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The Dalai Lama

Mar 27, 2017 | 0 comments


If anyone was asked who was the most famous Buddhist in the world, most would say The Dalai Lama.  In actual fact, he is the 14th Dalai Lama whose religious name is Tenzin Gyatso.  He was born in 1935 in a small Tibetan village and was designated as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937 and enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama in 1950.  Although he is recognized as one of the leading figures in the world, he continues to represent a thorn in the side of China since he fled Tibet to India in 1959.   The communist...

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Prodigous Planters in The Wild

Mar 20, 2017 | 0 comments


A lady by the name of Sally Cameron, an ardent conservationist living in Florida, writes an Infogram entitled Organic Lesson, Live the Natural Lifestyle. She sent The Elephant Story an article entitled 5 Animals That Have an Unusual Seed Disposal Role, www.organiclesson.com/animals-seed-dispersal-plant-preservation. The five animals with unusual seed dispersal roles are cougars, fishes, lizards, ants and, you guessed it, elephants. In the interest of time and space, we will address our favorite herbivorous friend, the elephant. In actual fact, I learned that elephants were frugivores in that they prefer fruit, which everyone around elephants knows, though few would know that term....

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Trains, Planes and Ships in the Middle Kingdom

Mar 13, 2017 | 0 comments


As you may recall, the "middle kingdom" is China around which the rest of the world revolves. The transportation and infrastructure of China has been transformed over the past thirty-five years to rival that of most anywhere.  In the old days, there was no such thing as round-trip tickets as you had to produce your passport in order to get a departure ticket from any location. Therefore, quick turnarounds having secure return flights were not possible. Accordingly, the author chose to pay a visit to Anhui province to see some remote oil fields out of Hebei and evaluate them for...

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Bad Bonzes in Buddhism

Mar 06, 2017 | 0 comments


Well, it was just too difficult to pass up the alliteration opportunity. For those of you who do not know the term "bonze," it is a Chinese and Japanese word for Buddhist teacher. We will talk about the good and bad Buddhist bonzes or abbots in Thailand as any faith has them and, as we know, there have been a number of avaricious evangelical preachers in the U.S. First, let's begin with a very good one, the abbot of Wat Rachapa Tikaram and known well by the author. Phra Kru Vinyalangkarn, or Phra Kru Kasem, as he would be called...

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Changboon Wittaya School Trip to Khao Yai National Park

Feb 27, 2017 | 0 comments


For those of you who may not recall, Changboon Wittaya is the secondary school in Moo Baan Chang, Ban Ta Klang, Surin, Thailand where The Elephant Story supports native English speaking teachers. Folashade Ojoula, Khun Sade, an English teacher in the school, recently led a field trip of students on a very special adventure. The following is Khun Sade's account of their trip. It's been an eventful three days for Changboon Wittaya School! The students have just finished a field trip to Khao Yai National Park, World Heritage Site, and for many of our students, a first-time visit. The first...

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