Author Archive for: ‘Paul’

  • Mor Ta Group

    Paul Prattles On About. . . The Thailand Adventure

    A Day With the Good Doctor Ta It’s an exciting day! We are off to spend the day with one of my favorite people in the world, Dr. Ta. We step outside the guesthouse to lovely sunshine and warmth. It’s 10am and we cram into …

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    Paul Prattles on about . . . Hangry-ness

    The food cart is ambling it’s way down the aisle. But this is Spirit Airlines and there is only one way to procure a bag of peanuts and that’s by taking out the credit card. I refuse to do it. I find myself cursing the …

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  • LGBTQ Paradox in Thailand

    This is a fascinating article that highlights the paradox that is Thailand. Some strange blend of the mundane and the sacred. Where Buddhism is teaching mindfulness and compassion, yet, at the same time, it is stuck in conservative thinking that keeps women from being accepted …

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    Thai medicine – Buddhist medicine – Impermanence

    Shiatsu has it’s roots in Chinese medicine. Shirodhara (the treatment of warm oil poured on the forehead of the patient) comes from the Ayurvedic understanding. Thai massage springs from Thai medicine. What is Thai medicine I hear you ask. This is a lot to pick …

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    Searching For Authenticity in Thai Massage: Part One

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading, talking and working with folks out here in Thailand and in the States, and I’ve been asking a lot of questions about this practice. What the hell have I been doing for 20 years?  Pichest has taught me …

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    It’s Elemental: Doctor “Ta” and Dry Sen

      This post is the first of I’m sure many that will expound on Thai element theory and other aspects of Thai medicine that get short shrift here in the west (in Thailand too it turns out).   Let’s get some understanding about element theory first …

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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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