Very Sweet Indeed

Yesterday, we got some pre-Halloween candy during our alms round at one of the houses. I thought that was very “sweet” of our donor. Halloween is a holiday on October 31, in America where kids dress up as, well, anything they want. They go around the neighborhood at night and ring the doorbells and say “Trick or treat!”. Then the person at the house would place some candy inside the ambitiously sized candy collection bags.

Pa-Auk Forest Monastery HD

I made this video from 55 minutes of nearly silent footage. I cut it us and added a script to it. The titles in English are from the original and are misspelled in some areas. The monastery is more or less the same except a new health clinic which i had posted pictures of earlier. I finally got a higher resolution copy uploaded (in full) to YouTube, thanks to a wonderful Bhante who helped me upload it from the DVD Version. All other versions are made from the Vcd except for a failed upload from a friend of a donor. […]

A Useful Quote from “Free Spirit”

                                We spend almost an hour at the library on Tuesdays when we wait for the Thai Restaurant to open. Ven. Dewananda signed this book out of the library called, “Free Spirit.” I was curious since “Free Spirit” was the name of my family’s sailboat when I was a kid.  While I was flicking through the book, which by the way was well written, I came across this quote that struck me.  I snapped a picture of it. Quote by Joshua Safran. Here it is: […]

Why the moons are off by one day in Eastern and Western Calendars

The website Http://TimeAndDate.com is a “must-know” and “must-have” for Buddhist monks, especially when they travel abroad.  It calculates the Moon Phases and Solar Noon for a specific area.  One thing that was very enlightening was how the Western calendars were off from the Buddhist calendars for the new and full moons. Why? Well… pick a place in the East, like Yangon and see when the full moon is.  Then pick a place in the far West like Honolulu and see when the full moon is.  Then you will see that the moons are moons anywhere in the world at one given […]

A new Spot

I had to ask Bhante Devananda several times in order to go to the end of the road to see the ocean today. We have been at this location for six weeks now without ever going to the ocean at the end of our own road.  However, after we got there, Bhante Devananda did not want to leave.  Being the nice monk I am, I let us stay and we meditated on the mountain until it got dark.  After all, it was our road and we knew the way back. Waiakalua, Kilauea Farms. The area is a protected conservation area […]