It’s hard to imagine, but if Faraz Jaka, the reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year, had lost $20 more in a dorm-room card game some years ago, you never would have heard of him. That’s right, one of the most exciting and talented young players in poker was down to his last Andrew Jackson. But more on that later.
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Part 1 of 3: In search of enlightenment
This is the 1st of a 3-piece blog entry of which discusses “Why I went” ,“The journey there” , and "Arriving at the Monastery"
To skip to Part 2 describing "My experiences and the teachings at the Monastery, during the retreat" click here. (Will be released next week)
To skip to Part 3 discussing "My post retreat analysis" and “Back to reality” experience” click here. (Will be released in two weeks)
Why I went
I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up for the 10 day retreat on Koh Pahngan Island. My knowledge of Buddhism was pretty limited.
I knew some basic philosophies on how Buddhists don’t believe in good or bad, but instead think a situation or person just “is”. They also don’t kill bugs and preach to appreciate life the way it currently is, rather than to constantly “desire” it to be something it currently is not. All of these tenets were principles that I often thought about and wanted to incorporate more into my life.. Naturally, I was curious to learn about some more principles that I might not have considered.
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