Venerable U Vansarakkhita: VPL June 12

May 27, 2007

Venerable U VansarakkhitaDhamma Talk

The teachings of the Buddha:

simple, practical, powerful

. . .

Alma van Dusen Room

Vancouver Public Library

Tuesday · June 12 · 7-9pm

[suggested by Jennifer]

[message from Lisa Fancott follows]

“The teachings of the Buddha; simple, practical and powerful” with Venerable U Vansarakkhita
Date: Tuesday June 12
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Alma Van Dusen Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street , Vancouver
Dhamma Talk, followed by guided meditation and Q+A
Please bring your own cushions. Chairs will be provided for those who do not sit on the floor.
Free of charge. Dana will be accepted.

Bhante U Vansarakkhita has had an interesting and dynamic life path. He was born in Ontario, studied in Nova Scotia and worked in Vancouver. In his lay life U Vansa began meditating at age 17. He was a student leader, made the Dean’s List at University and later served as President to various charities, while he worked as both a financial planner and a film actor.

Venerable U Vansa met Chanmyay/Sayadaw U Janaka, a student of Mahasi Sayadaw in 1991. In 1994 he took a one year sabbatical from work to begin intensive Vipassana/Metta Practice with Sayadaw in Burma. U Vansa continued to visit and practice with Sayadaw in intensive retreats.

U Vansa was drawn to Sayadaw U Janaka as a teacher because of his clarity and knowledge of the Vinaya, Pali Canon and teaching methods. His practice and understanding of the Buddha’s teachings grew and improved dramatically under Sayadaw’s guidance.

As a teacher, U Vansa is committed to convey the simple everyday usefulness of the Buddha’s teaching while inspiring those around him to explore and experience the Path to Freedom that the Buddha so clearly and elegantly lived.

U Vansa has travelled extensively throughout Asia, North America, and Europe guiding the “slow” retreats of metta-vipassana meditation- sometimes as an assistant to Sayadaw U Janaka, sometimes as a solo meditation teacher. He has an excellent sense of directness and humour.

Venerable U Vansa spends Rains Retreat (Vassa, Pansa) guiding monks in meditation at Dhammodaya Meditation Center ( Nakhon Pathom , Thailand ).

Lisa Fancott
Specialist in Gender, Trade and small enterprise development
Tel. 604-960-0427
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