CHIANG RAI – Ani Konchog Lhamo, a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, taught a practice on tonglen (giving/receiving) to eight attendees at the meeting for the Chiang Rai Buddhist Group on Sunday, March 2.
The meeting was the sixth for the group, which meets every Sunday at Klang Wian temple in downtown Chiang Rai from 9:30 am to 11: 00 am.
Ani led the group through a practice which involved meditating on stillness and space, the images of texture such as breathing in sticky, hot smoke, which is breathed out as cool light. The third stage involves breathing in a specific painful situation, connecting with the suffering of others. And then breathing out good will to those who are suffering.
Ani Konchog Lhamo is a psychologist and passionate photographer as well as a Buddhist nun. Currently, she is a therapist and dhamma teacher at the New Life Foundation near Chiang Rai but she also teaches in Norway at the Karma Tashi Ling, the seat of Tibetan Buddhism in Norway. She will be leaving for Norway shortly.
Tony MacGregor, one of the organizers of the group, thanked all those who attended. “And thanks also to Klang Wian temple for giving us the space. There’s definitely a lot of interest in Buddhism amongst foreigners here, and many tourists are keen to learn about Buddhism while they’re in Thailand.”
MacGregor added that the Sunday afternoon sessions are a great place to ask questions about Buddhism and try out meditation.
For more information about the Chiang Rai Buddhist group, contact Tony MacGregor at 089-207-7806, [email protected]