Monday Night Meditation with the Little Bangkok Sangha in Asok
freestyle meditation every week
Suk 23 (Asoke), 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Meditate with a Monk is back. Phra Pandit, the founder of the Little Bangkok Sangha, will be leading four Monday night meditations in September. Phra Pandit is a British monk who has been practising in Thailand for over twenty years. He has a reputation for being a very engaging speaker. As he may be leaving Thailand shortly, this could be your last chance for the immediate future to sit with him in Bangkok.
Then on September 16th, we have an evening with Ani Zamba. She is a well known Tibetan nun and one of the first Western women to receive full ordination. Ani has studied with many of the great teachers in all three Buddhist lineages.
We are a friendly group who meet to mediate every Monday night from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm in Asok. (Please note we will meet at 6pm for Ani Zamba.) 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 develop their own practice.
You are welcome to arrive early so you can get to meet new people, have a cup of tea or coffee, and start to let the tensions of the day slip away before you sit.
As the Rojana Centre is a Thai Buddhist Centre, please wear something that is comfortable to sit in, and avoid tight-fitting clothes, shorts, sleeveless tops, and short skirts.
As is usual with Buddhist teachings, there is no charge for this event. However, the Little Bangkok Sangha follows the Buddhist custom of Dana. Dana is a Pali word which translates as generosity. The teachings are offered as an act of generosity, and those receiving them can, if they wish, reciprocate by making donations. These go towards the teacher’s costs, which include food, travel, and medical expenses. A box for Dana will be provided.
· 6.30 pm Meet at the Rojana Centre (see map below)
· 7:00 pm Basic meditation instructions
· 7:20 pm Group meditation
· 8:00 pm Finish
Monday 2nd September: Meditate with a Monk – Phra Pandit
Monday 9th September: Mediate with a Monk – Phra Pandit
Monday 16th September: An evening with Ani Zamba – See separate announcement. This starts at 6pm.
Monday 23rd September: Meditate with a Monk – Phra Pandit
Monday 30th September: Meditate with a Monk – Phra Pandit
Phra Pandit Bhikkhu
Phra Pandit Bhikkhu is a British Buddhist monk who has been living in Thailand for 22 years. He chose Thailand as his place of ordination in 1996 after studying Buddhism and non-dual spirituality in various parts of the world for a number of years. He is the founder and principal teacher of the Little Bangkok Sangha which, for a long time, was the only sangha offering Dhamma in English in Bangkok. He is also a psychologist and University lecturer. Phra Pandit Bhikkhu has a reputation for being a very engaging speaker who effortlessly makes links between the Buddha’s wisdom teachings and contemporary understandings of consciousness.
The Venerable Ani Zamba
The Venerable Ani Zamba was born in the UK in 1948 and has been studying and practicing Buddhism for many decades. She has travelled the world trying to understand the human condition. Her root guru was Dungsey Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and her other main teachers include HH the Dalai Lama, HH Dudjom Rinpoche, and HH Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche, as well as Chagdud Rinpoche, Khamtrul Rinpoche, Dzongsar Rinpoche, and Lama Wangdor. She lives mainly in Brazil, where her practical teachings, rooted in the simplicity of Dzogchen and direct observation of the nature of the mind, are a source of inspiration for many Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
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: