Thursday 19th April
Dharma talk with Bhikkhuni Ani Pema
@little Bangkok Meditation Center, Ekkamai
DEATH AS THE TEACHER
Dharma talk and meditation with visiting American Bhikkhuni ordained in the Tibetan lineage.
- 7:00pm gather at the little Bangkok Meditation Center
(or come earlier if you want to chat)
- 7:20pm dharma talk begins
- 8:15pm Questions
- 8:30pm finish (promptly).
Those who wish to stay afterwards for informal chat are welcome.
There is no need to book, and there is no charge for this event. Donations will go to the visiting teachers travelling expenses.
About the Topic:
Death as the teacher. There is no escaping death, but reflection and practice enable us to assist others and find greater meaning in our life. Reflection on human mortality is a key part of Buddhism. You will see many monasteries and meditation centers with skeletons, or even coffins, as a reminder . Another example is Bangkok’s Death Cafe
|The Buddha talked with King Pasenadi:
What do you think, great king? Suppose a man, trustworthy and reliable, were to come to you from the east [west, south, north] and on arrival said: “… I come from the east. There I saw a great mountain, as high as the clouds, coming this way, crushing all living beings [in its path]. Do whatever you think should be done.“
If, great king, such a great peril should arise, such a terrible destruction of human life — the human state being so hard to obtain — what should be done?
“If, lord, such a great peril should arise, such a terrible destruction of human life — the human state being so hard to obtain — what else should be done but Dhamma-conduct, right conduct, skillful deeds, meritorious deeds?”
“I inform you, great king, I announce to you, great king: aging and death are rolling in on you. When aging and death are rolling in on you, great king, what should be done?”
“As aging and death are rolling in on me, lord, what else should be done but Dhamma-conduct, right conduct, skillful deeds, meritorious deeds?
About the Speaker
Ani Pema (Karen Schaefer) ordained in Tibetan Buddhist Tradition in Bhutan in 2001. She trained extensively with her teachers in India, Bhutan and Australia. Prior to ordination as a Buddhist nun she lived in India for 12 years with a meditation master who ordained her as a swami trained her thoroughly in traditional yoga, Sanskrit, Indian Philosophies and meditation. He sent her to run his meditation center in Sydney.
She later ordained as a bhikkshuni in the Chinese tradition in Taiwan. She has been living and practicing meditation in Thailand for the past three years in a Thai meditation monastery in Loei province.
‘APARTMENTS’ Little Bangkok Meditation Centre is a 4 minute walk from Ekkamai BTS Station.
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.
Follow the excellent map – it is very precise!