Join a retreat-style weekend with Ajahn Vajiro on Saturday, January 11th & Sunday, January 12th 2020 at the Rojana Dhamma Centre, Asok.
Bangkok Vipassana Retreat (BVR) together with the Little Bangkok Sangha is offering a rare opportunity for both new and experienced meditators to engage in two days of intensive, retreat style practice in the heart of Bangkok with Ajahn Vajiro, a senior monastic in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. See below for details and how to reserve a place.
About Ajahn Vajiro:
Ajahn Vajiro has been a monk for nearly 40 years. He received higher ordination in Thailand in 1980 at Wat Pah Pong. After helping with the opening of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in the UK, he participated in the running of both Harnham Buddhist Monastery and Chithurst Forest Monastery. In 1993 he moved to New Zealand to lead the Bodhinyanarama community in Wellington for five years. Following this he entered a three-year retreat in Australia before returning to Amaravati in 2001. In 2012 he moved to Portugal where he had been closely involved in the establishment of Sumedharama Buddhist Monastery near Lisbon, which is where he is now based. For further information about Ajahn, please see:https://forestsangha.org/teachings/audio/speakers/ajahn-vajiro
What to expect
- Arrive 7.30am
- Meal 10.30am
- End 8.30pm
- Arrive 7.30am
- Meal 10.30am
- End 7.30pm
Please note the retreat is not residential but we ask you to make sure you arrive on time. In line with monastic practice there will be one vegetarian meal each day. The schedule will include Dharma talks, instruction and periods of sitting and walking meditation. Participants are expected to attend on both days.
The teaching will be in English. Chairs, floor cushions and mats will be provided. Wear clothes that are comfortable to sit in. Out of respect for the teacher and the Thai Forest tradition we ask you to avoid clothes that are short, sleeveless, or tight fitting.
How to register
To reserve a place email firstname.lastname@example.org. BVR will contact you on November 4th with details of how to pay for the retreat. The cost is expected to be in the region of 500 baht for the two days. Your place will be confirmed once BVR has received your funds. The retreat is limited to a maximum of 50 participants, so it is advised to sign up early.
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