We are a friendly group who meet to meditate every Monday night from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm in Asok. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced meditators. We meet to support and encourage each other in our practice. If you are a beginner, some instructions will be given; experienced meditators can develop their own practice.
You are welcome to arrive from 6pm so you can get to meet new people, have a cup of tea or coffee, and start to let the tensions of the day slip away before you sit.
As the Rojana Center is a Thai Buddhist Center, please wear something that is comfortable to sit in, and avoid tight-fitting clothes, shorts, sleeveless tops, and short skirts.
As is usual with Buddhist teachings, there is no charge for this event. When the evening is led by a monastic or invited lay teacher, however, the Little Bangkok Sangha follows the Buddhist custom of Dana. Dana is a Pali word which translates as generosity. The teachings are offered as an act of generosity, and those receiving them can, if they wish, reciprocate by making donations. These go towards the teacher’s costs, which include food, travel, and medical expenses. A box for Dana will be provided.
· 6.00 pm Start gathering at the Rojana Center (see map below)
· 6.45 pm Basic meditation instruction followed by group meditation
· 7:50 pm Meditation ends
· 8:00 pm Rojana Center closes
Monday 2nd March: Robin Moore
Monday 9th March: Andy Lowe
Monday 16th March: Mary Pipes
Monday 23rd March: Robin Moore
Monday 30th March: Anna Croucher
|Robin Moore was a monk in the Thai Forest tradition of Luang Por Chah for 18 years, living in both Thailand and the UK. The latter included four years (2003 to 2007) as abbot of Hartridge Monastery in Devon, UK. He is a translator from Thai into English, and his work includes Bhikkhu Payutto’s Buddhadhamma. He lives in Bangkok.
|Dr Andy Lowe joined the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu group 38 years ago. Prior to his retirement he led and ran their Glasgow Center in Scotland UK for 10 years. His main Buddhist teacher is the Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche who is the 17th Karmapa’s main representative in Europe. He has benefitted from instruction in meditation from several of the world’s leading Tibetan Buddhist teachers. Andy is a research methodologist specializing in grounded theory and lives in Bangkok when not travelling to different countries to teach.
|Mary Pipes has been following a Buddhist path for over 20 years. Her principal teachers are Kittisaro and Thanissara, both of whom were monastics with Luang Por Chah. After training with the Karuna Foundation in the UK, she worked as a Buddhist Psychotherapist for many years in the UK and Asia. She is engaged in a two and a half year Dharmapala training with Kittisaro and Thanissara. Since living in Bangkok she has helped Phra Pandit organize events for the Little Bangkok Sangha.
Anna Croucher is a trained and experienced Mindfulness meditation teacher, Occupational Therapist, and life coach. For nearly 20 years, she’s worked in a pastoral capacity, committed to the growth, wellbeing and contentment of others. She first encountered mindfulness meditation when working in a healthcare setting. The daily practice transformed her life, and she went on to train as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher with the Centre of Mindfulness Research, Bangor University, UK.
She has since run secular mindfulness sessions for children and adults, supporting issues including anxiety, depression, psychosis and other issues relating to health and wellbeing, working both privately and within schools, the charity sector, and the National Health Service (NHS).
Please note that this session will have a different format and we will start with a meditation, so please arrive on time or creep in quietly 🙂
Please follow the map. It is VERY precise. It is easy to find: there are only one or two turns depending on which direction you are coming from.
It is an 11-minute walk from Asoke BTS and even closer to Sukhumvit MRT.
Go down Sukhumvit 23 to the first four-way intersection. Turn right, and then turn right again at the end of the road.
Or just ask the motorcycles inside Sukhumvit 23 – they know the way. Tell them ‘Rojana’.
A few tips:
· Don’t ask locals or taxi drivers the way – they will not know the Rojana Center, and will send you somewhere else instead. They will all know Sukhumvit 23, so go there and find your own way.
· Follow the map – plenty of landmarks are shown and it is extremely precise!
· In Thai, the center is known as Rojanatam
If you can’t see the map above click here: http://www.littlebang.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Rojana-map-version-3.jpg
And here are the GPS coordinates: 13.739356, 100.564748
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