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A Visit To Wat Po

I’m so lucky to be living in Bangkok. It’s a city that inspires no matter where you look. Last weekend I did a day trip to the stunning Wat Po Temple purely for the pleasure of photographing. I  came away with a few nice shots that I’d like to share.

If you’re a photographer and haven’t taken any photographs this week – get out in the world for a few hours and take some shots. I think you’ll be surprised and delighted by what you discover when your sole purpose is just to take pictures.

And if you’re not a photographer, do something else creative. Get away from your computer for a while. Get creative – cook, paint, play guitar – you’ll enjoy it and you will have added a little bit of inspiration to your day.

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Island Hopping

Nothing beats the sun soaking into your skin and the taste of salt on your lips

The journey begins

Sometimes there's just water as far as the eye can see

I see heaven in the never ending blue

And every now and then we pass a rocky outcrop

remnants of ancient lands in the rocky outcrops

untold stories shout out from secret beaches

untold stories shout out from hidden beaches

ready to unload the luggage

I am alone

and yet not really alone,  other travelers are making their own way

while others map their own way

a pier landing

it’s time to stop

bamboo bungalows, the simple life

contemplation through simple living

and at the end of the day, it's always another island and another elegant sunset

each day ending elegantly

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Hitting the flower market in Bangkok Thailand

Hitting the flower market in Bangkok Thailand

And other shots from around the world.

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New Life Foundation

IMG_0951I recently attended a meditation retreat on Mindful Communication at the The New Life Foundation which is located outside of Chiang Rai, North Thailand.

It was an interesting venue for a meditation retreat. The center is an international recovery community for people who are suffering from addiction problems, depression, stress, burnout, relationship issues or abuse.  The center also offers a learning space for those who would like to work on self-improvement and personal development. Read more

Thich Nhat Hanh

Last night I went to the Thich Nhat Hanh talk held at the Royal Hall, Siam Paragon.  It was a fully booked out show, not surprising considering that the event was free.  And of course, Thich Nhat Hanh is very popular in Thailand.

I continue to get very teary when I go to this type of event, a place where real learning happens.  The event was kicked off with some very beautiful singing by the monks and nuns.  It was heart opening.

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It was an excellent talk, focusing on suffering and how to deal with suffering.  I found it very useful and inspiring.

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Professor Robert Thurman, The Vimalakirti Mahayana Sutra

Getting settled in before a two hour teaching session.

Getting settled in before a two hour teaching session.

Strangely, the first thing I thought of today while waiting for Professor Thurman’s talk to start was the importance of following your bliss.  This is a statement, made by Joseph Campbell, that I frequently recall and hope I have the good luck and courage to achieve myself.  Maybe it is because Professor Thurman is one of those rare few who has stepped outside of societal norms and followed his bliss and has been hugely successful by doing so.

A very brief summary of Professor Thurman:  He was born on August 3, 1941 and is an influential and prolific American Buddhist writer and academic who has written, edited or translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism.  He had an accident in 1961, and he decided to refocus his life.  He divorced his wife, and travelled in Turkey, Iran and India.  He became a Buddhist and was ordained in 1964, the first American Buddhist monk of the Tibetan tradition.  He studied with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, who became a close friend.  (More detail can be found on Wikipedia). Read more

A Walk to Work in Bangkok

Walking out of the Sofitel So Hotel after my early morning gym session the first thing I notice is the warmth.  After the air conditioned coolness of the hotel, the heat wraps me up.  Then I notice the bicycles, motorbikes, cars, taxis, and tuk tuks driving past.  Noises from everywhere… the chugging from motorbike exhausts, car horns, black crows cawing overhead. Everyone is on their way to work, Read more

Chinese New Year in Mae Rim

Discovering Thailand

Thailand is a truly fantastic place to live.  It is always warm, the people are always smiling, the food is always delicious, and there are always interesting places to visit and explore.  It’s the destination of choice for many people from all around the world, and now receives over 22 million tourists a year.  The number of tourists continues to increase year on year, with the most recent number a 15% increase on the year before.

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Living in Thailand

Life in Thailand is fabulous.  Warm weather, smiling people. inexpensive and tasty food, and temples everywhere.  I love it!