Thai mediation: Wax-on, wax-off

I was a big fan of Karate Kid as a child. I watched all the way to number three. Mark my words; Daniel learned a thing or two over that time. He’d been in a succession of fights, visited Japan, offered various forms of emotional support to Mr Miagi, and saved a bonsai plant. All…

Book Review: A Fortune-Teller Told Me

I’ve got to confess: I’m an absolute sucker for horoscopes – but let’s get this straight, when I say ‘horoscope’, we aren’t talking about some column in a daily tabloid. If I’m going to be duped by an astrologer, then they’ve got to do it right. I need a little mystery, some smoothly delivered sophistry,…

Thai meditation: Get off of my cloud

Mindfulness starts at the door. I strode in and thumped my zafu on the ground and dropped down, turning my attention to the orange clad monk. He wasn’t impressed, and through the medium of his middle aged female translator, he was able to tell me at length how unimpressed he was. I had been in…