Khunying Damrongthammasan: Thailand's Remarkable Female Dhamma Practitioner (in Thai with English subtitles)
at The Royal Thai Embassy 29-30 Queen's Gate, London from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Based on his long-term research on the remarkable life and literary work of Khunying Damrongthammasan (1882-1944), together with a Thai team Dr Seeger has produced a 60 minute documentary film that will be shown to the public for the first time. This film is about the wrongful authorship attribution of an important Buddhist treatise, which was formerly believed to have been written by one of Thailands most famous and influential monks. Dr Seeger and his Thai colleague have recently demonstrated that this treatise was in fact authored by the hitherto little-known devout Buddhist woman, Khunying Damrongthammasan (Yai Wisetsiri). The film tells the story of Khunying Yais inspiring Buddhist practice and her Buddhist texts, which are widely regarded as masterpieces of Buddhist scholarship. (The BBC reported on Dr Seegers findings on the wrongful authorship attribution of Khunying Yais texts: see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21936656)
About Dr Martin Seeger
Dr Seeger is Associate Professor of Thai Studies at the University of Leeds. From 1997-2000 he was ordained as a Buddhist monk in northern Thailand and subsequently earned his MA and doctorate in Thai Studies at the University of Hamburg. He has done research on the biographies and veneration of Thai female Buddhist practitioners, Thai Buddhism and environmentalism, Human Rights in Thai Theravada Buddhism and development monks in the northeastern region of Thailand.
The film will take approximately 60 mins followed by a Q & A and light finger food. Entry charge £15.00, Students £10.00.
Calendar of Events
Thursday 9th March
Monday 20th March
'Searching for Ali Wallace' a docu-drama film at the Overseas League. For more details please click here
Sunday 9th April
Songkran Festival at Buddhpadipa Thai Temple, Calonne Road, Wimbledon. Wat Buddhapadipa is unique in Europe. The only Thai temple in the UK purposely built in the Thai architectural style and a perfect place to celebrate Songkran in London. The programme of events includes the chance to make offerings to monks and enjoy Thai food and cultural performances on stage. Free entry, all welcome.
Tuesday, 16th May
Talk by David Hallmark on The Travels and Trials of an English adventurer Advocate in Thailand 1970-1971. Venue and booking details coming soon.