Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Monk Gear

Off on my own path, at long last. The forest beckons, as they say, a place where I can make peace with myself, for there is no one else with whom I must make peace when I am in the forest.

Of course, going to the forest requires certain items, most especially in the rainy season. Here's a list of what I bring on this sojourn:

Three robes, two belts (lower and outer), a bowl, a towel, an umbrella, a mosquito net, a rubber mat and 5 metal stakes, a mini-buddha, two pocket chanting guides and a notebook, a canteen, a spoon, a flashlight, a needle and thread, various toiletries, and of course, my pda (not shown above).

All in all, I have a feeling this is still to much... maybe I can drop the rubber mat off somewhere along the way, and the electric razor has to go.

Where, exactly, am I going? From the Chiang Mai airport, walking to Wat Rampoeng, and maybe Doi Suthep (a long uphill walk), then walking back to Chom Tong. From Chom Tong, if I can avoid getting hooked back into a teaching position, it's off to Hod, then Mae Jem (in stages). It occurs to me that Mae Jem might be the most peaceful place for my work to commence. Wish me luck, there is much work to do.

"My purpose in going to Walden Pond was not to live cheaply nor to live dearly there, but to transact some private business with the fewest obstacles; to be hindered from accomplishing which for want of a little common sense, a little enterprise and business talent, appeared not so sad as foolish."

-- Thoreau, Walden Pond

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