Buddhism, Bhante Rahula in Vancouver “Meditation – The Body/Mind Connection”

Bhante_Y_RahulaOnce again we tune into Bhante Rahula
 Born in Southern California as Scott Joseph DuPrez in 1948. Ordained as a Novice Buddhist monk in 1975 at Gothama Thapovanaya, Kalupaluwawa, Sri Lanka. Upasampada ordaination at Wat Thai Los Angeles, May 1979. Lived at the Bhavana Society Forest Monastery, West Virginia, USA from 1986 until 2010. Now on indefinite travel/teaching tour.

The Civilian Conservation Corps in Florida State Parks

ccc1I havwe visited a number of Florida State Parks and seen evudence of the CCC in a number of Parks and at O’Leno Perk found a Historcal Center building. The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum is located at Highlands Hammock State Park.As a kid I remember seeing many CCC projects and WPA buildings scattered about the country.
In my humble opinion the reinstatement of those organizations would go far to provide a service option to todays, unemployed folks…

From Tom’s Desk 19 December 2014

For the first time in many years I am not being inundated by ChristNo-Whining-Sticker-(2146)mas stuff.

Pick your news and pick your side politically , socially or whatever way you like

Talk complain, do whatever but no one really seems interested in solutions.

Stay safe and make it to the New Year

Tourism, Isaan, Northeast Thailand

khmer3 more Khmer ruins in Mahasarakham, Isaan

When I posted Ku Baan Daeng I thought I had found the last of the Khmer Ruins in Mahasarakham, but as usual failed to realize the skill of the Tourism Authority of Thailand to miss so many of the…Continue reading


Isaan Really Live, From Northeast, Thailand

Twitcasting Isaan Food in Northeast Thailand

So after about an hour of twitcasting I decided to stop and get a bite to eat at a local restaurant, and why not twitcast it to continue the test of 3G speed and twitcast capabilities. continued…Continue reading


Korean War Memorial, National Mall, Washington DC

koreaI finally got the change to visit the Korean War Memorial, which to me ia similar to the Vietnam veterans Memorial in that it understated and it has a “wall” of names. I was quite touched at the site.
“The Korean War Memorial was dedicated in 1995, on the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the conflict. The memorial consists of 19 statues of soldiers representing a squad on patrol, drawn from each branch of the Armed Forces…

Khmer Isaan, Northeast Thailand

Going Places that Don’t Exist in Khon Kaen, Isaan, 05.06.11

Started off early yesterday morning from Khon Kaen enrout to Mahasarakham to look for some unlisted Khmer ruins. South from Khon Kaen on Route 2, Friendship Highway to Baam Phai and Route 23…Continue reading


Buddhism, Bhante Rahula, Why Buddhists Meditate

Bhante_Y_RahulaBeing in America is rather easy to get caught up in stuff, well at least I find it easy.. So I find it useful to take some time each day to tune into YouTube and catch up on a bit of Dhamma and today I’ve been listening to Bhante Rahula. Anyhow i hope you find his words worthy of a bit of reflection.
Born in Southern California as Scott Joseph DuPrez in 1948. Ordained as a Novice Buddhist monk in 1975 at Gothama Thapovanaya, Kalupaluwawa, Sri Lanka. Upasampada ordaination at Wat Thai Los Angeles, May 1979. Lived at the Bhavana Society Forest Monastery, West Virginia, USA from 1986 until 2010. Now on indefinite travel/teaching tour

Dudley Farm Historic State Park,Newberry, Florida

dudlyThis is another fine example of not only the quality of the state park system in Florida, but of it’s diversity as well.
Be sure to read the linked brochure. Welcome to Dudley Farm Historic State Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this park demonstrates the evolution of Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid-1940s-through three generations of the Dudley family. An authentic working farm, the homestead consists of 18 buildings, including the family farmhouse with original furnishings, an 1880s kitchen outbuilding, a general store and post office, and a functional cane syrup complex…