Saturday 10th September
Dhamma Talk with Meditation Teacher
‘What We Learn on a Meditation Retreat’
…followed by lunch…
At Baan Aree
Fresh from teaching a Vipassana retreat in Hawaii, we’re glad to welcome Steven Smith back to Bangkok and host a Dhamma session with him at the excellent Baan Aree complex. Steven should be known to most of you – he has done a number of talks for us before, all well received.
The great thing about being back at Baan Aree, where our Little Bangkok Sangha began, is the vegetarian food court. There are 10+ different shops, with a spectacular range of food. And it is all extremely reasonable in price. Everyone is invited to mingle and lunch afterwards (buy your own).
Meet at Baan Aree 9:30am Saturday 10th September.
Dhamma Talk and meditation 10-12 noon
Lunch in the great vegetarian food area of Baan Aree.
Event is free of charge, and there is no need to book in advance. The Dhamma Hall has plenty of space.
Steven co-founded Vipassana Hawai’i in 1984 and in 1995 founded the MettaDana Project for educational and medical projects in Burma. Also in 1995 Steven helped establish the Kyaswa Valley Retreat Center in Burma, headed by Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery. This partnership helped usher in the beginnings of Vipassana Hawai’i’s Fusion Dhamma approach combining traditional and contemporary teaching styles in the same retreat. Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, he was trained and sanctioned as a teacher by revered monk and meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita. Steven divides his time teaching Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity) meditation retreats around the world, and assisting Burmese refugee communities along the Thai-Burma border. His long term vision for preserving the Dhamma is culminating in the beginnings of the Hawai’i Insight Meditation Center (HIMC) on the Big Island of Hawai’i’s remote North Kohala coast.
Baan Aree is a delightful Dhamma oasis close to the Ari BTS Station. There is a library, Dhamma Hall, ponds, veggie food stalls, coffee shop and more. If you are in Bangkok you should definitely acquaint yourself with this niche.
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.
Baan Aree has regular Dhamma meetings in Thai which are listed at their Thai website: http://baanaree.net/ .
Baan Aree is directly 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.
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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