Monday Night Meditation with the Little Bangkok Sangha in Asok
Happy New Year to All.
We are happy to announce that our Monday night meditations are off to a wonderful start this month with two special events, followed by two Mondays with our regular teachers.
On the first Monday of the new year (January 6th), our very inspiring qigong and meditation teacher, Marisa Cranfill is back, with Connecting to Your Center and on January 13th we have Ajahn Vajiro, the abbot of Sumedhārāma Buddhist Monastery in Portugal to guide us.
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 The Rojana Center opens (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 6th January: Connecting to Your Center Marisa Cranfill (NB: SPECIAL EVENT. We will be starting @ 6.30pm sharp)
Monday 13th January: Ajahn Vajiro (NB: SPECIAL EVENT. We will be starting @ 6.30pm sharp)
Monday 20th January: Robin Moore
Monday 27th January: Andy Lowe
|Marisa Cranfill is our regular qigong instructor and trainer as well as a Vipassana teacher and yoga instructor. She is an experienced qigong teacher who has studied qigong for eighteen years with Masters in China and around the world, from whom she has received direct transmissions. She is the founder of YOQI (yoga and qigong), offers professional training in qigong in the US, Europe and Thailand and has also developed a clothing range for qigong practice. You can view videos of her qigong practice on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq6iAv6Ydn5-ccJ5Nm6Mcdg, or subscribe to her YOQI site and find out more about the training programmes she runs on there https://www.yoqi.com/|
|Ajahn Vajiro has been a monk for nearly 40 years. He received higher ordination in Thailand in 1980 at Wat Pah Pong. After helping with the opening of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in the UK, he participated in the running of both Harnham Buddhist Monastery and Chithurst Forest Monastery. In 1993 he moved to New Zealand to lead the Bodhinyanarama community in Wellington for five years. Following this he entered a three-year retreat in Australia before returning to Amaravati in 2001. In 2012 he moved to Portugal where he had been closely involved in the establishment of Sumedharama Buddhist Monastery near Lisbon, which is where he is now based. For further information about Ajahn, please see:https://forestsangha.org/teachings/audio/speakers/ajahn-vajiro|
|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.|
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. 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
The little Bangkok Sangha: