Friday, October 10, 2008

wat pho (the grand palace)







we've got a group of 17 massage and/or yoga students who are experiencing bangkok.














today, beth took all of us to a massage school at wat pho, where we began the day with thai massages (they were fantastic).







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we then went to the grand temple, where we saw the following:
* reclining buddha (84 meters long)

* ancient acupressure-point etchings and teachings



* multiple temples, all honoring the buddha with sculptures, statues, paintings, and gold.







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pictured, left to right: jennifer, kimberly, beth, lenny, kila, and elsa.
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our tour-guide, "tu" (pictured below)
told us everything there was to know about wat pho.
tu provided us with thousands of philosophical gems (with a couple of recurring themes), such as:
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"happiness come with 3 thing:
1. you get thing -- like money, caaaah, home, or sexy lady.
2. you give gift to friend. the best give is Forgive.
3. you find Peace and Quiet. ..you meditation."
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tu also talked about why we should honor our parents, by saying:
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"you love caaaah, you love food, you love sexy lady. 
..but you could not love any of these thing without you mama & papa.  
..these most important. ..mama & papa give you life.  
..with no life, you cannot enjoy any other thing."
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tu sparked the line of the day (so far), which was uttered by jason during a philosophical group chat. .the exchange went something like this:
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tu: "man like gold."
tu: "man like money."
tu: "man like sexy lady."
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jason: "speak for yourself."

(and, to quote forrest gump: "that's all i have to say about that") 

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