August at WFB: Dhammadarsa Bhikkhu

Ven Dhammadasa (who many of you will be familiar with) will be leading this month’s talk at the WFB

Sunday August 7th

Topic: Vipassanaa in the Early Pali Suttas – a different view

WFB hq, Suk.24 (behind Benchasiri Park)

2:00 – 5:00 pm

free of charge, no booking required

About the Speaker :

He was born in England in 1965, but migrated to Australia when he was only one and a half years old. He did most of his primary and secondary schooling in Sydney, New South Wales. In 1975, at the the age of 10, his family did the Transcendental Meditation [TM] course and this was his first introduction to meditation. This is classed as a Samatha, or Calm practice in Buddhism. He took up Yoga during his high school studies in Sydney. In 1980 his family moved to Brisbane, Queensland where he completed the last year of his secondary education. During this time, he took up Judo and came into contact with Zen meditation.

Ven. Dhammadarsa became interested in Buddhism in 1985, when he moved to Melbourne, Victoria. There He studied Tai Chi, which would also be classed as a Samatha, or Calm practice in Buddhism. In 1986 he took ordination as a Thai Theravada Buddhist monk in Australia. This was probably the first Bhikkhu ordination in Australia. Shortly after ordination He started Buddhist Samatha meditation as taught in Wat Paknam, Bhasicharoen, Bangkok. In 1988 He first started Buddhist Vipassana meditation, at which time He spent three years in retreat in Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. In 1993 he met Buddhadaasa Bhikkhu, who encouraged him to focus on the words of the Buddha, which he did and which clarified greatly the Buddha’s teaching for him. In 1994 he returned to Australia and left the monkhood until 2008 when he reordained, to dedicate the rest of his days to the study and practise of Dhamma.

WFB is a few minutes walk from Phrom Pong BTS Station

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