TDA and the Black Monk of Wat Thamkrabok

by The Discovering Alcoholic on August 15, 2009

The Discovering Alcoholic speaking with the Black Monk of Thamkrabok

I have run across this story several times this week on the newswires, so I though it might be a good time to revisit a TDA post I did on Wat Thamkrabok a few years back. Also known as the opium pipe monastery, this Buddhist temple complex has a unique treatment system for heroin and opioid abuse but they offer the program for all alcohol and drug addictions. That’s me with Gordon Baltimore who is more often referred to as the black monk of Wat Thamkrabok.

I was boisterously greeted in English by an African-American in the saffron robes of a Buddhist monk. This “Black Monk of Thamkrabok”, aka Gordon Baltimore of Harlem, a disillusioned and drug addicted veteran of the Vietnam War who found himself broke down and stranded at the entrance of the monastery over thirty years ago and never left, has become the official greeter to those seeking treatment. ~ TDA

Here’s the link to the entire TDA post, The Opium Pipe Monastery, obviously some of the pictures are mine since I am included in them but others come for their old site. They have a new one up now that includes videos and an extensive photo gallery- go here to see the Thamkrabok Monastery.

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