Meet Monk Pandit

Posted: September 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

Photo by Rubby Alvarez

There are many things I like about the UK-born Monk Pandit. He has a Saturday buffet followed by a movie. Many of Monk Pandit’s friends partake of the buffet in the Tai Pan Restaurant located in the Tai Pan Hotel located on Sukhumvit Soi 23, two blocks from the infamous Soi Cowboy.

The sumptous buffet includes tasy entrees along with all the ice scream, coffee and tea you desire.

After the buffet the coterie settles in the screening room to watch documentaries and films like “Marjoe,” “The Secret,” etc.

A spirited discussion follows the screening.

MONK PANDIT holds his Monday evening event at a charming venue at the end of Sukhumvit Soi 1 (near Phloen Chit Skytrain station). From 5-7 p.m. it is social hours. Free sandwiches and beverages are provided. You have to hunt for the donation box.

People from various countries attend the soiree: Korea, Japan, Canada, the USA, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, many from THAILAND, along with other countries.

After the 5-7 p.m. social gathering there is a 40-minute meditation session held on the second floor. Monk Pandit leads the meditation, which is a silent affair. Many of us marvel that the 40 minutes seems to be over in a flash.

I talk to many of the group after “tripping out” event I am told they cannot mediate more than five minutes on their own. With Monk Pandit at the helm, “tripping out” forty minutes is a breeze.

Monk Pandit also holds regular lunch at a veggie Indian restaurant on Silom Soi 6, one block from Pat Pong. The lunch bunch varies from six to twenty.

Monk Pandit conducts yearly seminars-workshops, free, at different venues in Bangkok.

Check out his site

He also conducts weekend meditation retreats at incredibly low rates in exotic places away from Bangkok.

While he is not a Zen monk, he possesses a zense of humor. Take look at his blog. You will see his sparkling wit, zense of humor and joy in his personality.

I asked him if Lord Buddha has a sense of humor? Was the founder of Buddhism always sooooo serious?

“No funny bone in Lord Buddha,” Monk Pandit replied. “The Buddha was against tickling, dancing and making merry in public.”

“Yer kiddin’,” I said.

“Not kiddin, kid,” Monk Pandit said. “Take a look at his 227 rules for monks in the Viyana Sutta. His rules for women exceed 300.”


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