Meditation for Challenging Times
with special guest Bh. Santussika
◊Guidelines from the Buddha for Responding in Challenging Times
1.30-3:30pm Sunday May 27th 2018
We are very happy to welcome Bhikkhuni Santusikka who will be offering a special session of ‘Meditation for Challenging Times‘. She will be encouraging us to engage with those teachings that can help us to develop a strong basis for resilience in the face of difficulty, as well as pointing out a way to be happy regardless of the outcome.
|Bhikkhuni Santusikka is a founder of the Karuna Buddhist Vihara for bhikkhunis in California. She was ordained as a samaneri (ten-precept nun) in 2010 and as a bhikkhuni (311 rules) in 2012. As well as training with different communities of nuns and living at several monasteries in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah, she is a single mother, has trained as an interfaith minister, and had a career as a software designer and developer.
MFCT is a regular group for meditators who want to use their practice and understanding of the Dharma to help them respond wisely to the many challenges – personal, political, environmental and social, currently confronting us. The group explores a different topic each month.
- Free of charge and no need to book in advance
arrive 1pm onward for –
1:30-3:30pm @ The Little Bangkok Meditation Center, Ekkamai.
The session starts at 1.30pm,
Free of charge and no need to book in advance
Bring snacks to share afterwards
- 1:00pm arrive early for refreshments, meet and chat
- 1.30 Welcome and Introduction to the theme of the afternoon
- 1.45 Meditation and Dhamma Talk
- 2.45 Discussion
- 3.30 Tea and cakes. Please bring some to share. It’s very important we take care of ourselves at all levels.
|About Meditation for Challenging Times:
|This group grew out of the concerns of members of our little Bangkok Sangha who found themselves feeling shocked, outraged, scared, overwhelmed, sad, grieving and hopeless in the face of what is happening in the world and wanted to use the Dhamma to guide their response.
MFCT provides an opportunity for meditators to come together and to enquire how their practice and understanding of the Dhamma can help them to respond, both internally and practically, to the challenges of the current times with wisdom and compassion.
Our intention is to practice with what disturbs us, so that rather than let it divide us, it becomes a bridge that unites us – with ourselves, with others, with the world and with the Dhamma.
Each session takes a different topic, however, at the moment, the overall theme we are exploring is the development of resilience.
We don’t expect these meetings to provide instant solutions. However, we hope that by practicing together and sharing with friends, we’ll develop a trustworthy and reliable place from which we can respond to the world around us, and help lessen any contributions we might make towards the destructive forces currently being unleashed.
Everyone who has meditated before is very welcome. If you have any short teachings that are relevant and that you would like to share, please bring them along. They don’t need to be Buddhist or “spiritual” – just wise. Also if there are any topics you would like to explore or to lead, please let us know in the comments section below.
Our regular facilitators are Mary and Aarti (when she is in Bangkok). But other group members and teachers with particular expertise, knowledge and leadership also contribute.
Mary Pipes has worked as a counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer for twenty years in Asia and the UK. For over half of this time, she worked in a Buddhist-based psychotherapy tradition in the UK. The BuddhaDhamma has been a guiding influence in her life for twenty years.
Aarti Kapoor is the managing director and lead consultant for Embode, an agency dedicated to human rights, corporate responsibility and organisational analysis. Aarti is an experienced group facilitator and a Buddhist practitioners influenced both by the Tibetan Mahayana philosophical path and Theravada practice.
‘APARTMENTS’ Meditation Centre
The center is a 4 minute walk from Ekkamai BTS Station.
We are 9/37 Thana Aket, Ekkamai Sukhumvit 63.
Enter Ekkamai (Sukhumvit Soi 63). Turn left into the second soi (lane). Bourbon street restaurant is on the corner. We’re the third building on the right, in the ‘APARTMENTS‘ building. Go up to the top floor. See the excellent map – it is very precise!