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Dharma Sanctuary Videos

This post highlights sixteen videos now embedded in this web site. Four are from the Kauai stupa project, one is of Kalu Rinpoche’s 18th birthday celebration in Sonada, India in September 2008, and the remaining eleven are from my trip to South East Asia in…


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Chiang Mai, Thailand

This northern Thai city was once a capital of the old Lanna dynasty, with its heyday in the 15th Century. Its history is wrapped up in the drama of its relations with surrounding Thai and Burmese kingdoms, with Ming China demanding tributes for a period.…


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Portico

An important architectural feature in many Burmese temple complexes is the roofed porticos that lead to the central temple or stupa. There are often four at the bigger complexes, at each of the cardinal directions. They are a type of hallway with high ceilings supported…


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Mrauk U, Burma

Currently a quiet backwater, Mrauk U was once a powerful Rakhaing capital for 354 years, from 1430 to 1784. In its heyday it served as a free port trading with the Middle East, Asia, Holland, Portugal and Spain. From a Dutch traveler we have an…


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Pilgrimage

The Golden Rock, a huge round boulder, is perched on its parent rock, defying gravity. The parent rock is in the shape of a drum, its upper edges painted with lotus petals. Adding to the mystery is the 24 foot high stupa built on top…


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Burmese Temple Scene

Burmese temple compounds are called Paya, a word that also means holy. Zedi specifically means a stupa with the familiar conical spire shape. A pahto is a single temple building, most often capped with a sloping dome called a sikhara. A gu is a temple…


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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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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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