Buddhist Retreat in Thailand

I’m very excited that the universe keeps moving me towards Buddhism and doing things to help bring enlightenment, peace and happiness to others.

Firstly, my childhood buddy Marcel has just bought a piece of land in Thailand to build a Buddhist retreat. Construction starts early next year. He plans to make it a place for people to visit for free to meditate and find themselves. I’ve volunteered to go out there and help him with the construction when the time comes.

Secondly, Sifu and I have been busy developing our business plan to produce and sell oriental ointments that she formulates. We use them all the time at the dojo, and a lot of oriental families have their own recipes handed down over generations for different remedies. We’re hoping to bring the benefits of these ointments to people of the West. We’re not sure if it will be a huge flop or a great success, but we’re willing to give it a try and see what happens.

Thirdly, my good friend and work associate Steve, has been sculpting a Buddha which is really cute and is going to sell it on my dharmarama site once I have it up and running. He’s been sculpting intricate pieces of jewelry too and after chatting with me tonight, he’s going to add more Buddhist pieces to the collection. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with the ideas we brainstormed 🙂

Now all I have to do is work on my collection of mandala paintings.

My birthday

It was my birthday yesterday. My friend Briannah got me a great book as a gift called Healing with Whole Foods, Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition. It was so nice of her! It looks like a really great book, more comprehensive than the ones I currently have. I will let you know how I like it once I’ve delved in to it a little.

Sifu has suggested that I start a Meditation club at the dojo, where we can just spend half an hour regularly getting together to practice. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea because I feel like I need some kind of leadership or guidance for such a group, and don’t really want to just meet up and aimlessly practice, when I can do that every day on my own. I also don’t want anyone to mistakenly look to me as a leader or teacher if I were to run the group, since I’m only just getting my feet wet and haven’t really got a clue what I’m doing. I actually think Briannah would be a much better person to do it, since she’s more experienced with meditation, and also seems to be one of the only adult students at the dojo that consistently applies the practices of our Chinese Philosophy lessons in her everyday life.  She’s really mindful all the time, doesn’t engage in idol talk, recognizes she isn’t perfect and tries really hard to better herself……that’s not a bad set of traits to work with in my opinion.

Chinese herbs and acupuncture

This week I bought a clay pot to cook my Chinese herbs in, as recommended by Sifu. The herbs tasted disgusting, but I think they calmed my stomach down somewhat. Grace, my acunpuncturist also gave me some herbs in pill form that she said would compliment the herbs Sifu gave me. The problem is remembering when to take them all, since they can’t be taken all at the same time.

For my birthday, which is next week, some of my friends came with me and my sister to Sifu’s aunty’s acupuncture clinic and we got acupuncture facials. It was a really good facial!….and yes, with needles. Apparently, she treats actors with acupuncture to reduce the signs of aging so they can play parts that are younger than their years. She charges a lot too. But we got family discounts since it was my birthday treat.

I’ve decided to start a website called dharmarama.com to show and sell art, collectibles and clothes related to Buddhism, Taoism, meditation, Tai Chi and any other related spiritual item that I feel would be of interest to anyone that visits the site. So far, I’ve just registered the name, so I have loads to do. I think it will be a great place to show my fine art, since recently Chinese philosophy and Buddhism have been the major source of my inspiration.

Stay tuned for more on this subject! 🙂