June 9 and 10, 2009, Canadian Bhikkhu Ajahn Tiradhammo will be giving two public talks, one in Thai and one in English, at Baan Aree Library.
Ajahn Tiradhammo is the current abbot of the Luang Phor Chah temple near Wellington, New Zealand. He has been teaching dhamma and leading retreats for many years in his friendly and incisive way.
- Tuesday June 9th, Dhamma Talk at Baan Aree Library, 6-8 pm in THAI
- Wednesday June 10th, Dhamma Talk at Baan Aree Library 6-8pm in ENGLISH only
Now 60 years old, he became interested in Dhamma in his student years while travelling through Sri Lanka. Coming to Thailand and meditating at Wat Umong, he took ordination at Wat MMeung Man in Chiang Mai with Venerable Tong in 1974.
In 1975 he moved to study with Ajahn Cha at Wat Pa Pong and Wat Pa Nanachat. He went on several tudong journeys through the northeast of Thailand and the mountains of Chiang Mai, visiting many famous forest meditation masters.
Venerable Tiradhammo was invited to England in 1982 to help with developments there. He spent two years at Chithurst Monastery, and three years in charge of Harnham Vihara in Northumberland. In 1988 he helped establish Dhammapala Monastery near Bern, Switzerland and also later at its new location in the Bernese Alpine village of Kandersteg where he was the senior monk until 2005. In July 2005 he assumed the position of senior monk at Bodhinyanarama, Wellington, NZ
Baan Aree Library is a thriving dhamma site with library, meeting hall, and lots of events organised in Thai. The Library itself is open daily from 9 am - 7 pm and has a few books in English. The new Dhamma Hall is airconditioned and set in the attractive grounds, with many very reasonably priced vegetarian food stalls.
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, close to Ari Station. 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.
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 compound usually writes it as ‘Baan Aree’ .