Camp Khon Kaen And Nam Phong and Friendship Highway,Khon Kaen,Thailand

(First posted May 2013) Since Larry already posted the story Camp Khon Kaen And Nam Phong and Joe was kind enough to pass on this reminder Nam Phong, a PDF from the Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Brotherhood, a web site I have gotten a lot of information from over the years, so thanks for reminding me Joe. I will show you what the road is like from Khon Kaen to Camp Khon Kaen about 12 or so Kilometers out of town.
Also to the airstrip in Nam Phong you go North for 31 kilometers to Nam Phong, over the bridge and U-turn onto the road to the village of Nam Phong continue on enroute to Kranuan until you see the fate to the airbase on the right(from NamPhong Village it is about 10 Kilometers ti the airbase. I will be reposting my Khon Kaen and other maps soon. I had not had a chance to check out the airstrip before even though I know a few guys associated. PS ignore time date stamp was 2nd of May 2013

Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell

cemeteryI have been at Arlington National Cemetery many times, for official events, to visit friends joaquin2801graves, to show folks around and just to go to meditate. To say I’m comfortable there might be a bit of a misstatement , familiar might be a better word. I had passed the Florida National Cemetery a number of times, but never stopped until the other day. Take a look at the Google Earth view on the left. Arlington in in a major urban center and when there I usually feel somewhat in touch with the world around me, but the Florida Cemetery is in a rural area and, excuse the expression, but dead quiet.. ( Just a note here. Picasa albums are no longer available and as far as I know I can only insert a link to the Google Photos album, so I’ll be imbedding more shots into the article)
horizontalI drove around the winding lanes for some time, stopping occasionally to gaze at the different yellowtreegrave stone types, horizontal and vertical .


Here are some statistics via Wikipedia
Arlington National Cemetery
U.S. Department of the Army Size 624 acres (253 ha)
Number of graves ~400,00o

United States National Cemetery, Florida

Size 512.9 acres (207.6 ha)
Number of interments 129,000

I can only suggest that people visit those National Cemeteries near where they live and reflect on the circumstances that caused than to hold the remains that are interred.
I sort of run out of words in cases like this so read the words of Wilfred Owen in his Anthem for Doomed Youth

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
      — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
      Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
      Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
      And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
      Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
      The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

In the Scaffolding of an Illuminated Boat, Nakhon Phanom,Thailand

nkp-13First posted Auk Pansaa 2013
This video shows an Illuminated Boat being lit as close up as possible using my Samsung Galaxy Camera and should be viewed full screen.I have been posting photos and stories about the goings on at the Illuminated Boat Procession and Red Cross Fair in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand for a few days now and have beenn receiving questions and comments about the same So far I have found the Tourism Authority of Thailand advertesment the the fair starts on the 12th pretty much a fallacy as little is actually The boat races start on the 15th and the Illuminated Boat Procession and Parade takes place on the 19th While  there are no shortage of booths selling bric-a-brac, and associated Chinese junk Everyone selling the same food and watching the folks pass by, not buy…

From Tom’s Desk, Social Media seems quite Antisocial, and More

googlemapsThe more I look at social media the more aggresive perople seem to become. Over the years I have shared, retweeted or whatever, articles I found interesting in some way. In no case to I only share items I agree with, simply things that might be of some interest. Lately more and more people take umbrage at things they disagree with. More and nore travel stories appear that have no similarity to the subject matter on the ground. More places are improperly located on maps. And more and more foodies don’t seem to have a clue about the food they are talking about. I do though take pride in that fact that my photos in Google Maps have had  more than 5,000,000 views, helping people see what is actually at a location. And I have been spending quite a bit of time corrcting errors in Google Maps, mostly in Northeast Thailand, but in the U.S. as well

Toilets on the Path, Ajahn Chah, Buddhism

Toilets on the path” by Ajahn Chah, Introduction by Ajahn Jayasaro
Ajahn Jayasaro has devoted many years to documenting the life of Luang Por Chah. The YouTube biography gives people a real view of a human being, who experienced life in rural Northeast Thailand, and gave his teaching in a down to earth, easy to understand way… Are you too bust seeking Nirvana to clean your toilet?

The following talk was originally given in the Lao language and translated into Central Thai for Luang Por Chah’s biography ‘Upalamani’. It’s a very powerful talk and why I was particularly keen to include this in the Thai biography and a certain amount of it in the new English version is that nothing quite like it exists in English translation……

Ajahn Kao Analayo,Wat Tham Klong Phen, Nong Bua Lam Phu,Thailand



khaoIt Is believed that the Khmer worshiped here when their dynasty ruled here and it was left until 1958 when Luang Poo Khao Analayo (1888-1983), a student of Ajaan Mun, came to meditate and live here until his death in 1983 .This a large Wat with many areas to wander through. It is certainly worth a couple hours to view the grounds, chedi and museum. It is easily accessible from either Udon or Nong Bua Lam Phu just off Road 210. There is a large statue and sign that marks the side road to gain access to the Wat and it’s location marked in this post and the Nong Bua Lam Phu map.

The Songkhram River (แม่น้ำสงคราม, ), Northeast, Thailand

songkhramPublished more than 4 years ago,this post still tell the story.
The Songkhram River, a tributary of the Mekong River originates in the hills between Amphor Nong Han in Udon Thani Province and Sawang Daeng Din district, Sakon Nakhon Province.From
there, it flows through Amphor Seka (Nong Khai Province), Wanon Niwat (Sakon Nakhon
Province),into to the Mekong River in, Chai Buri, Amphor Tha Uthen , Nakhon Phanom Province.
With a length of nearly 500 kilometers, the Songkhram River is the third largest tributary of
the Mekong and its drainage area extends over more than 13,000 square kilometers.

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Buddhism Ajahn Chah, Modern Isaan Blessing or Scourge

chah-sumedhoI found these words some years ago and thought it a good time to put into Isaan Live. It’s about a year since I first posted this Ajahn Chah story and being back in the States see this reflection on “Progress” pertinent.
“So much in life is called progress, but in the end seems only to be movement. “I (Ajahn Chah left Khon Kaen Friday Morning and it is now Sunday afternoon. I have seen flooding and drought in the same day, I have seen suffering and joy. The loss of crop and the harvesting of crop. I have seen disco and morning Puja. I have seen people caught up in face and people who know the reality and samsara of face.
Modern times rammed itself down the throats of many in Isaan. Every river that feeds the Mekong River dammed save one.

Thailand, Dangerous Roads, Footpaths as Well

pogo enemy1Thailand is documented to have the second most dangerous roads in the world. Actually reporting methods might allow Thailand to understate theactual number of road deaths. It is my undestanding that only those declared dead at the scene of the accident are counted in the statistic, while those who die enroute to or at the medical facility, or later are not included.
Roads are bad enough, but footpaths, sidewalks, pedestrian area arejust as if not more dangerous. I have been unable tofind any statistical information, but overthe years I have seen many an accident. Considering many incidents might be injurious and many driverslack insurance, or flee the scene I would guess the cost to families could cause economic strife.