After much delay, and frantic organising, this year’s Dhamma Talk series starts Sept. 23rd:
…in the frame of Mindfulness
Dhamma Talk Series
with British Monk Phra Cittasamvaro
at the Pharmaceutical Association of Thailand
(Thong Lor BTS Station)
running for 6 Thursday evenings….
Through the Little Bangkok Sangha, for 6 Thursday evenings British Buddhist Monk Ven. Cittasamvaro will give a public dhamma talk, on topics related to the Buddhist practise of ‘Mindfulness’.
Held in the splendid air-con hall at the Pharmaceutical Association of Thailand 2 minutes walk from Thong Lor BTS. Free of charge, and open to all. No need for advance reservation
‘Mindfulness’ has become a catchphrase of modern yoga, psychology, meditation and healing traditions. It involves a Zen-like ability to watch closely your thoughts and emotions; an ‘enhanced awareness’; a ‘non-judgemental attention; ‘seeing things as they are’; being rooted in the present moment … and other descriptions. Taken up by non-Buddhist psychologies it is being extensively researched and successfully applied in various secular ways.
How it works, in the original context, provides a framework for an express tour through the basics of Theravada Buddhism, where this aspect of awareness all started.
Each week will cover a different topic, complete in itself. So if you miss one or two weeks you will not be left behind. However the topics will follow a sequence, so try to come every time.
Hopefully the talks will be light, warm, and easy to understand, even if you have no prior knowledge in Buddhism. They should also offer something new for those who are familiar with Buddhism, bringing in some references and comparison to psychology, and even faerie tales ( more on that later ). Most importantly, it should be fun
41 year old Ven. Cittasamvaro has been a British Bhikkhu (monk) in Thailand for 14 years. Ordaining in Rajaburi Province in 1996, he has since moved to Bangkok where he studies and teaches at the Monks University. He practised with various teachers before settling in Thailand.
This is the fifth year giving a Dhamma Talk series in Bangkok in the Rains period. For the last 3 years he has been leading the Little Bangkok Sangha, arranging various talks, retreats and workshops around Bangkok, and inviting different speakers and meditation teachers.
The Pharmaceutical Association of Thailand is a very pleasant venue – and it couldn’t be easier to get to. Walk 2 minutes from Thong Lor BTS Station, down Sukhumvit Soi 38 and turn right along the passageway.
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The Pharmaceutical Association is a very nice place: air-conditioned and very quiet. An excellent sound system ensures everyone will see and hear fine. Because it is not a temple, there are no special customs to follow, so everyone will feel very much at ease.
Every Thursday Evening from September 23rd through October.
6:30 gather at the Ph. Association
6:50 Dhamma talk for 45 minutes
7:40 short meditation, Q&A
LITTLE BANGKOK SANGHA
Since there is little dhamma/meditation in English in Bangkok, for the last few years a few of us have been banding together and arranging events. We try to do everything for free, on donation basis only, so that anyone can join in. Since we have no center or buildings, we have hardly any costs – but it means we move about town to different venues as convenient.
All are welcome to join in more closely – there are some neat people involved. Its fine to just be a quiet observer in the background, or make yourself known to some of the regulars if you would like to join in the more social activities.
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