Posts Tagged ‘buddhist’

Isaan, Buddhism,Buddhist Wanna Bes and some Good Music

Isaan,Isan, Northeast Thailand, Past and Present

Present in this case being nearly 13 years ago in this paper that was authored by Doctor Boonsom Yodmalee, of The Research Institute of Northeastern Art and Culture at M hasarakham University. I have…Continue reading


Do Monks Lose Relevance as Thailand Grows Richer

Monks Lose Relevance as Thailand Grows Richer is another of those Buddhism and Thailand stories that prove once again that Thailand is not a Buddhist country, nor is Thailand a country where most…Continue reading


Hypocrites Appear to far Outnumber Buddhists in Thailand

First of all lets look at the definition of Hypocrite;a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a…Continue reading


Country Music Isaan 07.08.11

Not sure of which spelling of “ta” in Naam ta faa” , but it does sound appropriate for the weather Read this article: Country Music Isaan 07.08.11…Continue reading


Daily Meditation and the Dhammapada with Commentary

jayasaroAjahn Jayasaro talks about Daily meditation and continuity as a crucial matter to practice. Is there a failure in meditation? What is the best place and time to meditate? How to make missing meditation like missing breakfast and how meditation is similar to a doctor’s work…

Self-mastery is the supreme victory
much more to be valued
than winning control over others.
It is a victory that no other being whatsoever
can distort or take away. v. 104–5

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Hypocrites Appear to far Outnumber Buddhists in Thailand

First of all lets look at the definition of Hypocrite;a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. Hypocrisy; a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess. Today this post appeared in Thailands Nearly English Language Daily  The Nation, Criminalising anti-Buddhist acts is not very Buddhist which lightly touches on the situation in Thailand and the Knowing Buddha Group , who go on ad nauseam about about respecting the Buddha and Buddhism and not commercializing Buddhism. While  the photo top leftshows one of their hypocries at one of their demonstrations wearing a bunch of, commercial Buddhism around his neck. Amulets are only part of the Business of Thai Buddhism….

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More Out and About In Isaan Northeast Thailand

Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Maha Bua, Buddhist Monks Have Not Lost Relevance in any Society

Yesterday I posted an article that I wrote in response to the article Monks Lose Relevance as Thailand Grows Richer that appeared in the new York Times. But to end the year I want to offer more proof…Continue reading


Live at 5 from Buriram, Thailand 21.05.12

I found a place to sit and to talk about the trip to Southern Isaan, About traffic and drivers. How’s the Internet down here and what about Khmer sites? continued here: Live at 5 from Buriram,…Continue reading


Wat Pa Klang Non Phu the Meal, Buddhism, Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

We arrived at the Monastery just after 0600, the monks were still on alms round but the ladies in the kitchen were already hard at work. We had stopped at the Wat the day before after 1000h so no one…Continue reading


Top Secret Isaan Information

Once the Pansaa is over all sort of events begin to take place throughout Isaan. Boat Races, Kathin Celebrations and of course the Naga Fireballs. Now most people are aware of those in Nong Khai town…Continue reading


Morning Breaking over Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon, #AmazingThailand 16.08.12

It was a veryraining morning and I wanted to see how a timelapse of the morning would appear  over the That. continued here: Morning Breaking over Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon,…Continue reading


A Look Back at Places,People and Art in Northeast Thailand,Isaan

Somdet Phra Srinakarindra Park, Sakon Nakhon, Thailand 29.04.12

This morning while in Sakon Nakhon I went to visit Somdet Phra Srinakarindra Park, near the bank of Nong Han a verylarge lake that borders Sakon Nakhon tow. The park, much smaller than Beung Kaen…Continue reading


Wat Pijit Sangkharam,วัดพิจิตรสังฆาราม,Buddhism in Thailand

Wat Pijit Sangkharam ????????????????? has been surveyed by “The Culture and Art Center” at Khon Kaen University. It is located in Non Yang, Nong Sung, Mukdahan and in a way is rather unremarkable…Continue reading


Welcome to Kumphawapi, Udan Thani, Thailand

TRUE 3G now reaches all over Isaan as I have previously mentioned. This morning traveling from Sawang Daeng Din. to Nong Han in Udon and south to  Kumphawapi and then to the Friendship Highway and…Continue reading


Silk a Local Art Form in Northeast Thailand,Isaan

I have been visiting, mapping and documenting the Arts and Crafts of Isaan, the Northeast of Thailand for some fifteen years now and one of the most diverse is silk. From the simple to…Continue reading


It’s a sunny Friday morning in Khon Kaen Isaan

And let’s hope it stays that way. Tomorrow Episode 8 of the Isaan Live Podcast, I will be visiting once again with Father Shea at Sarnelli House Orphanage up in Nong Khai. And still trying to figure…Continue reading


One of the many faces of Thainess in Thailand

I have been passing the Xoi Cuc seller a few times a week for a few months now, here in Sakon Nakhon. While passing the other morning Daeng mentioned being hungry, nothing new there, so I said let’s try the Xoi Cuc, to which she answered it was bottled water

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One of the many faces of Thainess in Thailand

The Baci Ceremony, Northeast Thailand had no Business in a Buddhist Monastery

Much of the following taken fromThe Baci Ceremony The Lao Heritage Foundation. Baci is an animist ritual used to celebrate important events and occasions, like births and marriages and any event of importance in the cycle of life, Briefly the Baci is a ceremony to celebrate a special event, whether a marriage, a homecoming, a welcome, a birth, or one of the annual festivals.

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The Baci Ceremony, Northeast Thailand had no Business in a Buddhist Monastery

Offering Food Thai Style and Buddhist Style Kathin 2012 Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

Back on the 30th of October the end of Pansaa was marked in the same way many Auspicious events are in a Thai City Temple. I can not call these Buddhist Temples as they only conduct themselves tangently as Buddhists.

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Offering Food Thai Style and Buddhist Style Kathin 2012 Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

Water Rocket Competition, Rajabhat University, Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

I do not know how many schools from around the region participated in the contest but there were about 8 schools represented in the finals. The kids were quite enthusiastic and well mannered

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Water Rocket Competition, Rajabhat University, Sakon Nakhon, Thailand