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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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Sacred Form – Sacred Space – Sacred Place

This post explores the nuances of the word, sacred, in regards to Buddhist temple sites. It was inspired by Sam Mowe at Tricyle magazine who created an 8 minute video called “Creating Sacred Space – The Birthplace of the Buddha”. You can watch it at:…


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Tidy or Not?

How are you with untidy? Unclean? Unmaintained? If you travel in third world Asia you are confronted by a world that seems to be sprawling everywhere, and it is not an organized sprawl. There are no zoning laws. Everything happens in response to economic necessity…


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Craving to Connect

Traveling in Burma, you are constantly confronted by people who are reaching out to connect with you.  This country has been isolated so long, and has been impoverished to such a degree, that everyone is hungry for basic information and news of a better life. …


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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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Slow Merge

The Burmese, as well as most Asians have a great flow. Everybody has learned to be patient and tolerant, because the demands on everyone are high. It is all about survival here in the poorer countries, and there is a lot of forgiveness for someone…


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Aesthetic Standards

What are your aesthetic standards? Where is your dividing line between appreciation and the beginnings of disapproval. This review goes on all the time in our minds. Sometimes we don’t even know we are doing it. When traveling we are always making inner comments about…


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Mahamuni

For the Burmese, Mahamuni refers to the culture’s most important Buddha image that is currently displayed in Mandalay at the Mahamuni Paya. It has a long history, some say dating back to the time of the Buddha.  This steps into the world of myth, but…


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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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