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23 mei 2016
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Chiang Mai: Getting started
The amount of culture here is insane.
you can find a temple every 100 meters or so, and they are all equally beautiful. I will not post all the pictures, because it would take too much time to photograph them all, but ill show you some of the temples I have visited so far.( see pictures)
Last thursday and friday, there was a big ceremony in Thailand called visakha bucha day. It is the day that Buddha is born on, the day he reached enlightenment and the day he died which is a biiiig thing.
Thursday morning I joined the ceremony at my temple and me all the teachers and all the students (about 1500 people in total) walked around the temple three times ( once for the birth, once for the enlightenment and once for the death of Buddha) At night a boatload of people walked up the mountain to the biggest temple of Chiang Mai, and spent the night there,( there were thousands of people walking up). at sunrise ( around 05.30) the Buddhist monks started a ceremony and started chanting.
It is quite a relaxing and soothing sound to hear, although it takes some time getting used to it. After the ceremony people went down the mountain again, and resumed their everyday life, untill 7 pm, at which time everyone would walk around a temple again ( once for the birth, once for the enlightenment and once for the death of Buddha)
It was very nice to be a part of it, and I would not have missed it for the world.
Yesterday, the 22nd of May, I went to the"Grand Canyon" of Chiang Mai with some friends. The name obviously refers to its big brother in the states, and even though I have only seen pictures of it, it looks quite similar(but a bit smaller).
We were allowed to jump off the cliff at certain points and I made quite a splash when I jumped down. we relaxed there, enjoyed the view and some good food and then went home again.
Teaching in Chiang Mai is .. Different.
The monks are very calm and quiet but do not engage in a lot of conversation. They are not allowed to dance, sing, clap or play active games, and are not allowed to have any possessions. Theyre decent students, although they have one problem in their educational system.
Since the Monks are the highest rank in society, no one can speak against them. If you give them homework and they do not finish it, there is no punishment or penalty, because we are not allowed to say anything about it, since they are higher in hierarchy. It makes teaching .... tricky..
(but also very interesting)
Thats all for now ... Enjoy the pictures!
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23 mei 2016 19:39 | Door: Clemens Sprakel
wat een mooie verhalen ,zeer bijzonder.zou ik ook wel eens mee willen maken en prachtige foto,s veel plezier en veel succes gezien de verhalen, en foto,s zal dit ongetwijfeld lukken. groet. Clemens