It is always exciting to announce the Dhamma Talks each year – this is the one big event for Buddhism in English in Bangkok each year ….
The 6th Annual Dhamma Talk Series
for the Rains Retreat period 2011
‘The Dance of Emptiness’
Starting Monday August 8th – to Sept. 26th
Monday evenings at the Dance Centre, school of performing arts
Sukhumvit 24 (map and directions below)
Every year, during the Buddhist ‘Rains’ retreat period, monks and nuns are not allowed to travel, and instead stay in their temples for an intensive study of Buddhism and meditation. So it is a proper time for taking time to learn something about Buddhism, or increase your study and practise if you are already a meditator!
Everyone is welcome. There are no special temple rites or rituals, nor special observances to follow. This year we are kindly hosted by the Dance Centre: School of Performing Arts, so everyone should feel quite at ease.
The hall is air-conditioned and there is plenty of space. No need for advance registration, and there is no charge for the events.
42 year old Ven. Cittasamvaro has been a British Bhikkhu (monk) in Thailand for 14 years. Ordaining in Rajaburi Province in 1996, he has since moved to Bangkok where he studies and teaches at the Monks University. He practised with various teachers before settling in Thailand.
This is the sixth year giving a Dhamma Talk series in Bangkok in the Rains period. For the last 5 years he has been leading the Little Bangkok Sangha, arranging various talks, retreats and workshops around Bangkok, and inviting different speakers and meditation teachers
Monday evenings from August 8th to September 26th
6:15-6:30 – gather at the Dance Centre, Sukhumvit 24 (map/directions below)
6:45-7:45 – Dhamma Talk
7:45-8:10 – Silent meditation with brief instructions for beginners
8:10-8:25 – Q&A
This year’s theme is based around ‘Emptiness’. This is one of the most important concepts and practises to a meditator – however you don’t need prior knowledge of Buddhism. The talks aim to be light, interesting, and easy to follow. For a full list of the topics week by week please click here.
The Dance Centre is 820 meters down Sukhumvit Soi 24, from Phrom Phong BTS. From MRT you can taxi, walk or motorcycle from Queen Sirikit Station. If you are walking – it is not far, but there’s a lot of winding and turning to do through the small lanes.
Enter into the President Park Building, and go up the red carpet to the Capitol Club
Just to make it easier – here is what you will see as you arrive;
LITTLE BANGKOK SANGHA
Since there is little dhamma/meditation in English in Bangkok, for the last few years a few of us have been banding together and arranging events. We try to do everything for free, on donation basis only, so that anyone can join in. Since we have no center or buildings, we have hardly any costs – but it means we move about town to different venues as convenient.
All are welcome to join in more closely – there are some neat people involved. Its fine to just be a quiet observer in the background, or make yourself known to some of the regulars if you would like to join in the more social activities.
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