Why Do I use Difficult Words? The Miracle of Education

The visa will be ready after two days, so on Thursday at 3.30 pm… after checking out from the Silom Village Inn Hotel, I went with Oud to my next destination which is the MCU hotel in Wang Noi, Ayutthaya where we arrived quite late after being lost at another nearby campus with a similar name, and driving until three times back and forth the highway because the U turns were probably on a 25 km distance, so it was 10.30 pm when we finally arrived, quite tiring after the almost infinite congestions in a gloomy dark rainy evening… Next day I had to perform which is to be recorded on video… After an ok night sleep I could perform well in my estimation… my hosts and attenders were quite satisfied as well. I gathered from the feedback and from the pictures postings on Facebook on the MCU page (Maha Chulalongkorn University) and on the MCU IT pages, where the videos, before and after the lunch break can be found, that the reception of my seminar was highly rated… In fact I offered a rather condensed version of what I am offering in essence at Shan State Buddhist University in Myanmar which might include some shocking pictures for venerables…

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Teaching in Bangkok; International Buddhist Studies College

Now I am at last sitting in the airplane  after a 45 minute delay, taking off to Yangon to transit to Bangkok, to apply for new visa for my stay at Shan State Buddhist University, from a desolation breathing little airport called Heho where I was earlier before at arrival but two times last year as well. Anyway, this plane seems to be a brand new jet as opposed to last year’s propellor plane. I felt more safe this time amid turbulence… 

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Teaching in Myanmar: blog 4

Well, remembering what happenend the day before yesterday is easier without the jet lag impacting my functioning… I gave a lecture on Buddhist Psychopathology and a first part of Karma Transformation… Both is centred around the 3P as I call it, the three poisons as known in all brands of Buddhism, which are greed (almost leading to the world’s economic demise?), hatred (leading to extreme terrorism and the 3rd world war we are still in?) and ignorance (on how the mind works and the delusion that we as human beings are all seperate rather than the reality of inter-mind).

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Teaching Psychology in Budddhism in Myanmar

This is the 3rd blog on the past few days which went so quickly, I have to contemplate what happened… It is almost raining everyday here that the days seem to be all the same, anyway it is Monday morning now here and cloudy but dry. It is the rainy season now here whis is from June to September, four months, in a region that has three seasons a year. Today, I decided to skip my breakfast and take the opportunity to slim a bit by eating small portions of food and dishes I have to get used to their taste. No lecture to deliver today, so plenty of time to prepare my powerpoint for Bangkok on Sept 5, when I need to leave Myanmar to Thailand to renew visa as to be able to stay 36 days rather than the maximum of 28 days allowed for me as a tourist. I did progress yesterday and need to finalize the planned six hours with I guess a one hour break, so it will be performing five hours, ideally talking three, demonstrating one and discussing one.

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Teaching in the heart of Theravada Buddhism – Arrived at Shan State University

Then, I arrived at Yangon Airport where a co-worker volunteer picked me up to go to immigration, no problem as expected, and to the Ruby Hotel where I spent one night. Next morning a domestic flight to a town called Taung Gyi in Shan State, where I was again picked up by Ms Khamnoon who is a sister of the famous Khammai who resides this time of year in Oxford, England. I learned that the weather at Shan State Buddhist University (SSBU) up in a mountainous area is rainy and foggy during the months of June, July, August and September.

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