Dhamma Talk with
with Ajahn Vajiro
Wednesday 10th June
- Wednesday 10th June, 6:30-8:15pm
- Gather at Ariyasom Villa Boutique Hotel
- Dharma talk with Ajahn Vajiro – one of the senior Bhikkhus in the Ajahn Chah lineage, Ordained 1980
- Topic: Living a Disciplined Life – the value of Vinaya
- There is no charge for this event, and no need to book in advance
About the Topic:
Lots of yogis these days have studied iconoclastic teachers such as Tungpa Rinpoche, Ramana Maharshi, or Osho – and have taken away a message that non-attachment to all things is freedom, including to religious forms. But the Buddha, in the original teachings put strong emphasis on Vinaya – the rules and regulations of the mokns and nuns. He bade them live a very disciplined life.
Some of the Thai forest traditions also put strong emphasis on the Vinaya, the discipline.
There are many teachings about enlightenment and dharma (the Suttas), and about the philosophy of Buddhism, but not so often is the Vinaya talked about – despite it being such a large part of the Early Buddhist tradition.
What is the advantage of living a disciplined life? Why do monks and nuns take on so many seemingly unnecessary burdens?
Ajahn Vajiro will reflect on his own 35 years as a renunciate monk, and what it means to impose a firm structure on ones life.
About the Speaker:
VEN. AJAHN VAJIRO was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1953. His father was English, his mother part French. He studied in England and obtained a degree in economics in 1974, after which he trained and worked for a while in the City of London.
He was already interested in Buddhism by 1977 when he met Luang Por Chah, Luang Por Sumedho and other bhikkhus at the Hampstead Vihara (Dhammapadipa) in North London. He joined that community in London in 1978. In 1979 he went as an anagarika to Thailand, following Luang Por Chah after the second visit to the West. In June 1980 he received upasampada (higher ordination) at Wat Nong Pah Pong.
Currently he is based in Portugal, where he has established a new monastery.
Regulars in Bangkok will be familiar with Ariyasom Villa by now – it is an 8 minute walk from Phloen Cit BTS Station, at the end of Sukhumvit Soi One. You can take a motorcycle along the soi, but might be better to walk this time …