Friday, June 13, 2008


Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei- A trio of monks sits waiting for their flight. They are youngish, dressed in heavy brown robes, wooden beads on their wrists, and simple sandals. One of them appears to be meditating. They each carry a small cloth sack with what I presume are most of their belongings. I think of my own heavy bags and wish for such simplicity, such real detachment from posessions that one could carry them all in one cloth sack over a shoulder.
So a few minutes pass, and the boarding announcements begin. The announcer, in his oddly placating tone, cajoles 'first crass passengers to Kuara Rumpur' to proceed to the aircraft.
And the trio of monks gets up and serenely files to the aircraft.

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