“Mindfully Facing Disease and Death” Dharma and Reflection
Saturday 9th November, 2019
3pm to 5pm
Details: We are delighted to be welcoming back Bhikkhuni Santussika for a special Saturday afternoon teaching, kindly hosted by the Indus Restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 26, Phrom Phong.
Entitled Mindfully Facing Disease and Death, it will be a rare opportunity to come together to deepen into, and explore, these two things that tend to scare us the most, with a skillful, compassionate and experienced teacher.
·2.45 pm Gather at the Indus Restaurant.
·3.00 pm Welcome and Introduction
·3.30 pm Dhamma Talk – Mindfully Facing Disease and Death,
followed by sharing, questions and discussion
·5.00 pm End
There is plenty of room so there is no need to book in advance. The teaching will be in English and you do not need previous experience to join.
Some chairs and cushions to sit on will be provided, but please bring a mat to put on the floor if you would like to be more comfortable and wear comfortable and loose fitting clothes that are easy to sit in.
About the Topic:
Sickness and death are an unavoidable part of existence. They are also the aspects of being human that we can find it the most difficult to accept and live with, whether they are showing up in our own lives or in the lives of beings we are close to. Based on her study of Ajahn Analayo’s book Mindfully Facing Disease and Death
, and her own life experiences, Bhikkhuni Santussika will draw on the Buddha’s early discourses to guide us through this challenging territory. Those interested in reading Ajahn Analayo’s book can find it HERE
on Book Depository. As well as a Dharma talk, there will be plenty of time to share experiences and to ask questions.
About Bhikkhuni Santussika:
Bhikkhuni Santussika is a regular visitor to the Little Bangkok Sangha and her teachings are always very popular.
She grew up on a farm in the United States near Chicago, raised two children and worked as a software designer and engineer in California for 15 years before ordaining as a bhikkhuni in the Theravadan tradition. Her search for deeper meaning and greater happiness began in 1970 when she started meditating, although she did not meet the Buddhadhamma until 1998. Her search also led her to complete a four year interfaith seminary program and she was awarded a Master of Divinity Degree in 2002.
In 2005 she ordained as an eight-precept nun and trained at Amaravati and Chithurst Buddhist Monasteries in England, and at Aloka Vihara in San Francisco. Her ordination as a samaneri (ten-precept nun) took place in 2010 and she received full ordination as a bhikkhuni in 2012 at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles. In the same year, she founded Karuna Buddhist Vihara in Mountain View, California.
In Thailand, she has spent time at Wat Pah Nanachat, Wat Marp Jan, Wat Boonyawad and Wat Pa Baan Taad.
Currently, she lives at the Karuna Buddhist Vihara in California teaching the Dhamma as it applies to life experience, drawing from the Pali Canon. She is known for her great clarity and compassion. There is a link to her website HERE
. You can listen to her Dharma talks on Dhamma Seed HERE
As is usual with Buddhist teachings, there is no charge for this event. 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 Bhikkhuni Santussika’s costs, which include food, travel, and medical expenses. A box for Dana will be provided.
Getting to the Indus Restaurant:
The Indus Restaurant is on Sukhumvit Soi 26. It is an easy, twelve-minute walk from BTS Phrom Phong, or a shorter taxi or moto taxi ride from the top of Soi 26. Please see the map below.
We will be meeting in the long room to the right of the Indus car park as you face the restaurant. You will see it as you walk towards the entrance. Please arrive by 2.50pm at the latest so that we can start at 3pm.