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  • hardie karges 1:39 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Buddhist Boot Camps, Kopan vs. Suan Mokh, Part 2: the Cost of Karmic Retribution)… 

    img_0545Continued from previous…

    Setting: Kopan is classic Tibetan temple and monastery style, with dragons and other adornments, set on top of a hill at the edge of the sprawling metropolis of Kathmandu, and gated, so semi-urban while it lasts. Suan Mokh, on the other hand, is green and pastoral, with an ambiance that reminds me of Boy Scout camp. Noises are few and far between, and far away, as are the gilded and glitzy temples of the city.

    Eco-Friendliness is a specialty of Suan Mokh, where absolutely NOTHING is wasted, and flashlights are used at night rather than bathing the premises in artificial light. Recyclables are treated accordingly, and no drop of water is wasted if it can be saved for later use or recycled. This is part of the ethos and also just a reality of living in the countryside. Kopan is quasi-urban and subject to different conditions, so not as strictly obedient to environmental issues, apparently. (More …)

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  • hardie karges 11:14 pm on October 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Buddhist Boot Camps: Kopan vs. Suan Mokh, part 1–Price of Rice… 

    IMG_0526“…(in) sitting meditation…we free our mind from past experiences and…any anticipation of the future. Instead we abide in the nowness of the present…”–HH the Dalai Lama

    Sounds a whole lot like Eckhart Tolle, doesn’t it? But no, this is from His Holiness the DL’s book ‘The Four Noble Truths’, compiled from talks he gave in 1996, some years before the publishing of ET’s break-thru book-thru drive-thru one-stop soul shop, in which a lump of basic Buddhism is twirled up into fluffy cotton-candy comfort-food for the disenchanted…

    …just lose all that pesky suffering, add some New Age flavorings, and let’s call it ‘The Power of Now’ instead of ‘Enlightenment for Dummies’. There you go, perfect, ready to market, and the rest is history—good work. But I’m not here to talk about ET, just HHDL, who largely inspired me, along with certain Beat Poets at Naropa last century hooting and howling next door, to further investigate Tibetan Buddhism, to supplement my current efforts in the forest temples of Thailand. Here’s the deal: (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 11:55 pm on October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Wat Suan Mokh: Southern Thailand’s Other (not so) Full Moon (not so) Party… 

    img_0881“The goal of Buddhism is Nirvana; meditation is temporary Nirvana”–Buddhadhasa

    Chaiya in southern Thailand is a place where Gomer and Goober would feel right at home, the one sitting on a bench at the railway station with a mostly-spent inhalant sticking out of his nose to catch the last gasp, while the other tries to manage the business end of an industrial-size pipe wrench without hurting himself. So it’s hard to believe that just down the road ten minutes is a place whose name translates as ‘Temple of the Garden of Liberation’ and attracts people from all over the world…

    And it’s just a long stone’s throw as flies the crow, in another direction, across the bay, about a hundred klicks, to another place that again could not be more different: it consisting of the three preeminent islands for backpack tourism in Thailand: Koh Tao infamous for recent tourist murders, Koh Pha Ngan infamous for its monthly full moon drunken orgies, and last but not least, Koh Samui, the one made famous by Leonardo Di Caprio in ‘The Beach’ as the starting point for the perennial search for authenticity… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 8:52 pm on June 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    #Phetburi #Thailand: City without Tuk-tuks, Heat without mercy 

    Phetburi, Temple City

    Phetburi, Temple City

    May, 2014–Phet(cha)buri (two pronunciations possible) just may be Thailand’s best-kept secret, something of a ‘temple city’ like Angkor Wat and all the other great Southeast Asian ruins, religion the impetus for great works of art and architecture, the best of them on top of mountains, above the swampy furnace that pre-heats all rice before actually cooking…

    Imagine enough temples to rival Luang Prabang only three hours by slow train from Bangkok, barely clear of the city’s smog when you hit the interior’s heat, unmitigated by air condition nor life with conditions, just a slow grudging acceptance of it as it is, harsh yet simple, unforgiving yet entertaining, grab the goods while you can lest the sun set on your empty belly… (More …)

     
    • Esther Fabbricante 9:22 pm on June 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed a lot – just now home from bridge club – and I won high again. Fun day.

      Esther

    • akkedissie 5:38 am on June 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I do not understand your writing… it is backwards forward. Are you not English?

      • hardie karges 1:33 pm on June 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Backwards forwards? Cool. BTW I am American, without tears. Where are you from?

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