Mit den Mönchen auf Almosen-Rundgang.

Alms, Monks, Meditation

All over Thailand, monks leave their temples early in the morning to collect alms in exchange for a blessing for the donating people. I was allowed to join them during a Vipassana retreat.

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Sonnenaufgang über dem See am Vipassana-Meditationszentrum in Fang.

About A Bus Ride And A Hint Of The Universe

Fang, a small town about 150 kilometers north of Chiang Mai, is the next destination of my trip. During the bus ride I had a lot of time to think – and to write.

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Suranat bei der Arbeit - Leder ist sein Material.

“The Right Time Is Waiting For You”

In Suranat’s workshop I just wanted to learn how to work with leather. A small wallet should be ready at the end of the three hours. It was. But I got a lot more: Suranat told me how he found his calling through a hint of the universe. This is his story.

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Palinya ist Novize in Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai.

“Humans Have The Power To Do So Much Good”

Wat Chedi Luang is one of many temples in Chiang Mai that offer so-called monk chats. Tourists can exchange ideas with monks on all kinds of topics and learn about their lives. Here I got to know the novice Palinya, who deeply impressed me.

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Morning hours at the Tha Pae Gate in Chiang Mai.

“Can I Walk With You?

“Hello, good morning. Where are you going? ”The Thai senior lady looked at me with curious eyes, her whole face beamed. “Not sure yet,” I replied to her. “I’m just walking through the streets.” “May I come with you?” she asked, and had long since hung by my side.

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Ein Tuk-Tuk-Fahrer macht Pause am Tha Pae Gate.

Almost Like Coming Home

It is a good feeling to be back in the land of smiles. A first day between temples, markets and mango sticky rice.

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Auf dem Weg zur Schule besorgt sich dieses Mädchen ihr Frühstück an einem Streetfood-Stand.

And Suddenly There Was Thailand

I have to make a cut. Thailand has captivated me, demands my full attention – here and now – and makes it almost impossible for me to move my thoughts back to the American continent.

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