an awakening

ผมพบกับพี่อ้วนครั้งแรกที่ดอยแม่สลอง เชียงราย
ความสนใจในเรื่องของจิตวิญญาณ ที่แตกยอดมาจาก

"Phra Paisan tells about a monkey who hates the smell of kapi [shrimp paste] so much that, thinking its bottom has got dirty, it tries to rub off the imaginary taint so hard that its bottom bleeds. What hurts this monkey is not the kapi but its feelings of hatred toward it. The same is with your heart - most of the time it is your own thoughts that cause the wound.

I gradually 'crawled back' to my life. I started practising dharma, yoga and meditation. Until then, I had never had any interest in those 'spiritual' matters. Now, I've become a serious practitioner - everything I do must contribute to spiritual growth.

I still love the forest; I always want to be near it and, most importantly, I want to work for its protection. But I have changed my method. Instead of physical confrontations, I have started cultivating good 'seeds'."

"An awakening"
interview with Nikom Putta
Bangkok Post Outlook
March, 31 2009

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