A couple of days ago, in the town of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, I went out one evening to visit a Buddhist wat for a chat with the monks and some guided meditation. I got out of my tuk tuk on a quiet street of what looked like a one-street village, with a temple in the middle.
Then a smiling young monk approached me and we sat down for a chat. Touy Yai was his name. He laughingly translated his name as Big Fat, reflecting his hefty constitution. He explained to me that the high monk is typically in charge of visitors but he was away for a month of meditation. He was here to stand in. He offered me some water and we started our chat.
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