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Siem Reap, Cambodia © Jojie Alcantara

Stay in the moment

“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.” ― Gautama Buddha

Be the lotus flower

“From within the lotus flower grows, up through the mud and the muck bypassing all that threatens to taint its emerging beauty and glory. Then it springs forth without spot or stain opening to the world around it to become a new light unto all that lay their eye upon it. This is the lotus flower and it comes from within you, it is the flower of the Buddha, your inner Buddha.” –Venerable Retsuzen Shikata 2011 “The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and …

Walk in peace

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows.  With each step, a flower blooms.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh This was another of my “shooting from the hip” episodes.  I was going back to my transportation when I looked back and saw this monk walking towards the sunlit temples of Angkor Wat, from where I just had my sunrise shoot.  As the sun rose and cast a golden glow on its path, this monk became all the more visible and translucent, making his dignified stance a joy to behold in a backdrop of archaeological significance. What made me took a shot instinctively, though, were the silhouette of his ears.  It fused with the patterns of the temples.

Monks at Angkor Wat © Jojie Alcantara

Achieving serenity

“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” ~ Swami Satchidananda, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Another serene moment revisiting the Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, April 2012  © Jojie Alcantara