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Buddhism Ajahn Chah, Modern Isaan Blessing or Scourge

chah-sumedhoI found these words some years ago and thought it a good time to put into Isaan Live. It’s about a year since I first posted this Ajahn Chah story and being back in the States see this reflection on “Progress” pertinent.
“So much in life is called progress, but in the end seems only to be movement. “I (Ajahn Chah left Khon Kaen Friday Morning and it is now Sunday afternoon. I have seen flooding and drought in the same day, I have seen suffering and joy. The loss of crop and the harvesting of crop. I have seen disco and morning Puja. I have seen people caught up in face and people who know the reality and samsara of face.
Modern times rammed itself down the throats of many in Isaan. Every river that feeds the Mekong River dammed save one.


Thailand, Dangerous Roads, Footpaths as Well

pogo enemy1Thailand is documented to have the second most dangerous roads in the world. Actually reporting methods might allow Thailand to understate theactual number of road deaths. It is my undestanding that only those declared dead at the scene of the accident are counted in the statistic, while those who die enroute to or at the medical facility, or later are not included.
Roads are bad enough, but footpaths, sidewalks, pedestrian area arejust as if not more dangerous. I have been unable tofind any statistical information, but overthe years I have seen many an accident. Considering many incidents might be injurious and many driverslack insurance, or flee the scene I would guess the cost to families could cause economic strife.


Ajahn Chah,Mind Reading Ability and more Dhammapada, Buddhism,Thailand

JayasaroAjahn Jayasaro talks aboutAjahn Chah reading minds and Ajahn Munindo comments on

All states of being are determined by mind.
It is mind that leads the way.
As surely as our shadow never leaves us,
so well-being will follow when we speak or act
with a pure state of mind.
v. 2


Rocky is Dead, Long Live Rocky, an American story in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

IMG_20160605_134249Rocky was stationed in Nakhon Phanom during the VietNam war, back in the late 60s. He stayed on, got Thai residency and more than likely opened the first Pizza Joint In Isaan. Rocky left NKP some years ago and lived in Sakon Nakhon and Khon Kaen and then moving to Korat.
A few weeks back I was on 1 of the VietNam era veterans Facebook pages and stumbled onto a discussion about Ho Chi Minh in Isaan and the Nakhon Phanom area. In the midst of the conversation Rocky’s name came up. I learned that Rocky had died. There was even a contributor who had even attended Rocky’s funeral.


Wat Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok, Udon Thani, Thailand, วัดพระพุทธบาทบัวบก,

bua-bokHistory tells us that the original entity on this site was called Ku Vieng Phu. Or Ku Wiang during the Dvaravati Period. Once again better information from the Khon Kaen University Cultural Center seems to have gone.

A number of quotes online tell us This is where the Buddha’s Holy Footprint was found along side with various Buddha images of Lanchang style that can be dated back to 2025 Buddhist Century.A quick look shows even the non-expert that this is simply another of the Buddhas R Us stores cement footprints.
The site does date back to Dvaravati Period and the site and nearby Park are certainlw worth a visit. The geology of the area is also of interest

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Illuminated Boat Procession,Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

ilumnkpBook soon if you are planning on attending this year. Auk Pansaa Falls on 16 October 2016. A llok back to October 2013, The town filled to the bursting point starting early the morning of the 19th. 1,000s of big Bangkok Motorcycles, Mercedes and tour buses. Sunthon Wijit Road filled with pedestrians and unfortunately the road was never closed to vehicles Or if it was, the law as usual, was ignored. By sunset kerosene fumes and smoke filled the riverfront. It was the first time at any event in Isaan since 3G became available that I experience total gridlock. Everyone, nearly was Lining and Facecebooking. About 1930h a bit of bandwidth appeared and I was able to tweet the odd photo, but any idea of twitcasting was just a dream.
Spending most evenings of the week with a number of very helpful government officers provided an addition insight and provided a wealth of information that I will post soon. Enjoy the video for now,,,


On the Road in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, What’s the Law

pogoOr who cares anyhow. The main point of the post is Bike lane law. As far as I know itis against the law to drive on a bike and as well as illegal to park, stop or block a bike lane. Igf that is the case, and if the law would be enforced there would be a bunch of irate Thai business owners. Not only that it will be the cause of even more accidents in one of the most dangerous areas in theworld to be on the road. In generel Thais do not follow the Rules of the Road for a couple reasons, They don’t know or they don’t care. It will be interesting to see what if anything is done to enforce bike lane laws, along the new bike lane routes in Sakon Nakhon and elsewhere. (more…)

Isaan Roadtrip, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, June 2016

cremateLooks like I will be commuting between Thailand and the United. States.  for the immediate future,  but Larry and I did manage to get a roadtrip on the calendar. It might have been dubbed the rainy season trip, or the “I don’t  see no dinosaur footprints trip”, whatever the case, we found stuff, did not starve, and never lacked beer, hence another great trip. One thing I did notice is that resorts are still popping up at a pace I  can’t keep up with. You can use Google maps to find what is in the area of interest, but remember this is Isaan and you have at best a 50, 50 chance


Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, Search for the Green Beret Club

I, over the years, have managed to find and or visit a number of the places that were used by American troops during the Viet Nam War years. Larry, of Khon Kaen Retirement and I have visited those sites and many other places of Historical interest on our road trips and hopefully still have more to find.
One of the 1s I’m working on at the moment is the NCO club that was located in Sakon Nakhon back in the day. Hopefully-this video will help jar some memories. I also have some Thai folks trying to recollect, always a dodgy deal.
Check out the video,anyone with any info, let us know.