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  • hardie karges 1:52 pm on May 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Doi Mae Salong, Kuomintang, Mae Chan, Santikhiri, ,   

    Doi Mae Salong (Santikhiri): Thailand’s Best-Kept Secret… 

    IMG_2407For most people, travel is a special activity that you do maybe once or twice a year, with elaborate preparations and financial considerations, nail-biting calculations and apprehensions of misappropriations. But most of all: it’s exciting! It’s fun! You’re enthusiastic! But for some others of us, who travel so much that it’s more ‘normal’ than ‘ab’, sometimes we just can’t get it up for the journey, especially if we’ve already ‘been there done that’ and there are no screaming kids to disappoint…

    So I did something a week or two ago that I’ve never done before in forty some-odd (all together now: “some very odd”) years of travel—just canceled; called it off; yanked it; scrubbed; pulled the plug; I feel so liberated now that I don’t have to do all that travel—aaahhh!!! I can relax now. And that’s about the size of it. When you’re tired like the end of a trip, before the trip’s even started, then: do the math, take a bath, put the baby to sleep… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 1:02 pm on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Mae Chan,   

    Life in a Thai Forest Temple, part 3: Kids, too… 

    IMG_0740The morning starts at 4:00a.m. with morning ablutions, then prepare the temple for morning prayers at 4:30. By 5 a.m. the priest will show up and fill my heart with espresso and let the chanting in Pali begin:

    YO SO PAKAWA ARAHUNG SUMMASUMPUTTO

    SEWAGKATO YENA PAKAWATO TUMMO

    SUPATIPUNNO YASSA PAKAWATO SAWAKASUNGKO

    TUMMAYUNG PAKAWANTANG SATAMMUNG SASANGKHANG AMEHI SUKKAREHI YATARAHUNG AROPITEHI APIPUSHAYAMA

    …and so on and on for at least a half hour. That’s over by 5:30 and preparations for the morning walk into town begins, gathering my collection bags while the priests fasten their robes and ready their bowls. By first light at 6 it’s off on the rounds by barefoot and bowl, taking offerings and offering blessings in return, again all in the Pali liturgical language. Few people line the way out in the countrysides, but there’s always one or two, waiting for us instead of their kids, who’ve long gone off to the big city down under, only to revisit maybe once a year for New Year. (More …)

     
    • Esther Fabbricante 3:27 pm on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very well described and interpreted.

    • tiramit 7:25 am on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great description. The barefoot thing I would find very hard…

      • hardie karges 7:50 am on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        It certainly feels odd at first, but rather nice on lonely roads. Filthy markets are another story…

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