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,

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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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