Jim has lived, studied, and traveled in South Asia for more than 25 years. He is an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Castleton State College of Vermont. He has lectured in the U.S. and Europe on Buddhist art, architecture, meditation and philosophy. As a photographer, Jim’s keen knowledge of the Himalayan region and cultures has served him well as a location scout for commercial film productions. He has trekked extensively throughout the Himalayas. Personable and witty, Jim’s expertise has attracted travelers from around the world. Jim leads every tour the way he teaches — with passion and concern that each traveler has the experience of a lifetime!
Roeum Rith is an English teacher at Angkor High School in Siem Reap. He has also been a guide for many years with an excellent knowledge of Cambodia’s history, culture, art and temple architecture. He is an expert on all of the ancient temples of Angkor and his knowledge of Theravada Buddhism is second to none. Like many Cambodian’s, Roeth Rith is a very humble person who loves to teach visitors about his country. His contacts take us into many places that most visitors seldom experience – schools, orphanages, farmers homes and meetings with some of Cambodia’s most venerable Buddhist teachers. It is a real privilege having him as one of our guides.
Ta Toeum became a monk when we was 15 years old. Today he is the abbot and most venerable teacher at Wat Preah Prohm Rath in Siem Reap. Ta Toeum had an interest in Buddhism at an early age and he decided never to marry so that he could become a monk in the Theravada tradition. He has spent many years practicing Vipassana meditation and today he teaches both monks and the local people the techniques of this type of Buddhist meditation. Ta Toeum teaches our group meditation and shares his many years of personal experience as a monk in the Theravada tradition.
Choung Seak Sat
Choung Seak Sat is a senior monk at one of Phnom Penh’s oldest Wats, Wat Phnom. He has been a monk for 18 years. Choung Seak Sat has the responsibility to teach the young monks in his Wat the monastic rules of a Buddhist monk in the Theravada tradition as well as Buddhist philosophy and meditation. He has also started a free clinic in Phnom Penh for those who cannot afford to pay a hospital for medical treatment and has healed many with an all natural treatment of diet, prayer and meditation.