Category Archives: Bamboo Leaves

LIGHTING CANDLES

“If I make merit by doing goodand share it with others,how much will I be left with?” “All of it.” “How can that be? If I have a hundred bahtand share it with you,how much will I have?” “Fifty.” “How … Continue reading

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LOTUS POND MARKET

Looking neither left nor right,a proud and sensitive Chinese face,here by the Lotus Pond Market,seems a little out of place.Straight back, head held high,adjusts her hair with manicured hand;red panung, blue-and-white print shirt,manouvres with care her sandalled feet,as though she … Continue reading

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DYING RACES OF MANKIND

When the rich see the very poorthey know it is timeto buy their valuables.Cheaply. This ancient people were driven out of Tibetby the Tibetans,out of China by the Chinese and out of Burmaby the Burmese. Ah Kah people are very … Continue reading

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CHINESE NEW YEAR

Chinese New Yearalways comes in February. (Usually.) This is the lastof the twelve year cycle;the Year of the Pig. Processions, dragon dances,fireworks and smoke,cymbals and drums. The Chinese close their shops,do not sweep their housesand pay respectto the Ancestors.They put … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS DAY ON SAMET ISLAND

begins in the half darkwith a six inch huntsman spiderexploring my chair,ends with a Laotian girl,with all the charmof sibylline eyes,wearing a fourteen inch centipedeas a writhing, living braceletthat digs its claws into her slender arm. In between, courtesy of … Continue reading

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ASHRAM MELODY

The best way of enough is all gone,for that there is no argument upon. While there is still something in the dishthere is, in Mind, propensity to wish. Wishing is a film that spreads itself like jamand turns the dullest … Continue reading

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FREEDOM

Freedom from the Past is the Present. Freedom from the Future is the Present. The Present is a crack that runs through the universe. Into it everything disappears like snowflakes into a bonfire. For Māra’s people, the Present is a … Continue reading

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