Tag Archives: Myanmar

Tainted: Not the Grand Transition We Would Hope

This Sunday is a landmark election in Myanmar: described as the first democratic transition in that nation in over half a century. If it happens as the world hopes. It’s easy to be cynical.  There have been elections in Myanmar, … Continue reading

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Choosing Open Eyes (sermon)

This sermon was delivered on February 22, 2015 at First Parish Church of Groton, MA. audio version here Somewhere in Asia – Japan or Malaysia or some other country – there is a picture on a Buddhist monk’s smart phone. … Continue reading

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What is the Hokey Pokey All About?

When I was a social worker/home visitor and got paid for playing with toddlers, I worked in a community that was predominantly Spanish-speaking.  This means that I learned a couple of songs in Spanish that are typically sung in Puerto … Continue reading

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Abundance Scooped from Abundance: Reflections on Myanmar

homily delivered today at First Parish Church of Groton There is a line from an Anne Sexton poem. I have used it here and nearly everywhere I have been given the chance: Abundance scooped from abundance, yet abundance remains. Surely, … Continue reading

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A Nation Being Rebuilt: My Fortnight in Myanmar (poem)

To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among brothers, To make music in the heart. (The Work of Christmas, Howard Thurman) The tongue so … Continue reading

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Burma Reds (poem)

Bricks from the 9th century onward, the shape of pagodas and temples throughout the whole of ancient Bagan. Modern bricks, careful rectangular stacks surpassing my own height, on display before every third or eighth roadside establishment. Or in piles, waiting … 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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