I found this pic on Venerable Reverend Heng Sure's blog site, Dharma Forest (see link at right). I'd like to thank Venerable Reverend Heng Sure for not only posting it, but allowing me to copy it and post it as well.
The meditator pictured is a Philipine native, a Bhikku of the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. I just had to grab it and share it with everyone who comes to Tengu House.
I'm not entirely sure why, but in the few days since I first saw it, this has already become one of my favorite pictures. It may be the meeting of human imperfection with the absolute of nature, or maybe it's something else entirely. But everything from the Venerable's expression to the wrinkles in his robes, framed by the perfect waterfall and the smooth rocks, makes me wish I'd been there, and makes me want to know what he's thinking - or more about the foundation from which he's thinking it.
This pic reminds me of one of my trips to a different part of Thailand, some years ago. I lived in Iraq, and every few months I had to get away from the profound suffering that was all around me. I was fortunate enough to find Golden Buddha Beach, on the island of Phra Thong, in the North Andaman region, just south of Burmese waters - and it was the behavior and attitudes of the people there, primarily, that brought me to an interest in Buddhism to begin with.