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Amaranatho in Malayasia Part 2 Feb 2010


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I'm leaving for India on Monday and its happened again! The mind complains my Gran just died one month ago, just before I left for Malaysia and now Ray. Somewhere deep inside of me there is voice which just keep saying yes to it all...

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Amaranatho in Malayasia Part 1 Jan 2010


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This year I'm taking a sabbatical from Amaravati where I live and wandering around. The first period of this is going to Malayasia, where I have been for the last month. I left  England on a very cold 31st December arriving in Dubai at 6 minutes past midhight to amazing fireworks, and a shoppers paradise.  A few hours later on another plane and another six hours I arrived afternoon in Kuala Lumper Malaysia. I'm not going to include all the details of my trip just stuff that I've seen related to AFAN.

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"Put That Light Out!" (the meaning of Advent for Christians)


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   Forget The X Factor final. Never mind BBC Sports Automaton of the Year. The biggest show of the year arrived on schedule and you didn’t need a TV licence or Simon Cowell to enjoy it. So after that Ryan Giggs moment, I took my glass of red wine, put on my Sad Person’s duffle coat and stood outside looking up at the night sky, in the hope of seeing shooting stars.

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Chanukah Shmanukah


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As I write this we are on the second day of Chanukah. Chanukah is one of the least important festivals in the Jewish calendar because the story of Chanukah doesn't appear anywhere in the Hebrew Bible. In fact the first place we hear about the story of Chanukah is in the book of Maccabees which is preserved in the Christian Apocrypha. But Chanukah is an incredibly popular festival, in part because it falls in midwinter and brings a bit of warmth and light into a period with not much else going on in the Jewish Calendar.

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The Fourth Estate


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  “In the garden also; always the thorn.”

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"And there was no longer any sea..."


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AFAN Pilgrimage Day 1 London and meeting the Secretary of State


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Start of the AFAN Pilgrimage!


Well this is the plan for tomorrow monday 16th November.  You can read what a pilgrimage is here. A similar tradition is practised as a lifestyle of Thai Buddhist forest monk that follow the Dhutanga practices - or austere practises like begging for my food. Many of the monks and nuns at the monastery I live in, travel during the summer months on tudong (wandering) begging from one town to the next, either camping or being offered accomadation without asking for it.

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The Manchester United excuse


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Anyone for tennis?


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Well, well, what a strange world it is. It turns out that Andrew Agassi, winner of six Grand slam tennis competitions, did not like tennis. In fact, he hated it “with a dark and secret passion”. This, and more, we learn from his new autobiography. He admits to having taken drugs, but then so do a significant proportion of top sportsmen sadly. But surely we want our heroes to enjoy playing the game we admire them for?