freestyle meditation every week
Suk 23 (Asoke), 6:30 – 8:00pm
Meditate with a Monk is back. Phra Pandit, the founder of the Little Bangkok Sangha, will be leading three Monday night meditations in November. A monk for twenty-three years, he founded the Little Bangkok Sangha over twelve years ago. Phra Pandit will be leaving Bangkok shortly, so don’t miss this chance to hear him talk about meditation.
On November 11th, we are delighted to welcome Bhikkhuni Santussika who is visiting from the Karuna Buddhist Vihara in California. She is a very popular teacher with the Little Bangkok Sangha. Bhikkhuni Santussika has trained with different communities of nuns and has lived at several monasteries in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah in Thailand and the United States. She teaches Dhamma as it applies to life experience, drawing from the Pali Canon.
We are a friendly group who meet to mediate every Monday night from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm in Asok. (Please note we will meet at 6 pm for Ayya Santussika.) 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.
As the Rojana Centre is a Thai Buddhist Centre, 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. 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.
· 6.30 pm Meet at the Rojana Centre (see map below)
· 7:00 pm Basic meditation instructions
· 7:20 pm Group meditation
· 8:00 pm Finish
- Monday 4th November: Meditate with a Monk – Phra Pandit
- Monday 11th November: An Evening with Bhikkhuni Santussika See separate announcement. This starts at 6pm.
- Monday 18th November: Meditate with a Monk – Phra Pandit
- Monday 25th November: Meditate with a Monk – Phra Pandit
Phra Pandit Bhikkhu
Phra Pandit Bhikkhu is a British Buddhist monk who has been living in Thailand for 23 years. He chose Thailand as his place of ordination in 1996 after studying Buddhism and non-dual spirituality in various parts of the world for a number of years. He is the founder and principal teacher of the Little Bangkok Sangha which, for a long time, was the only sangha offering Dhamma in English in Bangkok. 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.
Bhikkhuni Santussika is a regular visitor to the Little Bangkok Sangha and her teachings are always relevant and popular. She was born in the United States, near Chicago and moved to California in 1987. Before becoming a monastic she studied computer science, worked as a software designer and engineer for 15 years and raised two children. Her search for deeper meaning and greater happiness initially brought her to train as an inter-faith minister and to study for a Master of Divinity degree in 2002. She has spent much time in Buddhist monasteries in both America and Asia. In Thailand, she has spent time at Wat Pah Nanachat, Wat Marp Jan, Wat Boonyawad and Wat Pa Baan Taad.
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: