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I am staying a Varanasi Monastery. It is a monastery that follows the rules closely. There are many …

I am staying a Varanasi Monastery. It is a monastery that follows the rules closely. There are many adorable little monks here, about 25. There are about 15 adult monks too. This place is a Nepalese monastery with Nepalese immigrants. Some are several generations, but they have still retained their language. Teaching is done in Myanmar language. There are approximately…

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A classic picture of the Pa-Auk novice monks from 2004. The young (and adorable) monks were moved to…

A classic picture of the Pa-Auk novice monks from 2004. The young (and adorable) monks were moved to a center in Mahemyine. It is certainly one of my all time favorite top ten pictures from Pa-Auk. I am currently staying in Yangon at Varanasi learning monastery. There are many young samaneras here. I should snap some pictures before I leave.…

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Otoscope In The Monk's Clinic

Otoscope In The Monk's ClinicIt is always nice to see something that I arranged being used in the clinic as standard equipment.I am sure the donor of the clinic itself feels a hundred times better. Btw: An otoscope is the standard device doctors use to look inside your ears. I have never seen a general practitioner anywhere in Sri Lanka…

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This video was so good, I had to verify it was available on youtube before giving it to friends

This video was so good, I had to verify it was available on youtube before giving it to friendsA friend came here with this video predownloaded (as most downloads in Myanmar, with our connection speeds). It is absolutely one of the best videos on Myanmar, but only three minutes and forty-five seconds long 🙁 It is amazing what people can…

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The Construction of Mettavihari Female Meditation Hall

The Construction of Mettavihari Female Meditation HallI normally shrink the size of my posted pictures. However, I left this one as the original so you can play with it. Go ahead and zoom in and move around. The second picture is the finished product. Take note that concrete (the grey stuff) burns the skin on contact. The hall was designed…

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A classic picture of Pa-Auk

A classic picture of Pa-AukThe details of the photo dates it in 2008, but I think that was just the date of the picture cd because I have seen this made into a vinal poster before I left in 2007.A good chunk of those buildings and kuties were built by a single donor from Canada/China. This was posted on Google+

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Oily food anyone? Pa-Auk Foreigners are prepared special foreigner food because the local food often…

Oily food anyone?Pa-Auk Foreigners are prepared special foreigner food because the local food often looks like this. However, unknown to most foreigners, the local monks do not get much curry with their full scoop of rice. The curried oil is often used to flavor the rice ("meal" and "rice" are the same words in parts of Asia). It is similar…

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