Drolma wrote:I'd really like to know what the monks are chanting.
Peter wrote:"Many Thais say that the true spirit of Buddhism is being lost."
Peter wrote:From the article:
"Many Thais say that the true spirit of Buddhism is being lost."
mikenz66 wrote:At least they make some merit by making a donation...
mikenz66 wrote:This isn't particularly special, apart from the coffins it sounds like what I've seen at the local Wat. Here the lay person just disappears under a sheet, the monks chant some of the funeral chants about "sankhara anicca...", then they come out and the monks chant some sort of birth chant.
As far as I can understand, people do it here to "turn over a new leaf", etc, when they want to "turn their life around". Of course it might be more effective for them to do a meditation retreat, but I think there is a place for ritual as long as one appreciates it for what it is. At least they make some merit by making a donation...
Dharmano so bhagava
Evam bahulam savake vineti
Evam bhaga ca panassa bhagavato savakesu anusani bahula pavattati
retrofuturist wrote:I wonder about the potential demerit of those performing the ceremonies.
Drolma wrote:I don't feel it's fair to rush to judgment without knowing exactly what the monks are chanting...
Drolma wrote:Truly dealing with the truth of change and impermanence can bring great comfort in a time of stress. Knowing that things will pass is a nice reminder...
Jirapat Winarungruang, 37, a lawyer, came one recent day to complete a transformation that he began four years ago when he changed his name from the less auspicious Suthep Wina. His new name includes the suffix rungruang, which means prosperity.
Fifty percent of a person’s destiny is determined by his name, Mr. Jirapat said, and the other 50 percent by his date of birth. When he arose from the coffin, born again, he said, the last vestiges of the old Suthep Wina would be gone.