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The Simile of the Cook – Proper and Improper Attention

August 9, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Simile of the Cook – Proper and Improper Attention

Speaker: Ayya Phalañāṇī (Joining online from Germany)

Wed 9 Aug | 7-8.30pm AEST

Location: In person at Metta Centre (Bankstown) or Online (Zoom link below)

Cost: Free


In the Sutta, ‘the two cooks’, SN47.8 the Buddha presents a simile by which he explains, what makes one a good cook or practitioner or a bad one. And it is not the method, or the amount of time we practice that makes the difference… Tune in to hear what the Buddha had to say about it. Ayya will read and guide through the sutta.


About the speaker: Ayya Phalañāṇī Therī was born in 1959 in Germany. At age 19 she encountered Zen Buddhism in Düsseldorf and went to a retreat at Sogenji, Japan with Shodo Harada Roshi. Meditation and studying the Suttas was a part of her life since then. She followed a career as actress and comedian until 2007, when she went to Thailand where she practiced Vipassana with Ajahn Suphan und Ajahn Tong. In June 2008 she took the robes, being allowed to practice like a monk and to undertake the 10 precepts. She received ordination as a bhikkhuni on the 29.08.2010 with Ayya Tathālokā Mahatherī in Aranya Bodhi Hermitage in NorCal, USA. After her full ordination Ayya Phalañāṇī returned to Thailand to train with her teachers and to continue her meditation retreat. In 2012 she spent several months in Santi Forest Monastery in Australia. In 2013 she left for a meditation retreat and spent 5 more years in a remote and poor village monastery in the mountains of Chiang Mai area, Wat Pa Mieang Khun Pang. Since April 2018 she is abbess at Anenja Vihara in Germany where she teaches and trains nuns and laypeople.


Hybrid event: Attend the session in person, or online by clicking on this link to access the session: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83506489824?pwd=cmpNQ1ljSmFVYURLWVN1dWllYUN1dz09 Alternatively, you can dial in from your telephone (call charges apply): +61 2 8015 6011 | Meeting ID: 835 0648 9824| Passcode: 718905

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