September 2007, Baan Aree
Starting with a big bang
The first set of talks under the banner of Little Bangkok Sangha
It is odd to think of it now, but this was a completely new idea. In 2007 there was no Dhamma in English in Bangkok, Thailand. Only a lack luster monthly gathering at the WFB, and that was often cancelled. No one had thought of holding events in English for dhamma and meditation – there was no forum and no where to do PR. I had to print very low quality posters and try to put them up around town – a very labour intensive method!
A few of these people are still around. People come and go. But I recall I was not a regular temple visitor in the UK, but I really appreciated it being there.We were the first group to use the Hall at Baan Aree. Getting the word out was the big problem. Also, I was very uncomfortable being the speaker. It takes time to get accustomed to being on stage.
Dr Holly was there from the start, encouraging the whole affair. Her support was unstinting. Neither of us knew how this would develop. We changed Bangkok!
The first week we had about 70 people. Which was nerve wracking to say the least.
Very lonely up there on stage! Now there are various events going on around Bangkok, with people that we brought together!
Some regular yogis – Lee is at the back there. He’s also been around from the start, and always has been very encouraging.
Sarah describing the rain!