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Day of Mindfulness New Date December 2

November 16, 2018

Dear Friends,

All is IMPERMANENTIMPERMANENCE is one of the three marks of existence.  So we are changing the date of our Day of Mindfulness from November 25 to Sunday, December 2nd.  Mark your calendars.  See you there.


Day of Mindfulness

November 7, 2018

We will no longer be having Thursday nights at the Yoga Tree.  We have had a long strong run of twelve years of Thursday nights but the Green Papaya is going to change its focus to our

Days of Mindfulness. 

The rain has stopped, the forest is beautiful and green, the air is fresh.

This is a perfect time to enjoy the wonders of life and reconnect to ourselves.

Join us for a Day of Mindfulness at Wat Palaad on Sunday 25 November.

We will meet at 9am at the start of the nature trail (here is a map to get there).

We will start with a 45min walking meditation through the forest.

You can also meet us at Wat Palaad at 10am if you do not want to walk up.

At Wat Palaad we will practice sitting meditation, touching the Earth, dharma sharing and mindful eating.

Please bring your own vegetarian lunch to enjoy and mosquito repellent.

We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes that cover your knees and shoulders (out of respect for the monks).

We will end around 1:30pm and you are free to stay for a bit longer or return by yourself on the beautiful nature trail.

Participation is free of charge and we will offer the possibility to practice generosity by giving a donation to a charity or good cause if you want.

If you have any questions, email

A lotus for you, Buddhas to be.

Last Session before Vacation

September 10, 2018

Dear Friends,

Please join us this Thursday, September 13th for our last meeting of the Green Papaya before we go on vacation.

Gaston will be leading our session.  He just returned from four months in Plum Village France.  Please join us.

Thursday, September 13th at 7:30 pm at the Yoga Tree.  We will be on vacation for the rest of September and all of October and . . . .

Sitting Plum Village Style

September 6, 2018

Please join us this Thursday for meditation in the tradition of the Vietnamese Zen Monk Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh led by our own Gaston Schmitz 19:30 to 21:00 at the Yoga Tree this Thursday, September 6th

Meditation in the Tradition of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh

August 21, 2018

Please join us this Thursday for meditation in the tradition of the Vietnamese Zen Monk Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh led by our own Gaston Schmitz back from a four month retreat at Thich Nhat Hanh’s home temple Plum Village in France. 19:30 to 21:00 at the Yoga Tree this Thursday, August 23rd.

Welcome Back Venerable Phra Le

August 7, 2018
The Venerable Phra Le will giving a dharma talk at the Green Papaya Sangha this Thursday, August 9 at the Yoga Tree at 7:30 pm
Phra Le Tan Hoa is a Buddhist monk from Vietnam. He is currently serving as a Meditation Coach at The Cabin (an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center) and gives dharma talks to spiritual communities in Chiang Mai. He is a graduate of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya Buddhist University.

Meditation in the Three Buddhist Traditions

July 9, 2018

Welcome Venerable Ani Pema (Karen Schaefer) this Thursday, July 12 at the Yoga Tree at 19:30.

Meditation in the Three Buddhist Traditions

What are the meditation practices in the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajarayana traditions?

Venerable Ani Pema is an ordained nun in the Vajrayana (Tibetan) tradition. Ani Pema brings many years of practice and study of classical yoga, Indian philosophy and Buddhism in Bhutan, India, Taiwan and Thailand. She directed a meditation center in Sydney, Australia for six years where she also taught in hospitals and prisons. She was a counselor up at New Life Foundation in Chiang Rai for two years specializing in Yoga for Anxiety and Trauma and conducted meditation workshops and retreats. Most recently she was in Pune and Mumbai India where she worked with social activists and therapists who worked in suicide prevention, domestic violence and with children of special needs