What is the importance of Koans like “What is it that hears”? with Gil Alon

What is the literal meaning of the word Koan? What is the significance of Zen riddles and Zen stories in our life? Why does Zen use this method? Does this method exist in other cultures? Why is it OK to discuss and analyze a Koan in Japan but it is forbidden in Korea? Can a Koan have more than one answer?

Zen master Gil Alon will be leading our next Monday night meeting on 29 April 2024 from 06:30 – 8.00 PM Bangkok time at Baan Aree, the beautiful location so generously made available to us by the Baan Aree foundation.

Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced meditators. We meet to support and encourage each other in our practice.

Baan Aree is a Thai Buddhist Center, please wear something that is comfortable to sit in, and avoid tight-fitting clothes, shorts, sleeveless tops, and short skirts. There may not be sufficient drinking water on site, therefore you may bring your own water in a closed container. No other food/drinks are allowed in the main room.

As is usual with Buddhist teachings, there is no charge for this event. However, the Little Bangkok Sangha follows the Buddhist custom of Dana (generosity). The teachings and the venue 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 and venue’s costs. Boxes for Dana will be provided.

· 6:00 pm Baan Aree opens
· 6:30 pm Dhamma talk
· 7:15 pm Q&A
· 7:45 pm Session ends
· 8:00 pm Baan Aree closes

Gil Alon is an international Zen master, singer, actor, theater director, and teacher. In 2000 he was certified as a Zen master in Japan. Gil Alon is a Laureate of the “World Peace Ambassador 2015” award from Save the World Foundation.

How to find us

Baan Aree is located conveniently close to the Ari BTS station. Please click on the Google map: