The Two Truths: both/and…

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The Two Truths express the dual nature of all phenomena as both real and illusory, or empty. That is the defining premise of this blog. Everything appears to have substance: material reality as well as mental activity, sensation, emotion and … Continue reading

Market food: I thought it was a baby carrot.

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In some respects, the markets here are not for the faint of heart. It’s one thing to have fruits and vegetables laying out, mostly covered, but sometimes partially exposed to the sun, for hours at a time. It’s another to … Continue reading

Wat Umong, among other things.

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There are so many temples here, it’s easy to become inured to their presence, let alone be curious enough to investigate. When I moved from my former hotel to a new location within the Old Town over a week ago, … Continue reading

Food: Street food

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Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between street food and cafes. Many of the  cafes that appear to be mere glorified street vendors who have managed to add a few tables. Some of the street vendors are offering more … Continue reading

Activism II

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I’m filling in some details missing from the original post about activism. I want to clarify a few things before getting into some of the thornier questions about how we can be effective in the world and keep our intentions … Continue reading

A Day of Kings

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Doi Inthanon: This mountain is the highest peak in Thailand. It is named after a beloved king who ruled for 27 years in the late 19th century and is fondly remembered for his efforts to preserve the forests of northern … Continue reading

Reflections

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I had intended for this day to be a day of reflection. Although there are gems of culture, commerce and human ingenuity lurking everywhere around the next corner or down the next alley, I  had minimal desire to go out … Continue reading

The Paradox of “Practice”

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  Mind itself – that is, the nature of awakened mind – is pure like space, and so is without birth or death, pleasure or pain. It has no substance to delimit it and is free of the phenomena of samsara … Continue reading

Wat Chedi Luang

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I don’t quite recall how my attention was drawn to Wat Chedi Luang. Maybe it was mentioned in some online resources I reviewed recently. Maybe it was Lonely Planet. But regardless, I took off this morning to see it. It’s … Continue reading