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In his very first sermon, The Lord Buddha explained the basic doctrine of Buddhism. The essence of Buddhism is embodied in his teaching of The Four Noble Truths which are fundamental to Buddhist beliefs. It is essential to Buddhists and those people interested in Buddhism to fully understand the Four Noble Truths as they are
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Making Merit

A popular way of making merit for Buddhists in Thailand to gain good karma in preparation for their reincarnation, is to release animals from captivity into the wild. These can be small birds, fish, tortoises and other small animals. Accumulating good Karma is essential for a better future life. However, in Thailand, this way of
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Wian Tian

On the major Buddhist Holidays, Thai Buddhists will gather in the evening at Temples all over Thailand to take part in a Buddhist Ceremony known as ‘Wian Tian”. Wian Tian is a candlelight procession where the people will walk three times around a Temple in a clockwise direction, carrying a lighted candle, Joss sticks and
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Thailand is a Buddhist country and Buddhists believe in rebirth. The 100 Day Ceremony is a Buddhist Death Ritual where prayers for the dead are chanted, exactly 100 days after a person is cremated. This memorial service is known as “Tamboon Roy Wan”. The purpose of this 100 Day Ceremony is to gain merit for
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One of the more obvious aspects of Thai Culture are Spirit Houses, San Phra Phum, sometimes known as San Jao Tii that can be seen in the gardens of homes, and outside offices, shops and restaurants all over Thailand. Thailand may or may not be the Land of Smiles but it is certainly the Land
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Namo is a Sanskrit word meaning Homage. The word Namo is a short version of the universal Prayer or Buddhist Mantra used by Thai people to show their respect and pay homage to the Lord Buddha and when time is short can be used on its own as a prayer.

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Many Buddhist Temples in Thailand will have at least one Bodhi tree and where you find a Bodhi tree you will often see long sticks with a V shaped end which are known as Mai Kam ไม้ค้ำ. It appears that these Mai Kam offer life support for the Bodhi trees but they do so only in a symbolic way.

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It’s not everyday you get the chance to see 10000 Buddhist Monks all together in Chiang Mai or anywhere else for that matter. The Buddhist Monks gathered to collect alms on a massive scale and this has become an annual event in Chiang Mai. This year, the alms collected were to be distributed among the people in the South of Thailand who have been suffering the effects of political conflict for several years.

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