Evolution of Mind States
Dhamma Talk with Phra Pandit
at the fabulous new
Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives (BIA)
26th December – Boxing Day
Little Bangkok Christmas Dhamma talk !
You have all heard about Darwin; his name is forever associated with Evolution. In fact, the idea of evolution had been around before Darwin, but he added the essential mechanism – ‘Natural Selection’ as the crucial force. Together with inheritance and variation these power the evolution of the species.
In the modern era there is much application of these three components, especially in social evolution. Are your habits, desires, and motivations programmed into you by a society protecting it’s social memes?
Curiously, if we apply the same 3 components to the mind as experienced by a meditator, we result with a similar process to what Darwin proposed. But it is not survival of the fittest mind states that results! … at least until we change the selection process.
Talk will be given by Phra Pandit, who most of you will know already. 41 years old, in his 15th year as a Bhikkhu, ordained in Thailand, and a lover of meditation, psychology, and vertical axis wind turbines. He is not so keen on astronomers.
~Boxing Day – Sunday 26th December
~2:30 arrive (arrive earlier though, to take a look around this great new complex)
~3:00 Dhamma Talk
We are making our first group visit to the Link to official website (BIA). This is the branch of Suan Mokh where the famous Buddhadasa Bhikkhu lived and taught for many years, and which is still a majour item on the spiritual tourism of Thailand ajenda.
The place is beautiful, and vast. Overlooking the parklands near Mor Chit BTS, the complex includes a library, book shop, huge verandah overhanging the lake, and lots of art and sculpture. In following years this place will definitely become the most vital centre of Buddhism in Bangkok. Expect a lot of great events to happen here.
Go to Mor Chit BTS Station and walk through the park for about 20 minutes. Motorcycles are an option – but come on, you could do with the exercise, and it is a lovely park! You can also take a taxi from the BTS for about 45 baht. MRT users can go to Chatuchak Station or Pahonyothin station exit 3 (have not tried this one yet but should be slightly closer, but less pleasant walk)
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