attended previously to keep up. You can download the whole book right now though (see left). It’s been a few years since the book was written, so there will be a slightly new and fresh take on it.
About Ajahn Tiradhammo:
Ajahn Tiradhammo is one of the most senior monks in the tradition of Ajahn Chah. He became interested in Dhamma in his student years while travelling through Sri Lanka.
Coming to Thailand and meditating at Wat Umong, he took ordination at Wat Meung Man in Chiang Mai
with Venerable Tong in 1974.
In 1975 he moved to study with Ajahn Cha at Wat Pa Pong and Wat Pa Nanachat. He went on several
tudong journeys through the northeast of Thailand and the mountains of Chiang Mai, visiting many famous
forest meditation masters.
Venerable Tiradhammo was invited to England in 1982 to help with developments there. He spent two years
at Chithurst Monastery, and three years in charge of Harnham Vihara in Northumberland. In 1988 he helped
establish Dhammapala Monastery near Bern, Switzerland and also later at its new location in the Bernese
Alpine village of Kandersteg where he was the senior monk until 2005. In July 2005 he assumed the position
of senior monk at Bodhinyanarama, Wellington, NZ where he remained as abbot for six and a half years.
He is currently of no fixed abode and travels widely. His visits to many monasteries and other locations can
be followed on his blog. http://tiradhammo.blogspot.com.au/
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 four way 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 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 are the GPS coordinates if you prefer : 13.739356, 100.564748
The little Bangkok Sangha: