Karma (Explained)

So you think Karma is a tough one? Isn’t it one of the so-called ‘imponderables’ ? Thursday 11th December is your chance to find out.

We have invited Thai Bhikkhu Phra Bhasakorn to talk on karma for us on Thursday 11th. He is a Thai monk, but with more than adequate English. In fact you night see a book of his in English around bookstores called Karma for Today’s Traveler. It is the result of years researching the topic both academically and from the standpoint of practise. Phra Bhasakorn lectures on the topic frequently all over Thailand, and claims that if you can get Karma, then the rest of Buddhist practise unfolds before you.

Karma: For Today’s Traveler

A new look at the Buddhist concept of cause and effect, the dazzling processor we call mind, and the fantastic creative power of human intention.

by Phra Bhasakorn Bhavilaikarma-for-todays-traveler

The book itself has some history. It was originally a Master’s Thesis, but the conclusions that it made were not acceptable to the Thai Sangha University. They wanted to steer the findings to fit with the standard theory. In other words they wanted him to toe the party line.

Instead of changing what he considered to be the correct findings to fit the Thai clerical view, he went ahead and published the book himself – an action that forced him to surrender his hard earned Degree.

“I feel that what I wrote is right” he says, “so how can I change it?”

It put him on the outside of the Sangha academic fold, but he persevered and carefully translated the book into English with the help of his friend David Freyer, self publishing it with some success; the book can be found in many places. Though the Thai clergy rejected the work, his jovial nature, and clear thinking have gained him ground as a speaker on the topic, and he is repeatedly invited out to give lectures, even to the point of excess. And being the under dog always has an added appeal for Westerners.

For us though, he will be glad for the change and chance to talk in English. The usual class is 4 hours to complete the topic, but we’ll reign him in to an hour. There will be more chances to invite him back again in the future. Tahn Bhasakorn

Bookmark it :

Thursday 11th December  … Confirmed!

In the cool and quiet Bodhgaya Hall, high up in Amarin Tower, a couple of minutes walk from Chit Lom BTS Station. Bodhgaya Hall is a place we frequent often, so make the effort and make the trip so that it is on your radar. Facilities are kindly offered by DMG Books.

Free of charge as always. No reservation necessary. If you are free come early and chat in the spacious and quiet coffee shop with other regulars.

  • Meet and chat 6pm
  • Sign in 6:30 pm
  • 6:45 start talk, roughly an hour
  • Q&A till 8:30 pm finish.

Location: Bodhgaya Hall

coffee shop at Bodhgaya HallGet out at Chit Lom Skytrain Station, and walk or take the lift (‘elevator’ to Americans) down to the ground floor of the Amarin Tower. From the ground floor, take the lift up to the 22nd floor. DMG is on the right hand side on the 22nd floor, and there is a nice coffee shop there, so you can arrive early for events and meet some of the regulars.

You cannot get up to the 22nd floor via the lift in the Amarin plaza itself. You must go to the lifts on the ground floor, to access the office block above the Amarin Plaza.

Click the maps below for clear directions:

Bodhgaya Hall - Map bodhgaya Hall, Amarin Plaza Tower, Google earth image Wide area Skytrain map

 

 

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The entrance from the ground level:

Ground floor Entrance to Amarin Tower - For Bodhgaya HallAhh, they won’t thank me…

 

The view from Bodhgaya Hall  

View from Bodhgaya Hall

 Canadian Monk U Vamsa’s talk

Inside

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9 Responses to Karma (Explained)

  1. Marcus says:

    Great!

    Looks like a fabulous event! Thank you, and see you there!

    Marcus

    🙂

  2. Cittasamvaro says:

    Wow, that was quick. I only got the post up 10 minutes ago.
    Actually you can meet Phra Bhasakorn tomorrow [Sat 29th Nov] if you are coming. He will join us for lunch. We might even have some copies of the book to hand out.

  3. Jetson Cheng says:

    Will be there. I really like to know more on this topic – karma. Thanks for the email.

  4. Tinny says:

    thanks for sending this – will try to attend

  5. chada vanich says:

    Thank you for the lovely introduction to Bhikkhu Phra Bhasakorn and his book. Sounds like an interesting read. Any idea where I can order the book? I’m Thai but not living in Thailand. Late bloomer in Buddhism so I’m always on the lookout for various interpretations of the Dharmma. Thanks also to the kind people writing all the entries to the Blog. Just can’t stop reading. =)

  6. Tanyong/Sasi says:

    Good information. Nice writing ka by the way. Anumotana! 🙂

  7. Cittasamvaro says:

    We will have some copies of the book to give away tomorrow (on Thursday) for free. I can gladly mail a copy anywhere if needed. It is a handy book, and there is a Thai version also. There are always different interpretations of Karma. Phra Bhasakorn has his own take on the topic.

  8. Mr Rohan & Mrs Tishani says:

    Thank you for organising this.I will be there.

    Rohan

  9. Nancy says:

    I have been looking for this book since my return from Thailand. Can you agvise me ion how to get it?

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