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Photo of the Week #22: Buddhist Wisdom @ Wat Phra Singh


Never a truer word spoken

Not usually one for posting photos of myself, I feel a brief exception can be made this time, if only for the sake of spreading a little Buddhist wisdom on a Sunday afternoon.

I’m not sure whether the Buddha actually said as much when contemplating the relative merits of the work-shy and the handsome, but I think we can all appreciate the sentiment. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. That’s what they say. Nothing good will ever come of idleness. But there is such thing as a missed lunch (I guess), and when it’s sitting there on a plate waiting for you, it’d be a pity to pass up the opportunity.

This particular tasty morsel (to put an end to our tenuous metaphor), was discovered in the garden of Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai, perhaps the city’s most notable temple and certainly my own favourite photo-taking spot. It’s one among many little proverbs that hang from the trees at the rear of the temple buildings – a garden of retreat and contemplation for many; a den of delight for me and my camera. “Do not neglect recollect of death” was one. “When money speaks, truth is silent” was another. But “there is no glory for a lazy person however good looking” … how could I not take that picture?

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