Tag Archives: Thailand

AS A THING IS VIEWED, SO IT APPEARS

The Emerald Buddhais not made of emeraldbut a kind of greenand mutton coloured jadestone. Nor is it a Buddha,though seated on a gilded throneabove our heads;though presented every yearwith new robes by the King himself;though credited with magical powersof healing … Continue reading

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ID CARD

The coloured poster on the bus shelter is specific;the Cremation of the Great Teacherwill be held at the Temple of the Celestial Jewel.Donations are invited for coffins, funeralsand scattering the ashes in the river. In the middle of Chulalongkorn Hospital,is … Continue reading

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TWO TREES

Khun’s house stands impermanentlyby a large and ancient Bodhi tree.This has lent him its shadesince the house was first madeand has spread its branches comfortably.Under such a tree was Buddha enlightened.Hundreds of birds come hereto nest,to rest,to watch the night … Continue reading

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UNDERTAKER

Saeng (Light) is forty two.“When I was twenty five, I died.”Four men in white with red capsled him away along a gravel road.On either side were sālās,evidence of his good deeds.At the end of the road were monksand he gave … Continue reading

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IMMIGRATION THAI STYLE

The Tree of Life is flowering;clusters of yellow showeringgolden petalsin seasonal abundanceon bare roads. One hundred and twenty-one Burmese,including fourteen children,travelled east looking for workin a locked air-tight container;twelve square metresof standing,enduringjolting pot-holed tracksand double- backs. When the ventilator failed,they started … Continue reading

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BODY SNATCHERS

Under a bridge,white vanblue overalls,accidentblack spot. The spirits of those who die violentlyspiral around in turbulence,causing more accidents. The Buddhist Association, funded by public donations,collects the piecesand pacifies the spiritswith chanting and cremations. It is an unconnected factthat, even if … Continue reading

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YESTERDAY’S CHILDREN

Acharn Suphot is the Temple Warden.Previously he was Headmasterof the Temple School for thirty five years. “In the past, for as long  as anyone can remember, children studied the Code of Good Conduct.Thirty years ago, the Government appointed a Christian as Minister of … Continue reading

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