I entered a bar in Mae Hong Son the other night and found myself philosophizing with two French men. They had just come out from a ten day stay at the Tam Wua Forest Monastery, where they learned about the ins and outs of Buddhism and meditation. The most important lesson, they reiterated, was an idea of living in the ‘here’ and in the ‘now’. It is an idea that places importance and value in the present and in the current. It seeks to forget the past, be in harmony with the future, and nullify desires. This, they asserted, was the key to happiness.