We’re happy to announce that Vipassana teacher Steven Smith will be back in Bangkok in May, and will give a talk on Metta – loving kindness meditation and practise.
Last month Steven gave a really great dharma talk for us – so it’s lucky for us he is back in Bangkok so soon.
There is no fixed charge for this event – however there will be dana boxes for donations
Reservation is not necessary. However the sandwiches will be demolished by those who arrive early.
Dharma Talk at Ariyasom Villa Boutique Hotel, Bangkok
Topic: Metta – Unconditional Love
Thursday 5th May 2011
Steven has been teaching insight meditation for a long time, and is well known for his compassionate and pragmatic teachings. In 1984 he co-founded the thriving Vipassana Hawaii community project, which now runs long and short retreats year round.
6-6:30 pm gather (refreshments served)
7-8 Dhamma Talk
8-8:15 ish questions
Topic: Metta – ‘loving kindness’ meditation and practise. In Buddhism this kind of love is unconditional; which should make it easy since it requires no special circumstance or behaviour from others. By making a deliberate practise of Metta it becomes easier to call to mind when you need it.
You can see some of Steven’s description on this topic on the US Channel PBS
Steven co-founded Vipassana Hawai’i in 1984 and in 1995 founded the MettaDana Project for educational and medical projects in Burma. Also in 1995 Steven helped establish the Kyaswa Valley Retreat Center in Burma, headed by Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery. This partnership helped usher in the beginnings of Vipassana Hawai’i’s Fusion Dhamma approach combining traditional and contemporary teaching styles in the same retreat. Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, he was trained and sanctioned as a teacher by revered monk and meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita. Steven divides his time teaching Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity) meditation retreats around the world, and assisting Burmese refugee communities along the Thai-Burma border. His long term vision for preserving the Dhamma is culminating in the beginnings of the Hawai’i Insight Meditation Center (HIMC) on the Big Island of Hawai’i’s remote North Kohala coast.
Directions for this event:
Could not be easier – go down Sukhumvit Soi One, right to the end, and Ariyasom is on the left.
Click the map for an even larger view (note that this map is proportional to actual distance, and has North at the top. It is less than a 10 minute walk from Ploen Chit BTS Station on Sukhumvit One