Kuala Lumpur is known by its magnificent towers and the modern landscape, but it is surrounded by great parks where one can experience some taste of tropical forests.
Today I visited one of these places, Frim – Forest Research Institute Malaysia. This is a research area, a man made forest, established in 1920. The complex offers a lot to its visitors, waterfalls, ponds, botanic gardens and, of course, nature trails.
Continue reading “Discovering Kuala Lumpur – Frim and Crown Shyness”
The sun is rising over Samkar lake.
The temperature is a bit chilly on the top of the hill, where the monastery sits and some fog covers the mountains.
It is possible to hear children playing, talking, and studying… They are out and about and have been awake since 4:30. Their day begins when is still dark, with prays and meditation. By the time they come out from the pagoda, the sun is giving its first signals. Continue reading “Almsgiving – giver and receiver are one in this Buddhist ancient tradition”
I’ve never really wanted to visit Singapore, as big cities are not really my thing. But, recently I had to go there to solve some Visa issue and I have to admit that the city was a pleasant surprise.
Continue reading “Singapore – love at first sight”
For those who have to write longs texts such as thesis or maybe for someone out there who is writing a book, Scrivener is a great tool (I have payed for it and I’m not sponsored, in case you are wondering). I used it to write my thesis and it helped me to organize my mess! For those who already use it, this article shows some cool things that it can do.
When I decided to go to South East Asia, one thing that I wanted was to learn about Buddhism, however, some people advised me that I wouldn’t find places to join in Vietnam, my first stop. So, I visited pagodas all over the country but always just as a tourist. And it wasn’t until I reached Da Lat, a cute city in the South, that I finally had some sort of deeper experience with Buddhism. And all happened by chance, as does the best experiences in life. Continue reading “Finding Zen in Vietnam”
So, due to some weird thing that happened to me in Cambodia, I’ve decided to change country before planned. Now heading to Thailand. This will be my third time using Giant Ibis and it has been reliable and comfortable. Not the cheapest option amongst the busses companies, but it has been serving me well. Let’s go!
The teachings of Buddha are often transmitted through little parabolas, stories that contain the essence of buddhism in a simple and cheerful way. In the zen monastery, where I stayed for few days in Vietnam, I was given a book with some of these stories, and I will share them here.
Continue reading “Hurting ourselves”