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Ajarn Amaro in Bangkok this Weekend

June 13, 2016
Dear Friends,

If you are in Bangkok this weekend, here is a wonderful opportunity to see a warm, humorous, insightful teacher.  We are hoping that Ajarn Amaro will come to Chiang Mai.


In the meantime, please join us this Thursday at the Yoga Tree.

Let’s Sit

May 9, 2016

Scientists tell us that meditation is good for us.  We know this. The Buddha knew this 2600 years ago.

And what is good for us is good for everyone.  Good for all the animals and good for the plants.  And good for our dear Mother Earth.

Let’s do it.

See you Thursday.

Yoga Tree.

19:30 – 21:00.




Welcome Back Green Papaya

April 26, 2016

The Green Papaya Sangha has returned from its well deserved vacation.  We meet at the usual place at the usual time: the Yoga Tree every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.

Looking forward to sitting together.

Papaya Holiday

March 5, 2016
Dear Friends,

The Green Papaya Sangha is going on a holiday!  We will have one last wonderful meeting of our cozy little sangha this Thursday, March 10th (please come).  We will be returning after Songkran on Thursday, April 21st.

Enjoy your practice.  Enjoy your life.

Josh Korda at the Green Papaya

February 16, 2016
We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to host a dharma talk by Josh Korda, this Thursday, February 18th at 7:30 pm at the Yoga Tree.  For those of you who attended last Thursday’s dharma talk, Josh Korda is the New York equivalent of Los Angeles’s Dave Smith.  Both Dharma Punx, both Against the Stream.  Both excellent heartfelt speakers.

Josh Korda began his studies in Theravada Buddhism in 1996 and  received his initial teacher training with Noah Levine. He has been a meditation teacher at Dharma Punx NYC since 2005. He also teaches at, a non-profit organisation that trains hospice volunteers.

Here is a taste of Josh Korda:


Dave Smith Coming to the Green Papaya

February 7, 2016

Dharma Punk Dave Smith will be giving a dharma talk at the Green Papaya Sangha this Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 pm.  You will definitely want to come. See you there.

mindfulness retreat ThailandAbout Dave Smith: Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher and addiction treatment specialist trained to teach by Noah Levine, founder of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, and has received training in Buddhist psychology from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS). As a long-time Buddhist practitioner and recovering addict, he has been working closely with recovering addicts for the past six years, during which time he operated intensive programs and trainings as the local director for the Mind Body Awareness Project (MBA). Dave has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. He is the guiding teacher and program director of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches over 300 meditation classes and workshops a year. He provides direct services for Mental Health Agencies, Public Libraries, and speaks regularly at Addiction and Behavioral Health Conferences.

Healing Anger Retreat

January 8, 2016

Green Papaya Sangha is pleased to present

Healing Anger:  

The Wisdom of Peace and Forgiveness:

A practical guide to transformation and healing

based upon “Patience” by Shantideva

with Venerable Tenzin Namjong

Venerable Tenzin Namjong will present  a practical guide of various tools, techniques and methods to overcome anger and hatred.  The workshop will be based on the “Patience Chapter” of great classic Indian text Bodhisattvacharyavatara by Shantideva.  It will include several meditations so that participants may learn how to integrate these teachings within their minds and hearts, leading to real transformation and healing.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Ven. Tenzin Namjong, is now in his tenth year of the Geshe (Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy) at Sera Je Monastery in Bylakuppe, India. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton University and is a registered teacher within the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), and teaches regularly in Bangalore, India. He has studied and trained in Zen and Theravada traditions.

Ven Namjong will be here with his teacher (who is not proficient in English) Ven. Geshe Chimey Tsering. Geshe-la fled his homeland of Tibet to come to India in 1986.  He graduated as a Geshe Lharampa  from Sera Je Monastery, finishing with the highest marks of his graduating class.  He is now professor of Buddhist philosophy at Sera Je Monastic University.

Yoga Tree

Thursday, January 21,  7:30 – 9:15 pm

Friday, January 22, 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Saturday, January 23, 8:00 – 9:30 pm

For further information please contact

By Donation (please be generous)

Making the Most of the Time We Have

January 6, 2016

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Making the Most of the Time We Have
a public talk with
Lama Anyen Rinpoche at Yoga Tree this Saturday 09 January from 14:00 to 16:00.

This event is sponsored by Shambhala.
An introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Lojong teachings, a set of antidotes to the mental habits that cause us suffering.
These practical teachings help us connect with the world in an unconditionally positive way which encourages us to take full responsibility for our experience with it.

Anyen Rinpoche was born in Amdo, Tibet. His lineage can be traced back directly to the renowed Dzogchen master Patrul Rinpoche. He is a heart son of Tsara Dharmakirti Rinpoche, a renowed master of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition.
Anyen Rinpoche lives in Denver, Colorado, where he founded the Orgyen Khamdroling sangha and a shedra for Westerners to support those who are interested in practicing the Longchen Nyingthig teachings authentically.

Suggested donation is 350 baht.


