His Holiness Phakchok Rinpoche
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Event is free of charge – donations welcome, and will be forwarded to HHPCR’s temple and temple projects in Nepal.
Loving Kindness and Compassion in Buddhism
with Avalokiteshvara Empowerment
Avalokiteshvara is the embodiment of compassion of all the Buddhas. In the Theravada tradition, Loving Kindness is translated as Metta and Compassion is Karuna. “Metta” is the wish for all sentient beings to be full of happiness and causes of happiness while “Karuna” is the wish for all sentient beings to be without suffering and without causes of suffering. These principles are very important in Buddhism and together with Mudita (sympathetic joy) and Upekkha (equanimity) they are called the 4 Immeasurables.
Avalokiteshvara is also known as Chenrezig in Tibetan or Kuan Yin in Chinese. It is spoken in the tantras and explained by Guru Rinpoche himself that just by calling his name and making a connection with him in any way, let alone by chanting the Avokiteshvara Mantra and doing the practice, all six classes of beings can be liberated from the six realms of samsara (hell, hungry ghost, animal, human, demi-god, and god realms), and all the sufferings contained therein, for example, birth, old age, sickness and death.
This event is at the brand new Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives in Suan Rot Fai, near Mor Chit BTS station.
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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