Buddhist Hell – Mae Jo

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Simon and I went to explore the Mae Jo local temple – Buddhist Hell –  20180513_153201at  Wat Mae Kaet Noi – also called – Wat Si Don Chia Pa Tung Ngam.

It’s like a Disneyland area – turnstile entrance (10 Baht ea.) , divided in 2 section areas – Heaven and Hell.       Amazing – The first thing that stands out is the deplorable attitude about sex – same as in the Christian and Islamic religions.  Statues  with emphasized penises, vaginas,  disfigured and/or being mutated –  Here are some glaring examples – the rest are in the Slideshow.20180513_15024220180513_15054320180513_150325

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Make sure to visit the display – very eye opening and shows the blend of Buddhism, Hindu, Chinese Gods, and Animism.  Sex always seems to be the point of attack around the world – actually there are only 3 functions in life, Eating, Sleeping and Sex.  And the first two are only done so one can do the last – SEX   Think about it and make sure to visit the Temple.

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Mae Hong Song Trip–Simon

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Avoiding Songkran here in Chiang Mai,  Simon and I headed for 2  Days 1_MaeSheThaPathanaChitChaloenPhraKiatin Pai and 2 days in Mae Hong Song.  We tried to visit “Unseen” Thailand this trip and so when arriving in Pai – 2_NextBridgePaivisited a female monk meditation area- Mae She Tha Pathana Chit Chaleon Phra Kait.  Then we went to the Memorial Bridge on the entrance to Pai with it’s unique statues.    We were very4_PoiSangLong-Pai lucky 3_PoiSangLongPai-WatSriDonChaito visit Wat Sri Don Chai in time to view their Shan – Poi Sang long Festival – great and  colorful. And while in Pai stayed at the Phaewdao Resort – very very nice. Excitement did happen as a neighbor 2 doors down from Simon’s 5_PraewdaoResort-PaiDSC04440room was robbed and the police were there investigating in the morning.  One great site, South of Pai, was this (not on the map) hot water geyser, on the side of the road.    L6_NgamtaHotel-MaeHongSongeaving Pai and on to Mae Hong Song and booked into the Ngamta Hotel, next to the lake.  From this base we explored the surrounding countryside looking for “Unseen” sites. Gravel collection site from the river by Shan people, a river-floating restaurant, burning along the side of the road, and went to visit a 106 year old Monk – but he seem to be at the Poi Sang long 7_GravelCfromRiver-8_Riverside Resturanat9_RoadSideFiresfestival in the area, so we missed him.  We did visit several more Temples 10_Wat106yoMonk11_Watonhill12_DhammagiriChildrenFoundationand a special Children’s home for Shan refugees called Dhammagiri Foundation.  Great, relaxing trip – little traffic, lots of water throwing but only in designated areas and along the roads by little children – So I have made this Slideshow of the best images – Enjoy. 


Loss of a friend – Wit

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_MG_5337-EditIMG_6540-EditI am very sad to have heard that a long time friend had been involved in a motor accident and passed away.  Wit – [ Lengwan Hsenkham     Tiger King of Shan State].wit

   He will be really missed – Services will be held Today- 3/21 to cremation on 3/23 at Wat Pan Tan, Chiang Mai.  I will attend the final services and will post images – Wit’s mother has arrived from Myanmar and I met her today – very sad moment.  Prayers will be Friday 23rd  start 11AM – cremation procession at 1pm.

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Doi Mae Salong and back trip

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Just got back from a weekend trip to Doi Mae Salong – Thaton – Fang DSC04189-Pano-Edittrip with Simon. First leg of trip, we went to the temple high on the hill above Mae Salong.  Great view.  Then we stopped by the old Chinese Army camp – actually we were told it was a special place for amputees- all the families living there are from injured soldiers.DSC04175-PanoDSC04207DSC04214

Some great shots here, then on to Thaton and Doi Angkhang.  On the DSC04244DSC04231way stopped to watch some women loading potatoes in a truck and then 20180225_081226found a place to stay overnight at Mae Ai –  The next morning, headed to the mountain park, we stopped by a noodle stand Xishuangbanna operated by Chin and his brother, after a quick Chinese breakfast we headed  to the Royal Project at Doi Angkhang – wonderful flowers and a place to DSC04273-PanoDSC04286DSC04289visit – here they have a marvelous camping ground setup with a view of the surrounding area.   It was the first chance that Simon and I had to take a photo exploring trip together and what a success – already planning on going back to spend more time at specific spots to capture the true beauty and splendor of the northern Chiang Rai-Fang area.  Next time I’ll produce some slideshows of the photos taken

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The “Teardrop”

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With all this bullshit about the Russians meddling in our elections – this bayonne13_fshas been entirely forgotten.  The teardrop Monument presented to the US by the Russians after the 9/11 destruction.

