Where The Wheel Of Dharma Was Set In Motion

She sat motionless facing the stupa, dwarfed by its giant proportions. The scaffolding encircling the sacred structure, providing a symbolic barrier against the world outside its perimeter. Her stillness and focus was fascinating, and magnified the contrast between this tranquil, spiritual retreat and the seething drama of life and death on the ghats of Varanasi, just ten kilometers South…

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Phra Buddhasaiyas In Perspective!

The highlight of the 17th century Wat Pho, the temple adjacent to the royal palace, that is also a school of traditional Thai massage, is the golden reclining Buddha or Phra Buddhasaiyas. This 46 meter long gilded statue is also the most visited tourist attraction in Bangkok, so braving throngs is de rigueur. We passed by…

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Meditating Beneath Metal Spires

If only one of two historic monuments were to be saved from the wrecking ball based purely on antiquity, cultural relevance or singularity, which factor do you think should take precedence? In a city full of Wats, the sacrifice of a heritage Art Deco theater to expose yet another Wat concealed behind it for years, and one of later vintage,…

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Luang Prabang – A Glimpse Of The Sacred

Vientiane was our decompression stop. With minds and bodies suitably attuned to the calm that forms the core of Lao lifestyle, we do nothing on our first evening in Luang Prabang, save for a brief foray into the night market, following a fabulous complimentary meal at our hotel. We have to drag ourselves away from breakfast overlooking the Mekong…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Renewal

“Teach this triple truth to all: a generous heart, kind speech and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity” ~ Gautama Buddha Thank you for visiting, and have a great weekend 🙂 Related articles: Weekly Photo Challenge – Renewal Weekly Photo Challenge – renewal II

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Seeking the Dhamma in Dazu

Nirvana refers to the ultimate unfettering of the mind from earthly bonds. A quietude of mind and body, a total connection and merging with one’s inner self, a release from all desire and suffering. Enlightenment. The spiritual journey of Siddhartha from crown prince to the “Enlightened One” is one of the most profound stories of transformation…

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