23 November, 2015


“Stillness is where creativity and 
solutions to problems are found.”

Eckhart Tolle

19 November, 2015

Native American Prayer

Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world
hear me, I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have
hidden in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.

So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my Spirit may come to you without shame.

(translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887)

16 November, 2015

A new Dawn...

Reflection November 2015 

It is with some trepidation that I await the new cycle of volunteering for students that have no access to English support. Notwithstanding the traumatic and inglorious ending of the previous successful cycle, the love and support of many really good people have prevailed over any anxiety that I might have internalized.

Equally supported by my close Thai friends and sponsors we will attempt to turn around the results that have hitherto characterized the student population that I will be nurturing. (More information to follow shortly). In order to ensure maximum transparency there will be an impressive array of audio and video recording technology to capture each moment of the learning experience.

I was encouraged by a rather wonderful sign: flying back from Bangkok where I met family and reconnected to our sponsors we flew over two rainbows.

May this be a blessing for a new beginning of growth and success for my students....

  A bridge to new beginnings...
May all walk on it....

Hold on to what is good,
Even if it's a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it's a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it's a long way from here.

Hold on to your life,
Even if it's easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I'll be gone away from you.

Pueblo Prayer

15 November, 2015

On the true enemy...


“If you want to get rid of your enemy,
 the true way is to realize that your enemy
is delusion.”

Kegon Sutra

14 November, 2015


After some consideration and as a result of the extraordinary kindness and support of some wonderful people I have agreed to resume teaching from December, albeit on a reduced scale.
I have agreed to support a new school in the area and a new set of students led by Por Or Khun. Hwa Yuak students will continue to be supported due to their amazing effort and excellent behaviour. Discussions are ongoing to determine which, if any other students may be included. The project will be given a new name and details will be updated shortly.

With few exceptions to be agreed separately no old students will be accepted from the PAKA or Bang Keang districts as a result of logistical, scheduling and ethical reasons.

All teachings will be conducted at the Sisatchanalai National Park thanks to the great kindness of the senior staff.

11 November, 2015

The love ballad

There was a young boy who yearned to be straight
He feared for his soul and sought a muse: a mate!
She appeared one day with flowers in her hair…
And with voice sweet beckoned him to her lair

Oh foolish child, of tales of maidens had you not heard
Casting spells on legions of men… thick as a horde!

She tickled his vanity, pride, desire, need to be free
And dazzled and magnetized, blinded was he!
She brewed potions of love and lust day and night
Aided by ghouls, she reached the peak of her might.
Oh foolish child, of tales of maidens had you not heard
Casting spells on legions of men… thick as a horde

But one day, inexorably time and merit ran out
And neighbours recounted of a scream and a shout
She sang her last love song with an awful pitch
And saddened discovered that she was a witch!

The spell thus was broken and the boy awoke
A dream so real that ended on a good note!

Somwang (Book of poems)

10 November, 2015

The brilliance of Awareness...

"How boundless and free is the sky of Awareness! How bright the full moon of wisdom! Truly, is anything missing now? Nirvana is right here, before our eyes; this very place is the Lotus Land; this very body, the Buddha."

Hakuin Zenji 
Song of Zazen

05 November, 2015


“Whenever you deeply accept this moment as it is 
— no matter what form it takes — you are still, 
you are at peace.”

Eckhart Tolle

14 September, 2015


“People who do not know how to practice the way therefore want to get rid of afflictions. Afflictions are originally void and null; you are trying to use the way to seek the way beyond.”


12 September, 2015

With Every Breath - Anonymous

With every breath I take today,
I vow to be awake;

And every step I take,
I vow to take with a grateful heart

So I may see with eyes of love
into the hearts of all I meet,

To ease their burden when I can
And touch them with a smile of peace.

10 September, 2015


“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.”

Aiden Nowlan

09 September, 2015

On clinging...

"Whoever clings to mind sees not the truth of what’s beyond the mind. Whoever strives to practice Dharma finds not the truth of Beyond-practice. One should cut cleanly through the root of mind and stare naked. One should thus break away from all distinctions and remain at ease."

The Song of Mahamudra

06 September, 2015


“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” 

Lucy Larcom

05 September, 2015

Thoughts like water...

"Develop a meditation that is like water. Doing this, you will find that the thoughts and impressions that possess you will flow away. Just as people wash away their body liquids, their sweat and spittle, pus and blood, and yet the water is not troubled or disgusted: so this water meditation will bring you peace."

Majjhima Nikaya

04 September, 2015


“We all see angels; if we never recognize them, 
it's because they come in ways we don't expect.” 

Eileen Elias Freeman,
"The Angels' Little Instruction Book"

03 September, 2015

Vibration and attraction...


"You live in a pulsating, vibrating Universe of advanced harmonics. Everything that exists, in your air, in your dirt, in your water, and in your bodies, is vibration in motion—and all of it is managed by the powerful Law of Attraction. There is nothing that exists outside of this vibrational nature, and as you learn to accept your vibrational nature, and begin to consciously utilize your emotional vibrational indicators, you will gain conscious control of your personal creations and of the outcomes of your life experience."

Esther Hicks (Abraham)

(Please visit this brilliant author's site and genuine exponent of the Law of Attraction. These teachings contain and reflect great practical wisdom.)


02 September, 2015

Defining wisdom...

"A person of wisdom should be truthful, without arrogance, without deceit, not slanderous and not hateful. The wise person should go beyond the evil of greed and miserliness. Do not get excited by what is old, do not be contented with what is new. Do not grieve for what is lost or be controlled by desire."

Sutta Nipata 
translated by H Saddhatissa