‘The Six Robbers’
One Day Meditation Retreat
Sunday 25th May
9:15am – 4:15pm
With Pandit Bhikkhu
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We are back at the great little Bangkok retreat – Mai Kaidee’s Oasis, again on Sunday 25th May.
Come join ‘Ayatana Kammatthana’ – meditation on the Six Senses. This is in fact, the way that the Buddha himself most often taught meditation. The five bodily senses are well known. The sixth sense in Buddhism is ‘mind’. Why is the mind is considered a ‘sense’? And what has the ‘Six Sense Restraint’ got to do with meditation?
It’s a great chance to get up early and spend a wholesome day in meditation, with good people, and a good lunch!
The workshop cost is 600 baht per person, which includes a vegetarian healthy lunch.
Leading the Meditation
Phra Pandit has lived in the Buddhist monasteries in the UK and Thailand since the age of 24. Now a shade off 45 (and middle age!) that makes 20 years. 17 of those years has been as an ordained Buddhist Bhikkhu, spent in Thailand. His favoured style of Buddhism is from the Early Buddhist Texts – the un-ostentatious and non-mystical direct teachings of Vipassana (insight meditation). Other influences are from psychology (BA degree), faerie tale, and practical experience.
Currently Pandit Bhikkhu resides in Bangkok.
About the Topic
The Buddha described the six senses as being like ‘Six Robbers’. In a short but detailed allegory he explained how the world appears empty when investigated directly via the sensory input, and how self-awareness is ‘stolen’ by the senses. Using the reflection and a gentle restraint, meditation starts to come alive.
This kind of reflection and meditation is one of the earliest known forms of Vipassana (insight) meditation that aims to develop wisdom, and ‘seeing things as they really are’.
Sunday 25th May 2014
at Mai Kaidee’s Oasis
near Democracy Monument, Bangkok
- 9:15am Meet at May Kaidee Restaurant, behind Burger King on Kao San Road
- 9:45 Head over as a group to the Oasis
- 10:00 Morning session of Dhamma, sitting and walking, and eating meditation
- 12:15 Healthy vegetarian lunch from the world famous May Kaidee
- 1:15-4:00 Afternoon session of Dhamma, sitting and walking with instructions
- 4:15 finish
May Kaidee’s Oasis
May is world famous for her vegetarian and vegan Thai cooking school – she even teaches in Russia, Czech Republic and New York! Her cooking books are big sellers too. We’ve had some great group lunches at one of her restaurants in the past. Now she has a new place, hidden away from all but the real locals. May Kaidee’s Oasis.
It is a bit tricky to get to, but that makes it all the more worthwhile. And we’ll be making this one of our regular venues, so it is worthwhile getting on your radar. Being hidden away there is no roaring traffic noise. Though there might be some building noise from nearby – good for mindfulness and patience!
We will have the two storey Thai-style house to ourselves.
To make it easy, we will meet up at the Mai Kaidee restaurant near Kao San Road, and then walk over to the Oasis as a group. If you are driving, see further down for the exact location.
If you’d like to book for this event please enter your details below – and do double check them as many people enter the wrong details and then wonder why no one got back to them with confirmation. There’s plenty of space – we don’t anticipate being over booked. Please be very sure you are attending though as we have to pay for all the food we order, including anyone who did not turn up.
If you would like to join but are short of funds, let us know, and we’ll arrange a free place for you.
After entering your details you will be returned to this page and someone will get back to you within a day or two. Your details won’t appear on the web page. Your phone number is just so we can call you if you get lost en route.
The Oasis Location
While we are keen to keep this Bangkok place secret, if you are driving, and looking to park your car near the venue, you can find it by the maps below. Here is a wide area view, and a closer view. Note the road does not go right up to the Oasis so you will want to park around Mahanop Road (I’ll work on the maps a bit more when time permits)