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2013-01-23 Chiang Mai- Origins and Meditation

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Dancing the trance dance

January 15th

 

We began the day with a lesson on Lanna style houses and culture from Professor Phanichpant from Chiangmai University through the Origin Arts program.  We toured a traditional house, and learned of courting rituals and family dynamics/ gender roles.  We were then treated to a display of traditional northern Thai instruments and music, followed by some truly amazing Lanna dancing. We were then able to join the dancers in a "Trance" dance.

After lunch, we went to Wat Suan Dok - Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya, a Buddhist International Meditation Center, where we learned of the origins of Buddhism and learned meditation techniques.  The workshop teaches concentration meditation and Vipassana meditation to "increase mindfulness and create a sense of inner peace."  We joined in with chanting and evening meditation practice, and practiced silence, which was somewhat difficult at times.  The monks invited us to ask questions and really explore ourselves on the journey to inner peace.  Some of the different meditation techniques included sitting, standing, walking, and lying down; lying down meditation was a favorite of the students ;)

 

Ashley Fisher

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