Ven. Shravasti Dhammika has been a monk for over 30 years and has traveled extensively in all the major Buddhist countries, which gives him a breadth of knowledge and experience which is hard to match.
I had used the Digital Clip Factory to scan from one end of a photograph to another in order to make viewing of the long murals as Bayon presentable. I also have another video made this time of the East Wall.
Doing long scans in this way is really an imaginative extension of what the software was meant for. A more usual way of employing it is to animate still photographs to make them more interesting. This is called the Ken Burns effect.
On the second day at Angkor I started taking photographs of the walls at Bayon, it was actually quite hard work to shuffle along corridors holding the camera at a steady height, trying not to bump into anyone, and not to fall over either.
I had found some software that makes excellent, seamless panoramas, and I had visions of panoramas from the Bayon in Angkor that would, like their originals, be wall-long.
Before I was the resident monk in the Bodhi Lankarama temple in Taiping. One of the last programmes we did there before I left was an Educare programme which was held on Sunday 17th January.
Following on from yesterday’s video here are 9 recordings of traditional Cambodian mahori music. The performance is from the early 1970s but there is no information about the performers available.
Photographs of various people I saw around the Angkor Sites. They were collected from the two trips I made to Angkor in March and June.
We were only on site for three days during this trip, which is a very short time when trying to get around and see some of the main sites, see some new places, which I hadn’t seen before, and also get some photography done!
I first went to the Angkor sites in Cambodia in March this year with my good friend Leslie Shaw; and I have just returned there in June for a short visit with another good friend Colin Low.
One of my all time heroes on the spiritual scene is the Vietnamese peace-activist and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. In 2008 I traveled with a small group to Bangkok to attend some of his talks, and he was even more impressive than I had imagined, so mindful and still.
The following, which I wrote last year, was recently published in Remembering Godwin, a selection of talks by Godwin Samararatne and some appreciations of his life and teachings to commemorate Godwin’s 10th anniversary in 2010.
I have written a Unicode Input Programme, which, when active, runs silently in the system tray and allows for the input of Unicode characters through the use of hotkey combinations.
Bhante very graciously gave a talk on The Four Spiritual States, and as will be clear to anyone watching the video Bhante speaks from the heart and from his own very personal experience in the area of compassionate action.
I am currently back in Siem Reap and I must say I welcome the opportunity to be here, but the main reason I am here is because I can no longer stay in my otherwise host country of Malaysia.
This talk entitled: What is Meditation? attempts to give people a broader perspective on meditation and how they can make it work for them in their own lives.