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Gotama and the Earth Goddess

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Period:13 Feb 2016 - 26 Mar 2016

Address:Sukhumvit 148 Rd., Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 09:45-12:00

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Expats in Bangkok are invited to a new course in Buddhism which will run for seven consecutive Saturday mornings, from 9.45am-11.30am, starting tomorrow until March 26, at the Rojana Dhamma Centre.

Each week covers a different theme of Buddhism including the history, the legends, philosophy, meditation and key teachings.

Most expats in Thailand have noticed how deeply Thai culture is rooted in Buddhist concepts but the modern interpretation and practice of Thai monks and monasteries remains beguiling. The philosophy of Buddhism extends beyond monasteries and into the Thai psyche and behaviour.

The first class is “Gotama and the Earth Goddess” which explains the image found on the wall of the central chapel in most monasteries in central Thailand. It depicts the cosmic battle between the Bodhisattva and Mara (demon). The Buddha-to-be calls upon the Earth Goddess for help. This scene is one of the most iconic of Thai temple art and is a visual description of enlightenment itself.

All classes will be led by British-born Buddhist monk Pandit Bhikkhu, an experienced public speaker and one of Bangkok’s busiest meditation teachers. He has been organising events for meditation and dharma in Bangkok since 2007 and his talks are both informative and entertaining.

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The ‘Gotama and the Earth Goddess’ class will take place tomorrow.

Expats in Bangkok are invited to a new course in Buddhism which will run for seven consecutive Saturday mornings, from 9.45am-11.30am, starting tomorrow until March 26, at the Rojana Dhamma Centre.

Each week covers a different theme of Buddhism including the history, the legends, philosophy, meditation and key teachings.

Most expats in Thailand have noticed how deeply Thai culture is rooted in Buddhist concepts but the modern interpretation and practice of Thai monks and monasteries remains beguiling. The philosophy of Buddhism extends beyond monasteries and into the Thai psyche and behaviour.

The first class is “Gotama and the Earth Goddess” which explains the image found on the wall of the central chapel in most monasteries in central Thailand. It depicts the cosmic battle between the Bodhisattva and Mara (demon). The Buddha-to-be calls upon the Earth Goddess for help. This scene is one of the most iconic of Thai temple art and is a visual description of enlightenment itself.

All classes will be led by British-born Buddhist monk Pandit Bhikkhu, an experienced public speaker and one of Bangkok’s busiest meditation teachers. He has been organising events for meditation and dharma in Bangkok since 2007 and his talks are both informative and entertaining.

The 46-year-old monk began his monastic career at 24 and was ordained in Ratchaburi province of Thailand two years later. He finished a degree in psychology (taught in Thai) and is completing an MA in Buddhist studies.

Previous experience is not necessary to join this course, which is laid out in a secular format in neutral surroundings. The Rojana Centre is a spacious and quiet facility located on Sukhumvit 23, close to Asok BTS and Sukhumvit MRT stations.

There is a one-time course fee of 200 baht, which covers all the classes. Each week covers a separate topic, summaries of which will be on the main website.


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Sukhumvit 148 Rd., Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

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