12 Mindful Steps

The following is regarding some sincere efforts to link mindfulness meditation methods and the western-style 12 step program .

One Day Insight Meditation Workshop

Sunday 18 October 2009,

9 am – 4 pm (lunch included)

Meeting venue courtesy of: Yip In Soi & Co. Ltd

523 Mahaprutharam, Bangrak, Bangkok

Several local and expat Bangkok residents are exploring ways to combine our Buddhist meditation practice with western-style “twelve-step support community” strategies that we have found useful in coping with the stresses and strains of living in our fast-paces metropolis.

Within this framework we are offering a one-day workshop to investigate how these two broad health and wellness practices may complement each other.

Participants need not be members of a twelve step community nor do twelve-steppers need to know how to meditate to participate in this workshop.

We are inviting Jonathan Preboy, a senior lay teacher from the International Meditation Center at Wat Chom Tong in North Thailand to provide meditation instruction to workshop participants. Those already familiar with Insight Meditation will be asked to adopt this particular variation of the broader practice for the duration of the workshop. A panel of experienced meditators and practicing twelve-steppers will lead an open discussion among participants after morning and afternoon sessions of walking and sitting meditation.

All participants will be asked to commit a full day to this workshop (9 am-4 pm) — no drop-ins please. A simple lunch will be served. The venue is provided courtesy of Yip In Soi Company, at their headquarters, accessible from the Hua Lompong station of the MRTA. Those attending the workshop will be provided a map and more details regarding the Workshop by return email.

If you are interested in participating please email your name, telephone number and email address to:

Fred Burian via the contact form below or call him directly on  02-883-3501:

The workshop is free-of-charge. The meditation room will be air conditioned. Participants who have a meditation cushion should bring it. For others, meditation cushions will be provided. Straight back chairs will be available for those not use to sitting on the floor. Participants should wear loose-fitting, comfortable cloths. Donations for lunch and travel of the lay teacher from the North of Thailand will be welcomed.