Category Archives: Travelogue

Accursed Temple of Bagan

While in the stunning Bagan region of Myanmar, the ruins of a kingdom that exalted from the 9th to the 13th centuries, we visited Dhammayan Gyi Temple. Our guide described it as a temple that will not be restored because … Continue reading

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Barefoot Amid Monkey Poop in Myanmar

On Facebook, I posted the following: 777 steps up Mt. Popa, 777 steps down, most of which were, barefoot, amid monkey urine and poop There has been a request for further elucidation. Mt. Popa is in the Bagan region – … Continue reading

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Climbing Bagan

For three days, we are in the Bagan region, which is like walking amid a ten square mile swath of thousand year old ruins. I should be more accurate. It’s not like that. It is that. We spent the day … Continue reading

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Good Morning, Inle Lake

Still quite dark, I was awakened this morning by two competing prayers. As I lay in bed in a room that is basically floating on a lake, not too far off in the direction of my right hand there was … Continue reading

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Just Another Friday Evening: Shwedagon Pagoda

It must be the place to go on a Friday night. Old people. Young people. Singles, couples, groups of friends. Mothers with babies, fathers with preschoolers, toddlers practicing toddling. People from here, people from there, people from everywhere. People in … Continue reading

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Post-Colonial Dinner Theater: An Attempt to Restore Erased Dignity

It was supposed to be a pinnacle evening. I must say, a pinnacle among pinnacles, because this trip has been full of amazing encounters and experiences. Flush with them. It’s been invigorating and exhausting and thrilling and inspiring. Tonight was … Continue reading

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Interfaith Prayer for Crossing Borders

I delivered this prayer was offered as part of daily chapel held today at Myanmar Institute of Theology in Yangon, Myanmar, where our study group from Andover Newton Theological School, has been their guest this week. Spirit of Life, God … Continue reading

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Visiting Pann Pyo Let: An Abundance of Abundance

I am beyond exhausted and yet feel the desire and the duty to blog. Our days are overfilled here. There is the theoretical option to opt out of an activity but few of us find that easy. None of us … Continue reading

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New Year, New Hope, and the Hokey Pokey

The last Sunday of the old year I spent at my internship congregation. I led what they endearingly call ‘Sandwich Worship.’ Traditionally, the Sunday after Christmas, worship takes place in the vestry of the building. Formal worship is truncated (and … Continue reading

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Books for Burma (or is it Myanmar?)

In just over a month, I depart for Burma.  Or Myanmar.  Same difference. At least that’s the answer I get from the couple of people with whom I have talked who are from there.  Given my left-leaning politics, I picked … Continue reading

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