Dharma Punx Retreat at New Life Foundation

December 29, 2015

360 Degree Mindfulness:

Cultivating Internal and Interpersonal Awareness Retreat with Josh Korda and Kathy Cherry

21 February – 26 February, 2016

Buddhist mindfulness retreat

Interpersonal spiritual practice brings the awareness of silent meditation into our relationship with others. Developing receptive, non-judgmental awareness in dialogue, we create safe containers for each other’s awareness and freedom. Quiet meditations will be interspersed with guided practices, along with mindful interpersonal interactions, which support investigating our shared human experience, and opens the possibility of achieving peace and liberation together.

This retreat welcomes both new and seasoned practitioners. It will offer step-by-step instructions in both traditional awareness meditations and meditative interactions. This retreat will be held in a container of noble silence with time dedicated to dialogue practices and interviews with teachers.

mindfulness recovery retreatAbout Josh Korda:

Josh Korda began his studies in Theravada Buddhism in 1996 and  received his initial teacher training with Noah Levine. He has been a meditation teacher at Dharma Punx NYC since 2005. He also teaches at, a non-profit organisation that trains hospice volunteers. Josh has had the honor to study with countless other spiritual practitioners, including Ajahns Geoff, Sucitto, Amaro, Brahm, Vajiro, Sharon Salzberg and Tara Brach, to name a few.

About Kathy Cherry:

Kathy is a meditation teacher and classically trained metalsmith and jewellery designer. She runs the Dharma Punx NYC Buddhist meditation and recovery community with Josh and also facilitates a meditation group in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Retreat Information:

The retreat is open to all levels of meditators. The language of instruction will be English. Kindly note that much of the retreat will be held in silence, interspersed with mindful insight dialogue practices. Outside of retreat sessions, retreat participants will also be expected to adhere to noble silence during the time that our entire community practices noble silence, from 21:30pm until 08:00am the next morning (until 09:00am on Sundays).

The retreat will begin on the evening of Sunday, February 21 at 19:30pm. It will end on the afternoon of Friday, February 26.

Check-in will take place from 13:30pm to 16:00pm on Sunday, February 21. A tour will take place at 17:00pm the same day, and dinner will be served at 18:30pm.

Places are limited so please sign up immediately so that we can reserve a room for you. For more information, please contact us at:

Please DO NOT send your retreat fee prior to registering with us at the above email address. Kindly send an email first to check room availability.

Please note that New Life is a non-profit organisation. The fee covers only the costs of holding the retreat, including food, electricity, accommodation, and the teacher’s travel expenses. Being a young foundation, we need a lot of support, so additional donations are very welcome! Please help us spread the word and bring some friends.

We are a vegetarian community. Simple, healthy meals will be served, consisting of breakfast with fruit, eggs, cereal, bread, and yoghurt, and Thai-style meals for lunch and dinner. We cannot cater to special diets, but do let us know if have any food allergies.

All rooms come with ensuite bathroom, warm water shower, ceiling fan, sheets and towels. The number of places available are limited so please register quickly.

Retreat fee:

9000 baht per person, ensuite single room

The retreat fee covers 5 nights’ accommodation on February 21/22/23/24/25 and all meals.

NB: An added cost of 800 baht per person per night applies if you wish to stay at the foundation after the retreat ends. Please check space availability with us at time of registration. The retreat fee must be paid in full, in advance. Please notify us of payment details and send a copy of the transfer receipt so that we can complete your registration. 

Want to stay for longer? Enquire about our resident or volunteer programs!

Location: New Life Foundation

No. 49 Moo 1, Tambol Don Sila, Amphoe Wiang Chai, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The retreat fee does not include transportation to and from the retreat location. There are a number of low-cost carriers within Thailand and the Asia region if you would like to fly to Chiang Rai. Buses are also a good option. Taxis and tuk-tuks that will take you straight to the foundation can be hired at the airport or bus station.

Things to bring:

–       Light, comfortable clothing, e.g. loose pants, shirts, skirts and shawls

–       A light jumper or jacket and socks as it can be a little cool in February

–       A raincoat or umbrella in case of rain

–       Mosquito repellent: this is a natural environment and we do not use pesticides

–       A bathing suit: if you would like to use the swimming pool or steam bath

–       A torch: the foundation grounds are very dark at night

–       A refillable water bottle: we have a natural filtration system for drinking water

–       Your own toiletries

–       Your own cup or mug

Inside the Now- Meditations on Time

December 19, 2015

Wishing all a Peaceful Holiday Season!
The Green Papaya Sangha meets at the Yoga Tree every Thursday evening at 7:30 pm.
We will be meeting this Thursday, Christmas Eve and next Thursday, New Year’s Eve too.

Cosmos one FlowerThe entire cosmos can sing to us with the voice of a Wild Flower-
Thich Nhat Hanh
from his beautiful new book: Inside the Now-Meditations on Time.

​Beginning​​ with an autobiographical reflection in which we hear the voice of the young monk, poet, and community-builder struggling in war-torn Vietnam to develop a Buddhism relevant to the suffering of his time. These early experiences lay the groundwork for Thich Nhat Hanh’s insights into the nature of time and interbeing.

In part two, we hear the clear, direct voice of the Zen Master challenging us to open our hearts, seize the moment, and touch the now.

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