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Naga – as told by Toto This is the story as Toto told it to me.  Many, many years ago, so long ago it is longer than I can remember, said Toto, when Buddha was one of the lower species, at the bottom rung of his journey towards enlightenment, Buddha was King of the Toads. At that time the world was inhabited by all kinds of animals, humans and spirits; good spirits such as the ones that live in trees to protect them. The most selfish of all the creatures on Earth were, unsurprisingly, the humans. They were self-interested and had no respect for nature. They had little respect for the Gods as well. They ended up...
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Here I am shortly after my 70th Birthday volunteering in Nong Khai in North-Eastern Thailand. I am rather surprised myself that I should be doing such a thing but here I am teaching English to young people from Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. It is English with a purpose. My task is to help them explore their dreams for the future, the careers they want to pursue. I would like to say that I am here to make a difference but in reality the difference I am making is to me. I had come here as part of my University studies. When I retired from work I thought I would spend some time studying philosophy. This morphed...
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Hi all Thanks for interesting and great input! I'll contribute some comments I got over the time by some of our great volunteers. Hope you find them interesting and let’s go on, discuss what makes for the best volunteers, for your hosts and for yourselves! Quotes: ‘The first thing you will notice when arriving is the vast sea of shoes at the entrance, this is because in Thailand you MUST always take your shoes off before entering someone’s house.’ Do you know why? ‘You should NEVER touch a person’s head.’   Do you know why? ‘The Thai, Lao 'wai greeting” is a bit of a mystery, sometimes it’s used sometimes it isn’t. It’s much easier to...
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