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Green Papaya & Payap University present Phra Pandit Dhamma Talk-3 March 2011

February 19, 2011

“EVOLUTION OF MIND STATES”

You have all heard about Darwin; his name is forever associated with Evolution. In fact, the idea of evolution had been around before Darwin, but he added the essential mechanism – ‘Natural Selection’ as the crucial force. Together with inheritance and variation these power the evolution of the species.

In the modern era there is much application of these three components, especially in social evolution. Are your habits, desires, and motivations programmed into you by a society protecting it’s social memes?

Curiously, if we apply the same 3 components to the mind as experienced by a meditator, we result with a similar process to what Darwin proposed. But it is not survival of the fittest mind states that results! … at least until we change the selection process.

Speaker: Pandit Bhikkhu, who was born in the United Kingdom, has been living in Thailand since 1996 and has practiced in several ‘Insight’ meditation lineages. He finished a degree in Psychology from Thailand – and is known for comparisons and the using of tools from both the psychological and meditation sides of the practice. Currently he is finishing a further degree in Buddhist Studies and teaching meditation and psychology at Mahachulaongkorn Buddhist University in Bangkok. Since 2007 he has been leading Bangkok’s only active meditation group for English speakers, arranging events large and small on a regular basis under the banner of the Little Bangkok Sangha (www.littlebang.org).

When: Thursday, 3 March 2011 from 7:30pm to 9pm

Venue: Hamlin Chapel (2nd floor), McGilvary College of Divinity, Kaew Nawarat Campus (across from McCormick Hospital),Payap University

This special Payap Presents talk is jointly sponsored by the Green Papaya Sangha in Chiang Mai and the South East Asian Institute of Global Studies of Payap University.

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