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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

Summer Sangha Rain or Shine!

June 23, 2018

It may be thunder and rain outside but our cozy sangha still meets in our warm and dry space at the Yoga Tree every Thursday evening from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  Please join us for a bit of sitting meditation.

We are back!

May 22, 2018

Please join us Thursday evenings at the Yoga Tree at 7:30 pm.  Beginners are warmly welcomed.  Actually, everyone is warmly welcomed!

Welcome Back

April 28, 2018

The Vacation of the Green Papaya is over.  We return refreshed, relaxed and ready.

We will be meeting at our usual place at our usual time at The Yoga Tree at 7:30 pm beginning this Thursday, May 3rd.

See you there.


Vacation for the Green Papaya

March 11, 2018

The Green Papaya Sangha is going on a vacation to ripen a bit.  We will meet again on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30 pm at the Yoga Tree.   Relax.  Breathe.  Enjoy.  See you in May.

Ajarn Sundara Joins the Green Papaya

January 29, 2018
The Yoga Tree and the Green Papaya Sangha welcome Ajarn Sundara, one of the first women to ordain in the Thai forest monk tradition, this Thursday, February 1st at 7:30 pm at the Yoga Tree.

Ajahn Sundara is French and was born in a liberal non-religious family. After studying dance, she worked and taught for a few years in that field. In her early thirties she encountered the Dhamma through Ajahn Sumedho’s teachings and a ten day retreat that he led in England. Her interest in Buddhist teachings grew, and in 1979 she joined monastic community of Chithurst Monastery where she was ordained as one of the first four women novices. In 1983 she was given the Going Forth as a sīladhāra (ten precept nun) by Ajahn Sumedho. Since then she has participated in the establishment of the nuns’ community, and for the last twenty years has taught and led meditation retreats in Europe and North America. As of 2011, she lives at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.

Mindful Meal at Free Bird Cafe

January 26, 2018

“There is nothing else filling your mind as you chew — no projects, no deadlines, no worries, no ‘to do’ list, no fears, no sorrow, no anger, no past, and no future. There is just this meal.”            –Thich Nhat Hanh.

Join the Monday Mindful Meal at Free Bird Cafe with the Green Papaya Sangha. We will enjoy this meal in silence, mindful of each bite, aware of the people and elements that resulted in this delicious meal.  This coming Monday, January 29, at 6 pm.

Minimum donation for the buffet is 350b, 100% vegan.   

Menu:  There will be a Shan salad, fritters, (sometimes they are fried pumpkin or pennywort or black beans, etc in a batter of chickpea flour) a curry and rice or a noodle dish. Water to drink.

Please book your meal in advance at Free Bird Cafe where we will note your name upon payment.

We plan to make this a monthly event if there is enough interest and the menu will change every month.

As always at Free Bird Cafe, 100% of the profits from the meal are donated to Thai Freedom House, a language and arts learning center for refugees from Burma.

See you there!

Thai Forest Monk Coming to the Papaya

January 22, 2018
This Thursday, January 25th at 7:30 Phra Panlop will be joining us.  He will be giving some brief remarks followed by a question and answer period.  So please bring your questioning mind!
Phra Panlop is an ordained Thai monk and abbot of Wat Dhammaram in Li, Lamphun, a temple he established in the  tradition of the Thai forest masters. Phra Panlop was a close student of Ajahn Maha Bua, an outstanding meditation master, Dhamma teacher, and key figure in the Thai forest tradition. Prior to his ordination, Phra Panlop worked for international companies and worked abroad. He holds an MBA from Chulalongkorn University.

Ajarn Santikaro

November 21, 2017

On Thursday, November 30 at 19:30 at the Yoga Tree, the Green Papaya Sangha welcomes Ajarn Santikaro for a dharma talk:

Suffering:  Escape, Embrace, or Fix?

Ajarn Santikaro first came to Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer where he became interested in Buddhism.  After completing four years of service he traveled down to Wat Suan Mokh where he ordained as a monk with the Venerable Buddhadasa, one of the most famous and influential Thai monks of the 20th century.  Ajarn Santikaro was Buddhadasa’s primary translator.  He also translated and edited Mindfulness with Breathing and Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree. 

Presently Ajarn Santikaro and his wife Jo Marie are stewards of Liberation Park, a Buddhist Dhamma refuge in Wisconsin in the United States.