The “Asia New Year 2014” trip starts in Bangkok and ends in Istanbul, Turkey. Peter will spend the majority of his trip living and working at his home base in Bangkok. He also will spend significant time in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, India and Turkey, with an additional country or two to be announced later. For exact dates, see Peter’s Schedule and Location page.
Peter will be working as normal both with his freelance writing and his relationship coaching work. He also will be active with the Ramakrishna Vedanta Association of Thailand where he is an assistant secretary, spend significant time both at Vedanta and Theravada Buddhist monasteries in the region, continue building his home base in Bangkok, add to his knowledge of the Asia Pacific region, and reconnect with friends and colleagues.
This will be Peter’s first time in Australia, Laos and Turkey. You can follow Peter’s adventure by signing up for his updates.
The founder of the monastery, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, was both rigorous in his approach to Buddhism (we slept on concrete slabs, used wooden pillows, and woke up at 4am every morning during the retreat) and also broadly advocated that all major spiritual traditions converged at the highest levels of practice. This is very similar to what American Vedanta espouses, so I’m back with plenty of inspiration and ideas to share.
The monastery has given me permission to reprint several essays by the prolific Buddhadasa, and American Vedanta start highlighting some of his work in the coming weeks. I’m excited.
Let truth be your guide, not authority.
I ask two monks why they don't talk about their past.
A great interview about a great documentary.
Laura and Allen Ellis discuss the problems with college after unschooling and what to do when unschooling doesn't automatically lead to a viable career.