Tales from Thailand (2018) #4

Hundreds of retreatants, ninety percent of them women, climb up here to the roof on Saturdays and holidays, at the end of a long slow-walking meditation. The entire roof is a tribute to a Mongolian/Tibetan deity named Green Tara. My teacher, Maechee Sansanee, installed this naked-breasted goddess ten years ago. In Thailand, an extremely conservative group of monks hold the reins, as in most of Asia. Or as in most of the world’s religions, perhaps I could say?

Maechee says that women don’t need political power… they simply need to have faith in themselves, in the Buddha-dharma, to keep “jai yen”/a cool heart and serve society…

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