Sayadaw U Jotika 2011

Update: We have arranged an English only talk with Sayadaw on the same topic for Tue 1st Feb. If you are not a Thai speaker, please only come to the English talk, to make space for the many Thai’s who would like to go to the Translated talk on the 27th below.

Sayadaw U Jotika will be giving a public talk with Thai translation on Thursday January 27th 2011 at Bodhgaya Hall: For information in Thai please see :

Sayadaw U Jotika is well known in Bangkok, and has been an inspiration for thousands worldwide. Several books of his are available (and can be obtained at the dhamma talk) such as Map of the Journey, and Snow in the Summer, as well as the newest one My Mind is My Friend.

Click here for previous posts on Sayadaw 

Sayadaw U Jotika MP3 “Praise and Blame”

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Sayadaw U Jotika MP3 “I have no home”

U Jotika
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Previously living in the US Sayadaw is known worldwide, and hugely respected. He has excellent English, though the talk on the 27th will be translated into Thai also. Don’t miss this event if you can at all take the time off on Thursday!!. Also, the hall will be filled to capacity, so arrive well in time to be sure of a seat where you can see him. It is very easy to get to, being close to Chit Lom BTS STation (see below for maps/directions)

Dhamma Talk

With Sayadaw U Jotika

‘Buddhism is the Religion of Freedom’

Thursday 27th January 2011

at Bodhgaya Hall, Amarin Tower

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Event is free of charge, and no need for advance booking (be early to ensure a seat though)


Sayadaw U Jotika: Born into a non-Buddhist family in Moulmein, Myanmar (Burma) on August 5, 1947. His parents were U Sattar and Daw Tin. He received his basic education at a Roman Catholic missionary school. During his younger days, he didn’t believe in any organized religion although he studied and exposed himself to many different religions, as well as western philosophy and psychology.

He graduated as an Electrical Engineer in 1973 from Rangoon Institute of Technology. He became very interested in Buddhist meditation. He discovered that life was unsatisfactory and majority of the people devoted their precious time mainly in gathering wealth, enjoying sensual pleasures, fame, power and position.

Thus, he decided to leave behind his family and became a “Samenera” (Novice) at the age of 26. He was ordained as a “Samgha” in 1974 at Taung Pu Lu Tawya, Meiktila with Ven. Taung Pu Lu Sayadaw as his preceptor. He practiced meditation under the guidance of the late Ven. Taung Pu Lu Sayadaw for (3) years. He continued to practice meditation with Htantabin Tawya Sayadaw for (15) years.

Ven. Jotika visited Melbourne in 1977 and again in 1998. He was in the United States in 1983-84 for about (16) months, conducting Dhamma talks in Santa Cruz, New York, Boston and Washington. He had visited Singapore several times on Dhamma Duta missions as well.

He has established a monastery in a rural environment overlooking a great lake near Pago, (50) miles north of Yangon. His Dhamma talks and books are in great demand in Myanmar as well as with overseas Burmese. He has published about (13) titles so far. One of his popular Dhamma book in English is “Snow in the Summer”

Any Monks coming – please enter in the comments box below or mail Phra Pandit as there are special reserved seats for us, but they need to be booked.


Bodhgaya Hall is in the offices of DMG Books, and is used regularly by a large Thai group of meditators. It is an excellent facility, and very convenient on the skytrain line, Chit Lom Station. The Thai group meets there every Tuesday and Wednesday.

The address is Amarin Plaza, Level 22, 496-502 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

Get out at Chit Lom Skytrain Station, and walk or take the lift (‘elevator’ to Americans) down to the ground floor of the Amarin Tower. From the ground floor, take the lift up to the 22nd floor. DMG is on the right hand side on the 22nd floor, and there is a nice coffee shop there, so you can arrive early for events and meet some of the regulars.

You cannot get up to the 22nd floor via the lift in the Amarin plaza itself. You must go to the lifts on the ground floor, to access the office block above the Amarin Plaza.

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Or you can click the images below for an aerial view, or a skytrain map

bodhgaya Hall, Amarin Plaza Tower, Google earth image

Wide area Skytrain map

8 replies on “Sayadaw U Jotika 2011”

  1. Namasakarn Phra Ajahn Pandit,

    Dhamma Blessings to you.

    I would like to attend the talk given by Sayadaw U Jotika. I will be accompanied by four adult samaneras:

    Nen Sumesh
    Nen Suresh
    Nen Uttam
    Nen Chhatra

    A heartfelt ANUMODANA for the incredibly wide-range Dhamma opportunities your group provides for practitioners and other interested parties in this wonderful country.

    Yours in the Dhamma,

    Phra Frank

  2. We are working on setting up a DIFFERENT date with Sayadaw, talking on the same topic in English only. The reason is too many people attended the last talk, so we want to split off the English speakers. And it is nice for us not to wiat through the Thai trnaslation also.
    Hopefully the announcement for the new date will go up in the next day or two.

    Should be Monday 31st or Tuesday 1st Feb.

  3. Needless to said that I WILL BE THERE, thank you Phra Pandit for the wonderful news!!!!

  4. I don’ t know how this monster appears sorry impossible to get rid of him… bad karma, sorry

  5. Nama Sakan,
    I will come to Jotika’s talk tonight, the 27th.
    Hopefully Bill will accompany me.
    Could not attend on Tuesday next.
    Phra Frank

  6. I am long time can not listen his dhama talk. I am really thanks to your web group. I can download and listen his dhama talk.
    Ms.Kyi Kyi Thet, Yezin

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