Landed in Yangoon – April 2010

This morning I’ve landed safely in Yangon and despite my fears and anxiety so far it seems to be one of the safest places I have ever visited in my life. I meet countless very generous and sweet people and once again people get out of their way to assist me with whatever I need. Perhaps it’s the weather or just my impression at the moment, however, Yangon has a very strong earth element to it, it feels gracefully heavy, slow and deep and so far every time I sat for meditation I immediately sank into a deep place inside the mind. I have a feeling it’s going to be an extraordinary experience here.

I’d like to share a little comment a British fellow traveler made the other day when I said I was afraid to come to Burma. He said, truthfully, that I am going to be amidst the safest people on earth – Buddhist monks and nuns – and that he cannot see any reason for me to be worried. I was thinking thank god for these little moments of grace

It seems that it will be not possible to extend my visa here, however, I was advised by an official government high ranking officer to overstay my visa as much as I want (need) and as long as I pay the fee ($3 a day) promised I will not be blacklisted. So, I am planning a 4-6 months stay. However, as always in the past year, there is a constant big gap between what I plan and want and between reality.

I’m leaving tonight.

Be safe. Be happy. Be peaceful

with lots of love and metta,


About advaharma

Been fascinated by the mystery of life ever since I can remember. Have been practicing meditation for more than 20 years. Dedicated two years to an ongoing silent meditation retreat whilst living in Buddhist monasteries in Nepal and Burma. A Yogi and a Front Line Humanitarian.
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