An Afternoon of Well-being with Bhikkhuni Santussika @ The Rojana Centre, Asok
Saturday February 23rd, 2019
1.30 to 4.30pm
We are delighted to be welcoming back Bhikkhuni Santussika for a special Saturday afternoon teaching that will include QiGong, meditation and discussion. This is a rare opportunity to come together to spend an afternoon aligning with a deep sense of well-being guided by a skillful, dedicated and experienced teacher.
- 1pm to 1.30pm Gather at the Rojana Center (refreshments available).
- 1. 30pm Introduction to Bhikkhuni Santussika by Phra Pandit.
- 1. 35pm onwards Teaching with instruction in QiGong, meditation and discussion.
- 4. 30pm Ends
There is plenty of room so there is no need to book in advance. The afternoon will be in English. You do not need previous experience to join.
Please wear comfortable and loose fitting clothes that are easy to sit and move in. The Rojana Centre is a Thai Buddhist Centre so please avoid clothing that is tight-fitting and/or revealing.
For those of you who know the Rojana Centre we will be on the second floor (not on the third where we normally are).
a previous qi gong class (with Marisa)
What is Qigong?
Qigong is an art of conscious embodiment that honors and nourishes the energy aspect of our being. “Qi” means energy and “gong” means skill; qigong teaches us how to know our own energy through direct experience of the body and mind in the flow of the present moment. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, qigong uses the meridian system as a map to guide us through gentle stretches and repetitive movements that support the immune system, energize the organs and connect to nature. Qigong perfectly complements formal sitting meditation practice and has a long and well-established history connected to contemplative traditions. It is, actually, a complete meditation practice in itself.
Bhikkhuni Santussika is a regular visitor to the Little Bangkok Sangha and her teachings are always popular. She was born in the United States, near Chicago and moved to California in 1987 after finishing a master’s degree in computer science at Indiana University. She worked as a software designer and engineer for 15 years, during which time her search for deeper meaning and greater happiness brought her to train as a minister.
During the four-year interfaith seminary program which led to a Master of Divinity degree, awarded in 2002, she also began visiting Buddhist monasteries in America and Asia, and learning from master teachers, particularly in Thailand. In America, she spent as much time as she could at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, looking to Ajahn Passano as her teacher. In Thailand, she spent time at Wat Pah Nanachat, Wat Marp Jan, Wat Boonyawad and Wat Pa Baan Taad.
In 2005 she ordained as an eight precept nun and trained at Amaravati and Chithurst Buddhist Monasteries in England, and at Aloka Vihara in San Francisco. She ordained as a samaneri (ten-precept nun) in 2010 and received full ordination as a bhikkhuni in 2012 at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles. Currently, she lives and teaches at Karuna Buddhist Vihara in Millbrae, California (www.KarunaBV.org).
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.
Or if you need more definite pointers:
A few tips:
- Don’t ask locals or taxi drivers the way – they will notknow 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
- Quite a few other people will be heading there at the same time.
- If using Grab you need Rojana Dhamma Foundation.
Here is the Google Map link, if you prefer this method
Or the GPS coordinates: 13.739356, 100.564748
Video Channel for the group is here