Hi Steve. How many other Westerners are present there besides you? Maybe the monk does not feel confident giving a talk in English? It might also be that most of their dayakas (benefactors) prefer the talk in Thai which they can understand better?
I do not attend your monastery so I cannot say for sure what the cause is. But if you feel they are unwelcoming, perhaps you should find a more Western friendly monastery to visit. Or alternatively you could write the abbot a letter, explaining your difficulties. One thing about Thai culture is they tend to avoid confrontation, so you will probably get a much better outcome if you avoid confronting them directly about this, as they have a very delicate sense of shame/embarrassment regarding conflicts.
I'd say the letter option is a good idea, but in any case where do you live? Perhaps there are other centres near to you that you could visit.
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