Sewing Prayer Flags

Since yesterday (Sep 27) we have been sewing prayer flags. Thanks to the following friends who came to help out despite their busy schedule: Jick, Nana and Nadia, Nat, K. Pom of Paedriw, Dream, Sumethee, Dr. Kittirat, Phii O, Phii Noi, and particularly Nuch, who has been with us since Saturday morning. Thanks are also due to Supachok for taking care of the cloth, screening and materials. And we appreciate Noi and Kham, who not only look after our well being but also dedicate themselves to this task.

Saturday morning

Saturday afternoon

We still have many flags to sew and need a portable sewing machine. More volunteers are welcome to join us. From tomorrow till Friday we’ll start the work from 1 pm till late evening. We hope to finish the work by this coming weekend.

The edges of five colors represening five natural elements:

Earth (yellow), water (white), fire (red), wind (green) and sky (blue).

Skillful Tibetan hands

Cutting, sewing and enjoying each other’s company – Sunday afternoon

“It’s easier to sew a prayer flag than to do operation.”

Aj. Helen Jundamit brought her special friends Patricia and Helen to the Foundation House to visit our projects and the sewing team.

Pat is happy with a mantra flag in her hands.


Progress on the Seed of Peace Project

Two little seeds so-called “BBs” (BB is from Bamboo) are watered with love and tendered with care in a home with father, mother, two sisters and a doggie.


Each seed represents growth, hope and beauty of nature, which Pandara wants to plant in people’s heart. It was launched for the first time at the seminar on “Tibetan spirituality and how to take care of patients” organized by the Surin Pandara group at Surin Hospital on May 25, 2008.

In this home the life of BBs is not different from that of a nomad. It moved from the garden, to a living room, and a bedroom to avoid being eaten by a neighbor cat. At night it stays inside. In the daytime it goes out to receive fresh air. But when it rains, it has to be taken inside again. Finally, the family decides to give it an umbrella to protect from all dangers.

Now BBs grow quickly. They will enjoy their permanent home at Khadiravana in the near future.

Khadira (Acacia Catechu) in Full Bloom

I offer this to Lady of Khadiravana.

May travellers be free from samsaric forest,

and arrive at this forest of ultimate peace and happiness.

Lama Nagarjuna





Mantra of Forest & Mountain

ในฟ้าไร้ดาวไร้เดือนไร้เพื่อน แต่ในใจมีดาวเดือนเพื่อนสัตว์โลก

The sky sees neither moon, stars, nor friends;

But moon, stars and sentient friends fill my heart.

อา โอม ฮุง โซ รัม ยัม วัม…

Nighttime in the forest

Ah Om Hung So Ram Yam Wam…

Mantra of forest and mountain, without a human shadow,

Forsaking confusion, being alone far from city,

With unbounded mind.

Like a Stream of Water that Flows

Someone asked what you did when you entered a retreat. Apart from resting from work, no matter whether it is for common or supreme purposes, I got a chance to devote myself to mantra recitation. Reciting mantra must be like a stream of water that flows continuously, incessantly, without an interruption, and is clear, cool and pure, with single pointed mind.

A simple practice like this is in fact a noble effort in reaching Buddha’s quality, which does not lie outside, not in an image or statue, but in our own mind.

มีผู้ถามว่าขณะอยู่จำศีลปลีกวิเวกทำอะไร นอกจากจะได้พักใจจากการงานไม่ว่าจะเป็นเพื่อประโยชน์ทางโลกหรือทางธรรม ยังได้ทุ่มเทเวลากับการสวดบริกรรมภาวนา การสวดมนตราต้องเป็นดั่งสายธารแห่งน้ำไหลริน ไม่หยุดนิ่ง ไม่ขาดตอน ใส เย็น สะอาด ด้วยจิตที่เป็นเอกัคคตา

การปฏิบัติที่ดูธรรมดาเช่นนี้ แท้จริงคือ วิริยะอันสูงส่งในการเข้าถึงความเป็นพุทธะที่ไม่ได้อยู่ภายนอก ไม่ได้อยู่ในพระพุทธรูป แต่อยู่ในใจของเราทุกคน