Sunday, July 19, 2009

Greetings from Chiang Mai

Our group arrived early Saturday morning, and we've settled into things at Payap University and its Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace. We've enjoyed a Thai cultural show, with traditional food, dance and other performances, visited church, toured the Sunday street market, and slipped into a couple of wats (or temples). And we've found a rhythm. While still not sleeping through the night, I did go for an early run this morning.

Our hosts are amazing people. Having made the trip in 2008, I've found real joy in reuniting with John Butt (Rhodes class of 1960), the founder of the IRCP, and Mark Tamthai, now its director, along with their staff.

Today we begin "work" -- a couple of class sessions this morning, followed by a tour of Doi Suthep, a famous mountain temple this afternoon. The temple features twelve scenese from the life of the Buddha, and John Butt shines in using that series to introduce Buddhism through the Buddha's life. Should be a great day!


M.joshua said...

Interesting stuff!

Greg, Tammy Bomboy (a relative of mine) recommended that I catch up with you about theological literature and publishing. If you get a chance, I'd love to catch up with you a bit via email and ask a few questions.

Thanks in advance!

M. Joshua Cauller

Luke said...

awesome! safe travels dude!

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