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  • hardie karges 2:07 pm on May 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Homer and Me, and My Big Fat Buddhist Odyssey… 

    IMG_0599Some things you will think of yourself; some things God will put into your mind.”–Homer

    Well, I think I finally know what I want to be when I grow up—a Buddhist; a professional Buddhist, that is, and that can only be one of two things: a monk or a scholar. So after dillying and dallying with it for almost a year now, mostly as temple boy in the Thai (Theravada) ‘forest tradition’, but also with stints in Nepal and Burma, I’ve applied and been accepted into a Chinese-style Buddhist College, here in Thailand—cool…

    It’s not that I felt no calling until now; it’s that I felt so many callings, all at one and the same time, or in rapid succession, with no clear direction shown, no clear preference known, just a morass of tangled wires and spliced-together leads, all leading into 1000 different directions from the source, an interminable present that becomes past almost effortlessly, future only a mathematical probability, so that focusing exclusively on any one thing has always been a challenge—and borrrinnngggg (More …)

     
    • Esther Fabbricante 3:43 pm on May 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You have revealed a lot in this blog!

    • hardie karges 6:36 am on May 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on streaming consciousness… and commented:

      Live from the other side of my brain…

    • tom 9:22 am on May 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So you settled for had rai?
      Nothins forever. Just enjoy it till ya dont anymore. Ask questions then wait for answers.
      Worked for me. Best of luck my friend. May be swingin by late this year. Ill let ya know!

      • hardie karges 10:35 am on May 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Had Yai unless the Taiwan uni comes thru unexpectedly, then more soul-searching. Masters should be no biggie, PhD is another issue. Where you?

  • hardie karges 12:15 am on October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Shoes East vs. West: Speaking of Brown Loafers… 

    img_0682As we all know, the world is divided into shoe cultures and flip-flop cultures, most of the latter cultures where shoes must be removed before entering a house, and especially a temple, for religious and cultural reasons. This includes Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam, and countries from northern Africa to the Far East.

    img_0891Of course, sometimes this happens so many times in the course of a day, that it really is efficient time-wise to ditch the frills and laces, and just go shoe-less, hence flip-flops. There is another option, of course. Remember those penny loafers from the days of ‘Penny Lane’? They’ll pass for manly footwear as well as for Buddhism. That’s what they use in Bhutan. I think I’ll invest in some stock. I can see a bright future in loafing…

     
  • hardie karges 10:19 am on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Latest Massage Trend in Thailand: Let Fish Feast on Your Flesh 

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    Fish Massage

    Thai massage is one of the treats of any trip to Thailand, of course, especially that old-fashioned bone-cracking earth-fracking kind where the masseuse basically does yoga to you and the degree of muscular penetration basically depends on her weight and mass.  Want the heavy-duty massage?  Order up a big-ass mama to straddle you and wreak havoc.  

    That’s the original Ayurvedic style as handed down most famously through Wat Po in Bangkok, which has since been augmented by many different styles to stay one step ahead of the competition.  I remember distinctly around 1997 when someone came to town and started teaching reflexology, i.e. ‘foot massage’, and within weeks the signs with foot-map pressure points were springing up all over town.  Now I think it’s also considered a Thai tradition, just like the croaking wooden frogs that I brought over from Vietnam in 1998.  Memories are short. and the nights are long.  

    The latest trendiest new massage technique is ‘fish massage’, and no, I’m not (nod nod wink wink) talking about that rogue fatboy trouser trout that sometimes raises its ugly head in the heat of a solid physical work-over.  No, apparently you sit on a bench and stick your legs and feet into an aquarium below, while hundreds of tiny ‘doctor fish’ nibble your toe-jam, dead skin and body bacteria.  No, I haven’t tried it yet.  I’m waiting for the full immersion… though I guess they’d have to stop short of the armpits, wouldn’t they, just for the tickle factor?  Now there’s an existential conundrum… 

     
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