A Journey To Scotland

Scotland is a beautiful country and I have been there many times. Every time I go it gives me a good chance to give a Dhamma talk and to lead a meditation class. Last Thursday, 28th of September, I went to Inverness, Khun Yongyut took me, and later on we went to Lochness, which is very nice place. Following that we went to Fort William which is surrounded by mountains. There I had an opportunity to lead a meditation class.

There were about 13 people who joined the class. Then after the class there was a discussion. They asked me many questions; both theoretical and practical. They also asked when the next class would be held. Tom, my student, who teaches Muay Thai, asked me that question also. I promised them that I would return again in winter.

Then Tom took me back to Inverness to visit aThai restaurant and we took a train to Aberdeen. In Aberdeen, we went to chant for the Bhaan Thai restaurant. They were very happy to see the Buddhist monks and listened to the Dhamma talk that I gave to them. The Dhamma talk was on the topic of how to live a perfect life (Uttamam Jivitam) which consists of four teachings as follows;

1. Kamma means to know the duty in one’s life.
2. Vijjo means to study or develop knowledge according to duty.
3. Gunadhamma means to live a life by virtues.
4. Silam means to have discipline in life.

Following that they had lunch together which was a joyful time for them because in their life, they have worked very hard. They hardly have any time to do this joyful activity.

After that Khun Nigel, accompanied by his wife, drove us back to the temple, Dhammapadipa in Edinburgh. And on 2nd of October, the day of my departure, a group of young people came to the temple to ask me to give them a Dhamma talk, this I did by teaching them to live a mindful life, to know their own duty and to do accordingly. That was the content of my journey to Scotland. I do believe that this was meaningful time to the people there, both Scottish and Thai. It is good that there is a temple (Thai Theravada temple) where people can drop in to talk to a monk or just to have a cup of tea. A warm welcome awaits you all.

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