Tales of Phayartaung – Phom Phomgyi

Tales of Phayartaung – Phom Phomgyi

This is the third post about Phayartaung, in Myanmar, a place where smiles come easily and life has a especial taste, of old days, fresh air and love. The history of Phayartaung Monastery is the story of Phom Phomgyi, the head master of the monastery. And his life is a history of devotion to provide [...]

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The children of Phayartaung

The children of Phayartaung

This is the second post about Phayartaung, in Myanmar, a place where smiles come easily and life has a especial taste, of old days and slow motion.   The children are the main purpose of Phayartaung Monastery. It was because of them, to provide education for them, that Phom PhomGyi came to this place and [...]

Tales of Phayartaung – the monastery

Tales of Phayartaung – the monastery

Phayartaung is a hidden place where happiness is plenty and smiles come easily. This is one of those places that you would assume exists only in dreams, or in another dimension. A place where one can easily forget about the rest of the world and immerse in a flow of happiness and experience a low-pace [...]

Almsgiving – giver and receiver are one in this Buddhist ancient tradition

Almsgiving – giver and receiver are one in this Buddhist ancient tradition

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 [...]

Hurting ourselves

Hurting ourselves

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. I've practiced this teaching [...]