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VIDEO: Parade in Honor of Dalai Lama’s 76th Birthday in Washington, DC

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Kalachakra for World Peace Event

The first day of the Kalachakra for World peace event that began yesterday in Washington, DC fell on the 76th birthday of the Dalai Lama. After opening ceremonies, thousands of supporters streamed from the Verizon Center and paraded through the streets to the National Mall, where dances and celebrations were held to honor…

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Cruising the Mighty Mekong from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang, Laos

Though I resisted the idea of climbing out of my cloud-soft king size bed and leaving Luang Say Lodge, the second day of my slow boat to Luang Prabang Mekong River cruise beckoned. As the captain expertly piloted our white yacht through rippling rapids encased by jagged rocks, I swayed with the gentle…

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Not Your Typical Slow Boat to Luang Prabang

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Mekong River Cruise, Laos

Over the years I’d heard all the horror stories about crossing from northern Thailand into Laos and taking a slow boat to Luang Prabang. Each day hundreds of travelers cross the Mekong River and join the crush at Lao Immigration, where they wait to be stamped into the country. Once approved, they’re herded…

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A New Way of Thinking About Trash

Some years ago an elfin man approached me as I walked along a boulevard in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He could see I was puzzled and wanted to help. What did I need? Holding out my handfull of trash, I pantomimed dumping it, then shrugged my shoulders and swept my hand in…

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Chiang Khong, Thailand – Border Town with Benefits

I’ve passed through my fair share of border towns over the years. Many are shabby, filthy encampments that exist on either side of a barren no man’s land where immigration officials with steely gazes extract their pound of flesh. Some, like Poipet at the border between Cambodia and Thailand, feel downright dangerous. As…

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From the Ridiculous to the Sublime – Zazen Resort and Spa on Koh Samui Delights

On the day I departed from The Sanctuary Resort on Koh Pha Ngan, the seas were again too heavy for the Koh Samui ferry to pick guests up from the beach, so we climbed into an inflatable rubber boat for the short ride to the larger boat, waiting out in the bay. As…

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