Mara tempts me with a job in Thailand

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Mara tempts me with a job in Thailand

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Mara tempts me, with a job in Thailand

Ohh, Mara tempted me the other day, with dreams of easy Thai living, comparative wealth, and close proximity to a good monastery.
I was staying at Wat Pah Nanachat a few weeks ago, and I became friends with one of the local men who visits often.
He's a teacher at the local highschool, and after a few weeks of getting to know me, he asked if I wanted the job of English Language Teacher.
He said it would be no problem, and if I wanted it, it'd be mine. The school would organise the visa and everything.
I've taught before overseas, and have the degrees and experience to do a proper job, so it would have been good.
I would have been paid around 30,000 Baht, which by Issan standards is upper middle class, (and by Australian standards is far below the poverty line) and I could have had a whole house to myself for just 1500 baht if I looked around a bit.
A whole house! Rural Issan is cheap as cheap can be. Delicious Thai food, gorgeous Ubon women, fun job, and I would have bought one of those motorcycles with a sidecar attached.
Way cool.

But NO! I thought about it seriously for about an hour, and then recognised it was a blatant attack by Mara, trying to distract me from ordaining when I get back to Australia.
It wasn't a very good attack. Mara could have done a lot better if he had appeared as a cute brunette, with freckles, outdoorsy, educated, *sigh!*
Anyhow, I thought it was worth mentioning. Beware all those who intend to go forth! Be steadfast, and stick to your precepts!
(Off to Koh Mak tomorrow - crystal clear water, white coral sand, loads of Anna Kournikova lookalikes in bikinis on the beach...
Lucky I don't prefer blondes!)
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
SN 9.11

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Ah, um, I notice now that I made three references to attractive women in one post... Hmm, maybe Mara is working on that angle after all...
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
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James the Giant wrote:Way cool.

But NO!
Agreed. Way burny, in fact.

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    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.

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James the Giant wrote:Ah, um, I notice now that I made three references to attractive women in one post... Hmm, maybe Mara is working on that angle after all...
Probably Mara's daughters. They tried to give The Buddha a shedload of problems too, as I recall.....
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Awaits for the day where Mara says to James...
Then Mara the Evil One — sad & dejected at realizing, "James knows me", "James knows me"— vanished right there.
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James the Giant wrote: It wasn't a very good attack. Mara could have done a lot better if he had appeared as a cute brunette, with freckles, outdoorsy, educated, *sigh!*
Too funny, thanks for sharing the story... sounds like a description of > Milky < to me :rofl:
Hopefully you will be able to avoid all these temptings and claim your once in a thousand lifetimes opportunity :anjali:

Higher than lordship over all earth,
Higher than sojourning in heavens supreme,
Higher than empire over all the worlds,
Is Fruit of Entrance to the Dhamma Stream.
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Mindstar wrote:
James the Giant wrote: It wasn't a very good attack. Mara could have done a lot better if he had appeared as a cute brunette, with freckles, outdoorsy, educated, *sigh!*
Too funny, thanks for sharing the story... sounds like a description of > Milky < to me :rofl:
Hopefully you will be able to avoid all these temptings and claim your once in a thousand lifetimes opportunity :anjali:
Sounds like Carrie Byron from Mythbusters to me.
Now theres a lovely young lady. :heart:
Dipping a toe in or pulling myself from a swamp...yeah that covers it for now.

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James the Giant wrote: It wasn't a very good attack. Mara could have done a lot better if he had appeared as a cute brunette, with freckles, outdoorsy, educated, *sigh!*
Not too many befreckled outdoorsy types in Thailand.
“Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.” ― Ajahn Chah

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Goofaholix wrote:
James the Giant wrote: It wasn't a very good attack. Mara could have done a lot better if he had appeared as a cute brunette, with freckles, outdoorsy, educated, *sigh!*
Not too many befreckled outdoorsy types in Thailand.
Fortunately, very true!
When I told the Thai laypeople (mostly middle aged women) in Australia that I was going to visit Thailand for a few months, they cackled with naughty laughter and said "ohh you watch out for tiger (thai girl), you get bit, you never come back!"
But I assured them I'd be okay, :smile:
That little conversation happened about three times with different people, it was on their minds, strange.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
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Excelent! Beating Mara is always nice. :)

His daughters, though, seem to be on a full fledged atack! :spy:

May everything go well with your ordination.

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James the Giant wrote:Ah, um, I notice now that I made three references to attractive women in one post... Hmm, maybe Mara is working on that angle after all...
Wasn't it Mara who took you to Thailand in the first place?

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