Monday, July 24, 2006

Bora Bora, Tahiti

It's another day, another Monday, another beginning to a new
week, another chapter in life.

Hope things are fine at your end. I am glad where I am, there is
peace and harmony and the pace of life is like normal, uninterrupted,
even mundane but on hindsight, mundane is good if one compares it
to the turmoil in some parts of the world.

In Indonesia for instance, just as we speak, relatives and rescue
parties are still involved in looking for human bodies, victims of
a tsunami with about 700 deaths at the last count. Nature can be
cruel too.

In the Middle-east, there is a war. People killing people; ego
against ego. Apparently, the human race did not learn enough
from the two world wars. How can we be entrusted with protecting
the lesser species if we are not even able to protect ourselves?
What a laugh!

There is hope yet, as, still in the midst of a largely cynical,
embittered 21st-century world, it is heartening to see that deep,
personal enthusiasm for world peace is still on the agenda for many
as evidenced by the recent World Peace Congress.

Organised by prominent Tibetan lama, Lama Gangchen, and his organisation, the Lama Gangchen World Peace Foundation, the World Peace Congress, held in June, in Verbania, Italy, is now in its fourth year, and drew in guests from as far as China and Chile.

Congress patron Lama Gangchen is especially known for his extensive work in healing and dharma (Buddhist teachings), but the congress looked not so much at spirituality but at the greater pressing need for positive spiritual values – compassion, patience, generosity, love – and holistic interaction in all arenas of our contemporary life and society.

Also present at the Congress was Lama Michel. He spoke about "The positive side effects of a spiritual path".

LAMA Michel (pic), one of Lama Gangchen’s foremost disciples who was recognised at a young age as the reincarnation of a very high Lama, is only 25 years old but he spoke universal truths at the congress that would apply to anyone at any age.

“Material development is only for this life. We can’t take it with us when we die.”

If you are interested to know more about Buddhist teachings, you may want to visit Robin's Empire. Robin has just completed a two-week retreat on Buddhism and he shares some great insights.

And, on a personal positive note, hope your world is as peaceful
and as beautiful as the places in these pictures.

Bora Bora, Tahiti

Gustavia, St Bethelemy

A Harbour in Bermuda

Have a great day!


  1. Anonymous3:24 PM

    We just never learn... we never do
    All that is good will be turned evil by our hands
    We make evil and seek holiness, how ironic
    I wish to rest... in a place like your pics
    So serene and tranquil

  2. We can have peace when enough people really want it. Now we're fighting over oil and even water.

    I'd love to visit Tahiti.

  3. Zeroimpact, lovely, aren't they? Great places for a relaxing holiday.

    Pandabonium, how true. People let their ego rule their rationale. Who knows, we might even make ourselves extinct with all this fighting.

    A friend went to Bora Bora for a holiday and brought back lovely pictures of the place.

    Tahiti is not far from Fiji, right?

  4. Religion is ok, but give me the ocean for now... heeeeaaa...

  5. According to one couple on our kayak trips who had been to Tahiti, the place is over-rated and frightfully expensive. They actually preferred Malaysia! :)

  6. this post got meditative effects...
    starts with listing of the world prob, talks abt world peace conf in the middle and ends with relaxing pix of sceneries.

    look like the spirituality of robin's had rubbed off on you... my dear fren!

  7. Hi Lrong, ah yes, the ocean. From your palace, you do have a lovely view of it, don't you?

    FH2o, yes, my friend did mention that it's expensive there and for foreigners, foreign currency applies not the local one.

    See fei, meditative effects, eh? Hope that's a good thing.

    "look like the spirituality of robin's had rubbed off on you..."
    That's not a bad thing though but actually, I've always been interested in spiritual stuff. In fact, the people I come in contact with are way way ahead of me in the religion and I have the good fortune of learning from them.

  8. Anonymous2:45 AM

    as long as there are mistrust amongst people, there will be no peace.

    everywhere is beautful if you can find peace ...

    !!!P E A C E!!!

    so nice!
    bora2 is one of my dream holiday destinations!...hopefully i can go ..someday ;)

  10. Slurp! Actually, as long as there are people, there will be no peace. Oops! A bit cynical here but true, I guess. No?

    But I agree with you that where there is peace, there is beauty no matter the place.

    PC, we are lucky in a way that we are not too far away from Bora Bora. May your dream come true.

  11. Anonymous12:42 PM

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