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Enjoying dinner at Zazen - the next day we went to Koh Samui, islands of coconuts, for a day long snorkeling excursion.

It was a great break from the bustling streets and busy temples. Sitting quietly on the white sand and watching the impossibly blue ocean I remembered our pilgrimage to Doi Suthep, the temple on the mountain in Chaingmai where a golden Stupa houses a relic of the Lord Buddha.

People of all faiths join in the circumnavigation of the Stupa, reciting prayers and ringing bells. They purchase bells and write the something significant on the Bodhi Tree Leaf that hangs from each bell and then hang it on the gates that surround the stupa so that walking pilgrims can ring the bell as the pray touching each bell and symbollically raising the intention on the leaf to the heavens.

We hung a bell for the Center for Spiritual Living and its being touched and rung right now raising us up and lifting our spirits. I thought of our departed brother and sister, Linda Webb-Khakakaba and David Engel as I marched solemnly around the stupa.

Later I had my fortune read, and I am pleased to report that I will shortly be having a boy-child.

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