Here you can read the full story at the official web page  

Our Gov’t has completely ignored it or just covered it up – I haven’t heard one comment or saw one photo of it on any new cast – yet all this bullshit about collusion.  When will we take politics out of being a profession and return it to being service to the people.  Thanks Kevin for pointing this out.

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wow HOT

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It’s 32% C today in Chiang Mai –that’s 87 F probably reach 95 by mid afternoon – NOVEMBER – supposedly our cool season.  At least it is not “Humid” like Pattaya was, I couldn’t take that again.

Just walked up to Maya Shopping Center for lunch and sweat all  the way.  What in HELL is going on – “Hell” is an appropriate word to use. Along the way I took these images of the common usage of bamboo for scaffolding.20171118_11075620171118_125826  I think I read somewhere that bamboo is better than steel because of its flexibility and light weigh but just as strong – but I am sure I will never be climbing up there. Anyway just a quick post.

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Papa’s Garden–Doi SaKet

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Wow, I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I visited venues in the area 20171011_13483320171011_135820and posted about them – lost in my painting.  Today I went with a couple of friends to Papa’s Garden in Doi SaKet for lunch. Great food and surroundings.  A little way off the beaten path but well worth it. They grow, hydroponically, their own salads and served fresh.20171011_13505620171011_13511220171011_13514920171011_13541720171011_13571220171011_135441 Walked around the facilities and this would be a great place to stay for a family. Something for the kids and relaxing for the parents.

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Life Portrait

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In the beginning there was darkness and God said “Let there be light”ACIM-A3-webLarge

This is my model of this world – An illusion, born from an insane thought that something other than God can be of value.   That thought, made real by incomplete judgment and a desire to be special, only in illusion and perception born. I still have a lot of work to do on it – better graphics and  detail – but  it’s a start ——-

You can read the whole Theology “The Gospel According to Frank” as posted here:

ACIM  Chapter 20, Section 6  The Temple of the Holy Spirit –  The meaning of the Son of God lies solely in his relationship with his Creator. If it were elsewhere it would rest on contingency, but there is nothing else. And this is wholly loving and forever. Yet has the Son of God invented an unholy relationship between him and his Father. His real relationship is one of perfect union and unbroken continuity. The one he made is partial, self-centered, broken into fragments and full of fear. The one created by his Father is wholly Self-encompassing and Self-extending. The one he made is wholly self-destructive and self-limiting.

Many try to remove Jesus from the “Course” saying it doesn’t really matter who or what you call GOD.  But to accept the Course is to accept it all and I offer the following to show the relevance of Jesus and his words. ACIM-A3-Jesus-webLargeReligion is another matter.

what are your comments ?

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Lets Swim

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My car is in the shop and I am relativity stranded in my condo, thinking about the last time I was at Sai Kaew beach in Sattahip.  Went there with a friend and he wanted to race me to the water – this image comes to mind.   So here is a 20 by 30 inch acrylic oil painting, or at least what I remembered it was like.  I know I’ll miss going there.lets-swim-web 

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Defender of White Temple

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Never miss seeing the “Wat Rong Khun – The White Temple” when you visit the Chiang Rai area.  Located 15 KM before you arrive at Chiang Rai City itself.  Impressive, privately designed and re-built by Khun Kositpipat.  WhiteTempleStatue-web  The temple is magnificent, glowing white – quite a sight to see – and this is one of the creatures guarding the “gate of heaven” at the entrance.   Not sure if this is Death or Rahu.    Something new every time you visit the project.  It is constantly being expanded by new works , stated to be fully completed in 2070.   A 20 by 30 inch canvas acrylic oil type painting.

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