Public talks and meditation
with Sayalai (Ajahn) Caru Dassini
23 Oct. – 3 Nov
This October we Bangkokians are hosting Sayalai Caru Dassini for a series of events. She was here 5 months ago and led a workshop for us at Ariyasom Villa, with a really positive reception. Take advantage – Caru Dassini is very experienced and a very clear and competent guide – which is why we were so keen to get her back here for a longer stay.
Her English is very clear, her method precise, and presence warm.
- DAYLONG WORKSHOP
Wednesday 23rd: from 9:15am-4:15pm
One day workshop at Mai Kaidee Oasis for beginner-intermediate levels
- Thursday 24th: from 6:30-8:30pm
Short talk on Applying a Consistent Meditation Method and group meditation at Ariyasom Villa
- Friday 25th: 6:30-8:30pm
Open session for individual questions and interaction with Caru Dassini at Ariyasom Villa – this is an alternative format to our usual Dhamma Talks, so we can meet and interact with our visiting teacher, with focus on Q&A, in a more personal way.
- Saturday 26th: 9:30 – 11:30am
The Conventional and the Ultimate – an introduction class to viewing the world from the perspective of Ultimate realities. At the Indus. Details here.
- DAYLONG WORKSHOP
Sunday 27th from 9:15am-4:15pm
One day meditation retreat at Mai Kaidee Oasis for intermediate-advanced levels
- Tuesday 29th from 6:30-8:30pm
Talk at the BIA – Taking meditation out of the sitting posture and into activity Click here for map
- Wednesday 30th from 6:30-8:30pm last Bangkok event :
The Ways of Sharpening the 5 Controlling Faculties – this is one of the core Buddhist teachings on balancing stillness and energy, faith and wisdom. At Ariyasom Villa boutique Hotel
- RAYONG BEACH RETREAT
Thursday 31st (evening)-Sunday 3rd:
Beach meditation retreat in Rayong – the weather will be getting ideal, and the beach breeze very pleasant. We’ll get more than 2 full days of retreat to get into some genuine meditation. Details are posted here
Burmese Mae Chee Caru Dassini is here visiting from Panditarama Meditation Centre. She was a close disciple, translator and assistant for Sayadaw U Pandita, who has been one of the world’s leading Vipassana teachers for many decades. You will likely have met Steven Smith who has given many talks for us in Bangkok before – he also is a student of Sayadaw U Pandita.
Now in her mid 40’s Mae Chee Caru Dassini has been in robes for about 20 years, and so has lots of experience. In the Sayadaw U Pandita lineage there is strong emphasis on mindfulness meditation in strict intensive environments, often lasting 3 months or more. She is also well qualified in Abhidhamma (intricate Buddhist philosophy and psychology) and the Pali Suttas.
Sayalai Caru Dassini has excellent English, and is very clear and focussed. There won’t be any long dhamma talks or teachings in this workshop – it is a day of meditation practise with an experienced teacher. We will use this opportunity to focus entirely on the practical direct application of the Mahasi Sayadaw method of mindfulness (Vipassana) meditation practise in the different postures. You will find her a clear and precise guide, with excellent English and communication skills.
This is a beautiful oasis in the middle of Bangkok – a boutique hotel of 24 rooms with a great vegetarian restaurant. There is a dedicated meditation room, and events here are free of charge. It’s a real privilege to be able to meet up in this location.
It is easy to find – go to Ploen Chit BTS station, and then walk to the end of Sukhumvit Soi 1 – takes about 8 minutes walking, or take a motorbike.