Monday Night Meditation with the Little Bangkok Sangha in Asok
freestyle meditation every week
Suk 23 (Asoke), 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Join a friendly group for meditation every Monday night from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm in Asok. Instruction will be given by either a former monastic or by experienced lay teachers.
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 early 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.
- 6:30 pm Meet at the Rojana Center (see map below)
- 7:00 Basic meditation instructions
- 7:20 Group meditation
- 8:00 Finish
- NO MONDAY NIGHT MEDITATION ON JUNE 3, 2019. Due to the public holiday commemorating Queen Suthida’s birthday, Rojana Center will be closed on Monday, June 3rd.
- Monday 10th June: Andy Lowe
- Monday 17th June: SPECIAL EVENT @ 6pm with Zen Priest Gil Alon
- Monday 24th June: PECIAL EVENT @ 6:30pm with Aj Siripannyo
|As is usual with Buddhist teachings there is no charge for this event. The Little Bangkok Sangha does, however, follow 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.|
Meditation is not so easy – there are always countless distractions to waylay you. And even if you do sit, there are countless thoughts and worries that will claim your attention. Take the long view – like anything good, it takes lots of practice and patience. If it is new to you, the only way to go is to jump in and try it!
Coming out once a week to sit with others is a really strong tool for strengthening resolve and making a statement to yourself that this monkey mind is something that can be refined.
‾‾‾‾‾June: Monday 3rd (Closed for public holiday), 10th (Andy Lowe), 17th (Special event with Gil Alon), 24th (Special event with Aj Siripannyo) ‾‾‾‾‾
|Phra Pandit Bhikkhu is a British Buddhist monk who has been living in Thailand since ordination in 1996. He started the Little Bangkok Sangha, as there is little dharma/meditation on offer in Bangkok in English.He is also a psychologist and University lecturer. Phra Pandit Bhikkhu has a reputation for being a very engaging speaker who effortlessly makes links between the Buddha’s wisdom teachings and contemporary understandings of consciousness.||Marisa Cranfil is our regular QiGong instructor as well as a Vipassana teacher and yoga instructor. She has lots of experience with many teachers, and you can find her most prominently at her YOQI YouTube Channel|
|Dr Andy Lowe has been a Buddhist for 38 years since he joined the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu group. Early on he ran the Glasgow Karma Kagyu Buddhist Centre in Scotland. His main Buddhist teacher is the Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche who is the 17th Karmapa’s main representative in Europe.||Mary Pipes has been following a Buddhist path for over 20 years. Her principal teachers are Kittisaro and Thanissara (LP Chah lineage). After training with the Karuna Foundation in the UK, she worked as a Buddhist Psychotherapist in the UK and Asia. She now helps organise events for the Little Bangkok Sangha.|
|Robin Moore was a monk in the Thai Forest tradition of Luang Por Chah for 18 years, living in both Thailand and the UK. including 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.||
During the year, visiting teachers will take some of the Monday nights for us. Keep a look out on our Facebook page and Meet Up for announcements on these special events as the starting time may be different from our normal Monday night.
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 Centre, 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 it extremely precise!
- In Thai the centre is known as Rojanatam
- Quite a few other foreigners will be heading there at the same time.
Here are the GPS coordinates if you prefer : 13.739356, 100.564748
The little Bangkok Sangha: