Psychic Sarah’s Trip to the Golden Land ~ Burma (Myanmar) Dec 2013 – Jan 2014
Ah, The Golden Land ~ Burma (Myanmar) ~ what a wonderful place to immerse oneself!
I thoroughly enjoyed being in a country where there are places to meditate everywhere you look. And not just any place, but beautiful, ancient pagodas covered in gold!
The people of Burma were incredibly kind and were very pleased to see foreigners meditating – at a pagoda in Bagan, I felt a flash go off in my face as I meditated, and opened my eyes slightly to see a monk with a camera walking away!
Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon
Ngadatkyi Pagoda, Yangon
Buddha statues ready to be shipped, Yangon
Tea at an Indian street stall in Mandalay – best chapatis!
Roaming music store, Mandalay
Sagaing Hills, near Mandalay, my favourite place.
Sagaing Hills, near Mandalay
Kuthodaw Paya, Mandalay: the biggest book in the world. Each of the white stupas houses one ‘page’ (on a marble slab).
Kuthodaw Paya, Mandalay
Villagers selling us lunch on the boat from Mandalay to Bagan
Resting on the 12 hour boat trip to Bagan
Sun going down on the Irrawaddy
Sunset as we get closer to Bagan (we arrived after nightfall)
Ananda Pagoda, Bagan
Lots of Buddhas in the wall at Ananda Pagoda, Bagan
Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan
One of the many pagodas in Bagan – we found this one while searching for another.
Pagodas are great places to shelter from the heat!
Another pagoda, another opportunity to meditate…
Bupaya, on the banks of the Irrawaddy, Bagan
Hooray for bicycles in Bagan!
One of the few pagodas you are allowed to climb
Taking the opportunity to look like I am levitating!
Moss covered water jugs at the pagodas
The sun going down in Bagan (our bikes are parked at the gate)
Sunset in Bagan
On a boat in Inle Lake
Inle Lake magic!
Drinking tea at Bodyoke Aung San Market, Yangon
Just after I’d done my evening meditation at the IMC in Yangon. This is Sayagyi U Ba Khin’s centre in Yangon, where my teacher S.N.Goenka first learned to meditate.
My foot and the alligator’s foot on one of the stairwells leading up to Shwedagon Pagoda.
Psychedelic buddha (there were many) at Shwedagon Pagoda.
Psychedelic buddhas & bodhi tree at Shwedagon Pagoda
Me and one of the temple cats at Shwedagon Pagoda. He looked a bit like our cat Wazza, so we named him Shwazzagon! 🙂
Nighttime at Shwedagon Pagoda. Such a marvellous place 🙂