Tag - thailand

Monking Is Over. Soviet Living Has Begun

Posted by SammyK on Apr 02, 2010 at 01:31 PM | Comments

It seems like the nearly 4 weeks in Thailand lasted about 6 days.

There are some serious fires going on in northern Thailand. It's so bad that you can barely see through the haze caused by the smoke.

And sometimes small pieces of ash will float down and land next to you even though the fires are miles and miles away. The other day it rained...

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Becoming a Monk; Shaving My Head and Eyebrows

Posted by SammyK on Mar 22, 2010 at 04:05 AM | Comments

I'm Monking It Now (sort of)
I'm officially on the 8 precepts:

1) Refrain from causing harm to any living creature.
2) Refrain from taking what is not given.
3) Refrain from sexual immorality.
4) Refrain from false speech.
5) Refrain from becoming intoxicated.
6) Refrain from eating at the wrong time.
7) Refrain from dancing, singing or beautifying...

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Chanting and More Cute Kids

Posted by SammyK on Mar 20, 2010 at 06:50 AM | Comments

Today is Saturday and I'm supposed to have a bald head by now. Unfortunately the novice monk "barber" in charge of shaving heads decided to spend a few extra days out-of-town. So I still have my full head of hair. But as soon as he comes back, it's gone!

I recently had the opportunity to witness the novice monks during their chanting exercise...

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A Glimpse of Thai Culture; My New Temple Home

Posted by SammyK on Mar 17, 2010 at 10:47 AM | Comments

The uncomfortable 2.5 hour bus ride came to a stop in front of the temple gates just outside of Fang, Thailand.

I was greeted at the gate by Graham, a Scottish buddhist in charge of the Monk For A Month program. He grabbed one of my bags and lead me inside the temple walls.

I had to lean in to hear what he was saying despite the fact that...

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The Quest to be like Aang

Posted by SammyK on Mar 14, 2010 at 05:33 AM | Comments

I'm Back In Travel Mode
After almost 6 months staying in my hometown, I'm back out and traveling the world again. Looks like I'm a bit addicted to new places.

But I'm starting out with a familiar country - Thailand. I was here this time last year with my buddy William.

For the first few days here in Chiang Mai, I've settled down into the same...

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