The 'aids temple' in Lopburi Thailand

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The 'aids temple' in Lopburi Thailand

Postby Bankei » Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:08 pm

Hi

Has anyone recenly been to the aids temple in Lopburi Thailand. Wat Phra Baht Nam Phu is the name, and the abbot accepts aids patients who are cared for until death, like a hospice.

website http://www.aidstemple.th.org/
Book by a French volunteer, very nicely written with some very sad stores, http://www.stylite.net/MMB/telech-chronicles.htm

My Thai wife wishes to go there, but i have seen some pictures on the net of the patients and feel it would be very stressful for me to see people suffering in such a way. i also have concerns that is disrespectful to the patients for hoards to tourists to be trampling through the centre interupting their treatments.

Thanks

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Re: The 'aids temple' in Lopburi Thailand

Postby Mexicali » Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:10 pm

I don't know if it would inherently be disrespectful to go to such a place. What would be your intention in doing so?
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Re: The 'aids temple' in Lopburi Thailand

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:52 pm

Greetings Bankei,

Is there a way in which you can offer assistance?

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Re: The 'aids temple' in Lopburi Thailand

Postby Bankei » Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:45 am

I have dome some searches and found some distrubing information on that temple:

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/Famous-Ai ... 83509.html

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... l&offset=0
eg/ "he abbot plans to build a sports centre (cost: the equivalent of £1.6m) and carve a meditation path through the hill above the temple (£8m)." that is sports centre for 104 million baht and a mediation walk in the hills about the temple for 520 million baht

eg2. The abbot has purchased an expensive soccer ball training device - 5.2 million baht

Yet, I remember reading in the book by the French volunteer that they did not have enough antiboitics.

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Re: The 'aids temple' in Lopburi Thailand

Postby AlaskanDhamma » Fri May 01, 2009 11:04 pm

I think if your intentions were to go to offer donations or assistance in some way, it would not be viewed as disrespectful.

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Re: The 'aids temple' in Lopburi Thailand

Postby appicchato » Sat May 02, 2009 1:07 am

Bankei wrote:The abbot has purchased an expensive soccer ball training device - 5.2 million baht

Yet, I remember reading in the book by the French volunteer that they did not have enough antiboitics.

Nobody's perfect...and he's not a MIT graduate...this facility is a lush green oasis in a desert of indifference and is deserving of all the support they can get...

They have alleviated the suffering of hundreds, if not thousands, of gentle people with no where else to turn...nitpicking over how they spend a few bucks is immaterial...if I were asked...

Be well... :smile:
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