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Pak Chong trip to see Ajahn Jayasaro
There always used to be group trips to see Ajahn Jayasaro in Pak Chong – but the group split up some years back. So we took over the job. We will be running these trips every 3 months or so from now on.
Ajahn Jayasaro wishes to be firmly retired in his hermitage in Pak Chong, NE of Bangkok. He does a dharma talk at the venue in Thai on the first and third Sunday’s of the month, that is open to the public, but otherwise the gates to his hillside remain closed to visitors. It is in a private family compound so it is not allowed for the public to go see him except on scheduled events. Every so often we will arrange for the English language talk with him in the same place.
If you are looking to book Ajahn Jayasaro for a public talk, please note that he is not accepting invitations any more. If you are in Bangkok looking for an English language dhamma speaker he said to invite Pandit Bhikkhu as his official replacement. If you are just after someone famous, who has been on Thai TV, then better explore other options.
It’s good day trip out to Pak Chong for these events, but it is not just for the Dhamma talk. It’s a chance to meet for breakfast at the delightful Baan Aree for vegetarian food – this is a great place to get on your radar, and has lots of dhamma events in Thai, and occasionally in English also.
Then we head up to Pak Chong which takes about 2 hours if the traffic is not heavy. We lunch at a nice restaurant called Rabieng View. If you are driving up yourself, you are welcome to meet the group there. Food is ok, prices are ok (for the Thai food anyway), and the morning air is very nice and cool. If you want to spend the night, this place also has rooms for rent.
We then head to Baan Bun for the Dhamma talk, which is only a few minutes drive away. A short meditation, talk and Q&A is the usual format, and most people know Ajahn Jayasaro is a consistently good speaker. You can find many of his talks on Youtube and other sites.
For the return trip from now on we will stop off at Chok Chai dairy farm for ice-cream, because you lay people are not able to go for more than a few hours without eating something! And because it is nice 🙂
Home trip is usually 2hr 45 mins due to traffic.
All in all, it is a nice day out of Bangkok, a nice chance to meet with some of the other yogis and absorb some dhamma from one of the most influential Western monk’s in Thailand.