Thursday 2nd July

with Myong An Sunim (Korean Zen Bhikkhu)



  • Evening talk with our visiting Korean-Zen monk from Malaysia
  • 6:30-8:15pm at Ariyasom Villa
  • Reservation not required. Free of charge (donation)


The Topic: 

Zen Buddhism is a stark and direct method of ‘Satori’ or enlightenment experiences. It has a number of characteristics that distinguish it as an individual school of Buddhism. But the core is mindfulness as the Buddha taught it.

“Many people in this world look for happiness outside of themselves but do not understand their true selves inside. So many people say “I am ……” without really knowing who this ‘I’ is.
Zen meditation practice is to turn your attention inwards to find out and attain who this ‘I’ is. In Korean, we say “jik ji shim” which means directly pointing to mind. If you practice in this way and sincerely ask yourself “Who Am I?”, one day you will break through the wall of your delusions, attain your true self, attain wisdom and compassion and help save all beings from suffering.”  
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Get some more idea of this Zen approach from their main website here



Myong An Sunim is Malaysian Bhikku practising Zen in the Korean tradition.

sunimIn the 1970’s, he was sent to the UK for further education, ended up with a master’s degree and worked there for a number of years.

He later returned to Asia and it was whilst working in Hong Kong in 1992 that he met and became the student of Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927 – 2004).

After doing a few 3 month winter retreats in Korea, he decided to go there to ordain as a monk under the guidance of Zen Master Seung Sahn. He eventually stayed there for seventeen years practising Zen.

He returned to Malaysia in 2013 and established Haeng Won Zen Centre in Penang.



Ariyasom is Trip Advisor’s top rated boutique hotel in Bangkok.

It is a real oasis in the middle of the city – situated alongside the canal, and beautifully designed (the owner is a graduate in Landscape design from Harvard!). They have a really great vegetarian restaurant for Thai and International cuisine. Including some serious home made desserts (got to earn your calorie credits first by walking there!).

You can walk easily from Nana, or Phloen Chit BTS Station.

From Ploen Chit, walk to Sukhumvit Soi 1 and then along the soi to the end. You can also take a motorcycle from the end of Soi 1. Takes about 8 minutes walking.

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