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First published June 13th 2020 “Monks – all is burning. And what is the all that is burning?” The Fire Sermon, Samyuta Nikaya 35.28 I had a fairly typical upbringing in England. You can assume monks weren’t really something that I thought about much, if at all. Not until I saw this picture for theContinue reading “Prologue: “Monks, All is Burning””
First published: July 5, 2020, Plus Seven In the previous piece, I discussed the impact on me of seeing Quang Duc on fire. Profound as that was – establishing my idea of monks as formidable, righteous, worthy of great respect, and definitely onto something – it was only a condition that subliminally prepped my wayContinue reading “Monks ‘n’ Drugs ‘n’ Rock‘n’Roll”
Part II: First published: July 20, 2020 Thamkrabok is disappointingly easy to get to for a questing hero. It lies a mere 60 miles from Bangkok, and not far off the main highway North. Back then, international flights still came into Don Muang, which is also on that same highway, and has a bus-stop, train-station,Continue reading “Smörgåsbord of Desolation”
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