Over the next few weeks John Fischer-White will be helping out at the Monday Shambhala meditation meetings at Monteray Place.
John Fischer-White has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1985. During the past 10 years he has also been studying with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, the son of the great Dzogchen teacher Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He has taught psychology at Webster University in Cha-am , Thailand where he has lived for six years. He teaches classes on Buddhist and western psychology. He received his master’s degree in Psychology from Naropa University in 1985.
The meditation on Monday’s is usually followed by a short discussion of some kind, and John has picked the following topic for the time he will be here in Bangkok:
The 4 Marks of Existence
In his book entitled “What makes you not a Buddhist”, Dzongsar Khentse says “One is a Buddhist if he or she accepts the following four truths”,
All compounded things are impermanent.
All emotions are pain.
All things have no inherent existence.
Nirvana is beyond concepts.
These are referred to as the “Four marks of existence”.
We will review these principles as a starting point to discuss meditation and why we meditate. Accepting these four truths are not only necessary to consider yourself a Buddhist but, they also can help guide your view of meditation and daily living.
Our view of meditation and what we are trying to accomplish, has a big impact on the results of our meditation. Understanding the four marks of existence will help you to reach accomplishment in your meditation. I will review these four marks of existence (sometimes called the three marks of existence) and attempt to make clear how these teachings can be used in your meditation practice.
Monterey Place Condominium Building
On the 7th Floor
398 Soi Phai Sing To, Rama 4 Rd.,
Khlong Toei, Bangkok
Take the subway to the Queen Sirikit Station, exit #4 to Soi Phai Sing To. You’ll see the building, “Monterey Place“, on the right as you’re coming up the escalator out of the subway.
Turn left to get to the soi, and follow the road around to the left, then right, to the front entrance of the building. Take the elevator to the 7th floor, exit to the left. The meditation room is next to the exercise equipment.
A limited amount of secure parking is available on site. These parking spaces must be reserved in advance via telephone or e-mail.
Phone: 086-788-7408 (Jamie) or 02-663-8477 (Andy)
Below is an ariel snap shot, and diagram of directions to Monteray Place. Click to expand them.