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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. In some respects, anyway, but certainly insofar as: you can safely assume that Buddhist monks weren’t really something that I thought aboutContinue reading “Prologue: “Monks, All is Burning””
First published: July 5, 2020, Plus Seven In the previous piece I discussed the personal impact of seeing the image of Venerable 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 an underlying condition thatContinue reading “Monks ‘n’ Drugs ‘n’ Rock‘n’Roll”
Part II: First published: July 20, 2020 Plus Seven Thamkrabok monastery is disappointingly easy to get to for a questing hobbit. It lies a mere 60 miles from Bangkok, just off the main highway North. Back then, international flights still came into Don Muang airport, which is right on that same highway, and has aContinue reading “Smörgåsbord of Desolation”
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