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Journey to Peace

Bangkok Post, Outlook Section, Saturday, August 2, 2008

For 18 consecutive days and covering 80km, Krisadawan Hongladarom did the unprecedented – staging a pilgrimage in Tibet where eight-fold prostrations were conducted every few steps of walking. TaebTulee Din (Prostration to Earth) tells of her inspiration, ordeal and inner discovery while undertaking this arduous task. “The heart of this [eightfold] prostration is to train the mind, to transform the worldly mind to become spiritual, enabling the one who does the prostration to realise the stage of his or her inner purity…”

“This pilgrimage has thus transformed the mind that used to be ambitious, seeking fame, attached to beauty, desire for wealth, anger and revengefulness, to become the mind that his humble, free from thoughts and preconceptions, open to all situations, however unwholesome…”

A scholar in the Tibetan language and culture, Krisadawan has set up a foundation called Pandara, and recently, a Tibetan retreat centre in her hometown of Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to support her project.

Suan Ngern Mee Ma. 240 baht.

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