Monthly Archives: February 2011

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Mandalay

On the Road to Mandalay – and now I am here at last.  It’s not quite the vision of Rudyard Kipling who waxed poetically about the place, but Burma is romantic enough without Mandalay having to carry the fantasy. The city is humming, full of…


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Are You Connecting?

What is your experience going to temple?  Do you have a temple or sacred space you go to, or long to go to? For many people reading this blog, there is an interest in such an experience. For western Buddhists in these formative years, we…


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Buddha Faces

Of all Buddhist countries, Burma has the greatest variety and the most well sculpted Buddha faces. Many are lifelike and full of serene emotion. They feel accessible in ways that other Buddhas are not. When we see a Buddha face made by a skilled artisan…


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The Burma Story

How did the Burmese end up so poor, a nation with abundant natural resources and a self-assured historically expansionist nature? It was once considered a mighty country that was ahead of the rest of South East Asia, a land of golden temples, its coffers brimming…


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Bagan Temples

Here in Bagan, the locals like to call them pagodas when talking to foreigners.  Whether you call them temples, stupas, zedis or pagodas, there’s enough to go around for everyone. Most of the larger temples have an uppermost tapered dome-like sikhara rather than the conventional…


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Bagan

Everybody gets stupafied at Bagan. How many stupas can you hold in your mind at one time?  How about more than 2,000 scattered over 26 sq miles of open plains the size of Manhattan, popping up like giant mushrooms before your incredulous eyes? Some small,…


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Bago, Burma

Current day Bago, one hours drive north of Yangon, once named Pegu had its first heyday in the 1400’s.  It was a port city on the Sittang River leading out to the Andaman Sea. This Mon kingdom had a long golden age profiting from foreign…


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