Note: the venue for this event has been changed – previously it was to be held at DMG, Amarin Tower. Due to the early closing of Amarin tower (due to the protests) we are switching to the equally convenient and comfortable Baan Aree Library, close to the Ari BTS Station – maps and directions below..
Visiting Vipassana teacher Ajahn Pannyavaro will give a dhamma talk at Baan Aree Library, on Thursday 13th May. Talk will be in English. Details:
Thursday 13th May
‘Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional’
Dhamma Talk by Visiting Vipassana teacher
Baan Aree Library (Ari BTS station)
6:30 – 8:15 pm
The whole event will be conducted in English only
We will all experience pain in greater or lesser ways. Does this have to translate into mental suffering? In Theravada this is often called ‘The Second Arrow’ – the sutta story says a man shot with an arrow would be unwise to take a second arrow and pierce himself with it. This speaks of our human tendency to create extra suffering out of the inevitable pain that will afflict us at different times.
Ajahn Pannyavaro will talk on this subject from the pragmatic aspect of the meditator. How can pain and suffering be related to in meditation, and in contemplation of daily life? And how does one learn from pain and trials, and grow from them?
about Ven. Pannyavaro . . .
Venerable Pannyavaro is an Australian Buddhist monk, ordained for 30 years, who has devoted his life to the meditational aspects of the Buddha’s teachings. During his meditation training he practiced under several meditation masters in Sri Lanka and Burma including Venerable Sayadaw U Janaka of Chanmyay Meditation Centre, Rangoon, who is the foremost disciple of the renowned Burmese meditation master, the late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw.
Pannyavaro was involved in the beginnings of a number of the very early Buddhist communities in Australia. He later received full ordination at Wat Borvornivet in Bangkok under Venerable Phra Nyanasamvarva, the Sangha Raja of Thailand.
For the past thirty years, he has studied and practiced meditation in most of the major Theravada Buddhist countries, including long periods of intensive practise of Satipatthana-Vipassana meditation at the Mahasi Sayadaw centres in Burma.
As a Western meditation teacher, Ven. Pannyavaro naturally empathizes with the concerns and needs of meditators in their own culture. His long training and life experience combine to bring a practical in-depth approach to the teaching of insight (vipassana)meditation in contemporary life.
Pannyavaro was the resident teacher with the Buddha Dharma Education Association Centre, Sydney and gives retreats from time to time at the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, Medlow Bath. Most recently he has set up Bodhi Tree monastery and retreat centre in Eastern Australia: http://www.buddhanet.net/bodhi-tree/
He is perhaps best known however for setting up and maintaining probably the internet’s most comprehensive resource on Buddhism : www.buddhanet.net
6:30 gather at the Baan Aree Library (close to Ari BTS Station)
7:00 Dhamma talk
8:15 (ish) finish – we are not including a meditation session, since we already have meditation every Monday!
There is no need for advance registration, and the event is free of charge. Donations can be made to Ajahn Pannyavaro’s temple and Buddhanet.net project.
Baan Aree Library is a thriving dhamma site with library, meeting hall, and lots of excellent events organised in Thai. The Library itself is open daily from 9 am – 7 pm and has a few books in English, including much of the Tripitaka (Scriptures). The new Dhamma Hall is airconditioned and set in the attractive grounds, with many very reasonably priced vegetarian food stalls open in the daytime.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Baan Aree as the place where our Little Bangkok Sangha first started with the generous offering of great facilities free of charge for the English speaking community in Bangkok. Our group would not have gotten going otherwise.
Baan Aree has regular Dhamma meetings in Thai which are listed at their Thai website: http://baanaree.net/ .
The Library is right on the Skytrain line. Go to Ari BTS station and walk back towards the victory monument about 20 meters and you should see the passage way to Baan Aree Library on the right hand side.
Do arrive early and meet with some of the regulars in the coffee shop in the compound. Baan Aree car park is accessible from the rear (Soi Ari 1) where you see the sign for ‘ BANANA FAMILY PARK ‘. Bus routes 8, 28, 29, 38, 54, 63, 74, 77, 108, 157, 177, 502, 503, 509, and 510 all pass by. Get out at Ari BTS Station.
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click map below for a wide area view of Baan Aree location:
Baan Aree, Bahn Aree, Bahn Ari, Baan Ari are all the same thing – just various transliterations from the Thai. The Skytrain station is usually written ‘Ari’, while the Library itself usually renders it as ‘Baan Aree’ .