15 September, 2014

Advice...


“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. 
Small people always do that, but the really great make 
you feel that you, too, can become great.” 

Mark Twain

12 September, 2014

Dhammapada...

“Whoever, with a rod, harasses an innocent man, unarmed, quickly falls into any of ten things: harsh pains, devastation, a broken body, grave illness, mental derangement, trouble with the government, violent slander, relatives lost, property dissolved, houses burned down. At the break-up of the body this one with no disconcernment, reappears in hell.”

Dhammapada, 
translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

10 September, 2014

10 September 2014 - SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 2
It is with real joy that I can inform you that premier airline Bangkok Airways have approved a special award of 10 free air tickets for teaching staff and English students to be selected shortly for a flight to and from Suvarnabhumi airport. The purpose of the trip is to recognize the top English students at Bangkeangwittaya school and to also educate them on an important part of the Thai economy: air travel, tourism and the role of English in a broader international economy.

A special coverage of this first ever event will be published in conjunction with the trip later this month.

As a regular delighted passenger of Bangkok Airways I sincerely wish to express my admiration for this noble gesture of helping an important school in the area celebrate success and hard work. In particular I thank Khun Voratouch, Business Development Manager of Bangkok Airways for his interest in the school and in this project. Pictures and commentary to follow.

09 September, 2014

More pearls of wisdom...


"Every religion on the planet, and there are so many more than you are even aware of, has the potential of absolute thriving. But when you think that you must prove that you have the only one that is right—and you use your condemnation to push against the others—your condemnation separates you from your own Connection that, before your condemnation, you were finding in your own religion."

Abraham (Esther Hicks)

05 September, 2014

Compassion in Action...


5 September 2014 - SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT


This has been an extremely fortunate period. A wonderful and kind US friend (who requested to remain anonymous) has provided the largest private contribution thus far to help to support students at Bankeangwittaya school, Sukhotai. I will refer to him as “Skipper” (English Expression for Ship Captain or a leader)

In particular he has provided the school with 24 one year scholarships for talented students whose families face severe economic hardships in order to allow them to complete their high school education. Please see also Project Pramudita tab.

In addition he has made a very generous contribution to the school orchestra which allows students with a love of music to cultivate their passion. The school band has more students than instruments and this will allow Orchestra Director Suranit to expand his ability to accommodate more students and improve the existing equipment.

And last but not least a further contribution has been made to support English learning activities for the next semester. Photographs related to all of the resulting school activities will be posted.

We are all, staff and our supporters, deeply grateful for your faith in all of us and for your altruism that has always been your hallmark. This impact will be truly extraordinary. The school has extended an invitation for you to visit and we hope that this may happen at your convenience. In the meantime we respect your wish for privacy and assure you that you are very much in our hearts.

We dedicate all these merits to the complete fulfillment of all your wishes. May the school’s activities flourish. May all students realize their dreams and their fullest potential.

Thank you dear Skipper!
SARVA MANGALAM!

04 September, 2014

Flashes


Myriad images:
faces, moments, feelings rise and die,
Landscapes, colours, pictures fleeting by.
Valley of the mind, meadow of the heart,
Endless waves in motion, the senses part
All that shimmers is but a dream,
From which we've yet to wean
Retreating from this endless show
Is the only place there is to know
It is here, it is now, it is clear
The freedom path to which to steer
Therein all is peace, bliss, complete
No shifting sands beneath our feet
Impossible to grasp, recount or define
is the true being of our Eternal Mind.

Somwang (Book of Poems)
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02 September, 2014

An open mind...

"If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything;
 it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are 
many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few."

SUZUKI-ROSHI

01 September, 2014

Pearls of wisdom...

Photo uncredited

A dream is a manifestation. Just like what you live is a manifestation,
 but a dream is quicker and easier to achieve, 
and not so troublesome if there's something you don't want.

Abraham
Esther Hicks

29 August, 2014

THE BUDDHA’S ENLlGHTENMENT

Photo: uncredited

Enlightenment for Gautama [the Buddha] felt as though a prison which had confined him for thousands of lifetimes had broken open. Ignorance had been the jailkeeper. Because of ignorance, his mind had been obscured, just like the moon and stars hidden by the storm clouds. Clouded by endless waves of deluded thoughts, the mind had falsely divided reality into subject and object, self and others, existence and non-existence, birth and death, and from these discriminations arose wrong views—the prisons of feelings, craving, grasping, and becoming. The suffering of birth, old age, sickness, and death only made the prison walls thicker. The only thing to do was to seize the jailkeeper and see his true face. The jailkeeper was ignorance. . . . Once the jailkeeper was gone, the jail would disappear and never be rebuilt again.

THICH NHAT HANH

28 August, 2014

Interdependence...


In today’s highly interdependent world, individuals and nations can no longer resolve many of their problems by themselves. We need one another. We must therefore develop a sense of universal responsibility . . . It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members, and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.

HH THE DALAI LAMA