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  • By Own Self Make

    Inspired once again by just five days with Pichest, I begin this prattle with perhaps the overriding theme of his world view; “by own self make”. It’s actually one of those extremely simple and at the same time extremely difficult things to practice. Often, when …

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  • Bridging East and West

    I taught the first Blue Lotus four day “Teacher Training” this past week. I want to share one aspect that we investigated. Tool Online Fast furious legacy Coins As a teacher, I consider myself to be a bridge. I am bridging eastern and western culture …

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    Beginning Prayer, Intention and Initial Touch

    This is an excerpt from the Big Program Manual. . . At the beginning of every Thai treatment, take the time to ground yourself, set your intention and give wishes or prayers for healing. Take your time and do not rush this process. First, position …

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    Power, Strength, Fear and Aggression: A New Understanding

    Pichest Boonthumme – My teacher. How lucky I am. To have someone I can call Teacher. Ajahn as they say here in Thailand.   Some students came to visit the “Master” as they said. They read about him and wanted to get a treatment from the …

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    Do You Have An Elevator Speech?

    Since we just graduated class 15 last month, I’ve been thinking about elevator speeches.  You know, that canned, but seemingly off the cuff little speech that you have in your back pocket for when you meet someone on the elevator. . . or at the …

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    Eating Meditation

    It’s September now and the fall harvest is right around the corner. For us city people, that often means less running around and eating out, and more time in the kitchen cooking and around the dinning room table eating with friends and family. I thought …

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    The Proper Uniform

    My good friend Blake McLemore (a gifted bodyworker in his own right), included this in his most recent newsletter.  It’s a poem by the irreverent Buddhist poet Ram Tzu and one of my favorites.  It’s so good that I am stealing it and putting it …

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    2015 Thailand Adventure Blog

    Hi Everyone, We just wrapped up the 2015 Thailand Adventure a week or so ago and as I rest my weary bones in this quiet, beautiful place in southern Thailand, I finally have some time to write about it.  But I’ll start with a picture …

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  • Making Som Tum

    This is a short 4 minute video on how to make som tum, a wonderful northern Thai dish that I make for my students during our annual Blue Lotus holiday party for all our graduates. Click here to watch the deliciousness!

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    Exploring the Meaning of Santutthi

    The Pali word Santutthi is the teaching of contentment with what one has. It is the polar opposite of the English word Consumerism that is the teaching of never being content with what one has. Around 45 years ago in Thailand, the government drafted their …

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