freestyle meditation every week
Suk 23 (Asoke), 6:30 – 8:00pm
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Join a friendly group for meditation every Monday night from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm in Asok. Brief instructions and tips will be given by either a British monk, a former monastic, or by experienced lay teachers.
There is no charge for this event, and cushions etc. are provided, so you don’t need to bring anything.
Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced meditators. We meet to support and encourage each other in our practice. If you are a beginner some instructions will be given; experienced meditators can follow their own practice.
Arrive a bit early to meet new people, have a cup of tea or coffee (provided) and start releasing the tensions of the day before you sit.
- 6:30 pm Meet at the Rojana Center (see our map below)
- 7:00 pm Basic meditation instructions
- 7:20 pm Group meditation
- 8:00 pm Finish
Meditation is not so easy – there are always countless distractions to waylay you. And even if you do sit, there are countless thoughts and worries that will claim your attention. Take the long view – like anything good, it takes lots of practice and patience. If it is new to you, the only way to go is to jump in and try it!
Coming out once a week to sit with others is a really strong tool for strengthening resolve and making a statement to yourself that this monkey mind is something that can be refined.
Pandit Bhikkhu is a British Buddhist monk who has been living in Thailand since ordination in 1996. He started the Little Bangkok Sangha, as there is little dharma/meditation on offer in Bangkok in English
|Marisa Cranfil is our regular QiGong instructor as well as a Vipassana teacher and yoga instructor. She has lots of experience with many teachers, and you can find her most prominently at her YOQI YouTube Channel
|Dr Andy Lowe has been a Buddhist for 38 years since he joined the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu group. Early on he ran the Glasgow Karma Kagyu Buddhist Centre in Scotland. His main Buddhist teacher is the Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche who is the 17th Karmapa’s main representative in Europe.
|Mary Pipes has been following a Buddhist path for over 20 years. Her principal teachers are Kittisaro and Thanissara (LP Chah lineage). After training with the Karuna Foundation in the UK, she worked as a Buddhist Psychotherapist in the UK and Asia. She now helps organise events for the Little Bangkok Sangha.
|Robin Moore was a monk in the Thai Forest tradition of Luang Por Chah for 18 years, living in both Thailand and the UK. including four years (2003 to 2007) as abbot of Hartridge Monastery in Devon, UK. He is a translator from Thai into English and his work includes Bhikkhu Payutto’s Buddhadhamma. He lives in Bangkok.
Plus we regularly have visiting teachers from different lineages come to share dharma with the group.
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. Tell them ‘Rojana’
A few tips:
- Don’t ask locals or taxi drivers the way – they will not know 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 it extremely precise!
- In Thai the centre is known as Rojanatam
- Quite a few other foreigners will be heading there at the same time.
Here are the GPS coordinates if you prefer : 13.739356, 100.564748
The little Bangkok Sangha: