Hitting the flower market in Bangkok Thailand
And other shots from around the world.
I 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
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.
It was an excellent talk, focusing on suffering and how to deal with suffering. I found it very useful and inspiring.
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
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
Life in Thailand is fabulous. Warm weather, smiling people. inexpensive and tasty food, and temples everywhere. I love it!