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August 6, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

‘Monks on Horses’ by fabianfred

Via: TrekEarth

Photographer’s Notes:

‘At the Temple of the Golden Horse near Mae Chan in Norhtern Thailand, the abbot and his monks and novices ride on hardy mountain horses to travel around the jungle tracks in the mountainous region. Thye also ride them to neigbouring hill-tribe villages for morning alms-round. Subject of the documentary “Buddha’s Lost Children” they have become well known and attract many visitors, both Thai and foreign.’


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October 25, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Steve McCurry – Image Gallery

Via: First Time User

A Buddhist at Auschwitz, 2005


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Steve McCurry (born April 23, 1950) is an American photojournalist best known for his photograph, “Afghan Girl” that originally appeared in National Geographic magazine.

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Steve McCurry revisited the worn-torn Afghanistan and could successfully relocate the girl even after two decades – what helped him recognize the face are the green eyes of this Afghan girl.



July 2, 2012 Posted by | American photoghaphers | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Via: living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Thailand has a population of 60 million, with +95% being Buddhist. I’m guesstimating here, but I believe Chiang Mai might be +/-98% Buddhist.



I love to walk, and I especially love to walk the small streets/alleys (sois) of Chiang Mai.

About a year ago, I was walking down a narrow residential soi, and I passed a small stand; folding table, stool, and a  ratty old beach umbrella to keep away either the hot sun and/or the heavy rain.

The young women smiled at me; and said, ‘Sawadi ka’, which is Thai for hello.

I returned the smile, and said, ‘Sawadi krup’.

Over the next week this rountine was repeated each time I walked by, but I didn’t stop because none of the Thai sweets looked very appetizing, to me anyway.

And then one VERY HOT DAY, I saw her stock an Igloo cooler with bottled water.

I thought, yeah, got to get some of that!

She handed me a bottle, but it wasn’t cold; which meant, I had to ‘Pull a Marcel’.

She was obviously a fan of the late Monsieur Marceau, and understood the, “fold my arms and shiver” thingy.

She reached into the cooler, and pulled out a bottle. It wasn’t to her liking, so she reached in again, this time VERY DEEP.

She presented it to me like a sommelier would seek approval for a, ’1985 – Chateau Gruaud-Larose’.


I gestured ‘how much?’, and she held up eight-fingers (a five and three combination).

I gave her a ten-baht coin ($.30), and indicated she should keep the two-baht ($.06).

She didn’t understand that at all, and continued to look for the two-baht change.

I finally held up ten-fingers (a five and five combination), and indicated the ten-baht was for her.

She was VERY SURPRISED; smiled, wai’d me, and said, “khup khun kaaaaaa”!

The routine became a little more sophisticated because she would spot me coming down the soi 20-30 meters away, point to the cooler, and gesture; “Yes? No? What?”

If I indicate NO; as I pass, we simply exchange, “Sawadi kaaaaaa, Khun Jon“; and, “Sawadi krup, Khun Ae”.

If I indicate YES; she selects the coldest of the cold, dries it on her apron, peel of the little plastic doohickey, and opens it for me.

I recognize this as an example of kindness, in its purest form.


Q: So, what does this have to Buddhism?

A: On the concrete block wall behind her stand she has a small, inexpensive statue of Buddha.

And slightly below Buddha, she has a very inexpensive ‘bud vase’ where she places a fresh-cut flower; sometimes red, sometimes yellow, and sometimes white; seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year.

I believe, it has EVERYTHING to do with her belief in the teachings of Lord Buddha.


“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama; a.k.a. ‘a simple Buddhist monk’



February 2, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment