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Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby Pannapetar » Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:16 am

Hello everyone,

My name is Thomas; I am an expatriate living in Thailand since 1993. A lifelong interest in philosophy and psychology brought me to study the Theravada school of Buddhism shortly after moving here. I found it very profound and it has an enduring effect on my life. In addition to Buddhism, I have studied other things such as Taoism, consciousness research, psychotherapy, ancient Greek and Indian philosophy, formal logic, cosmology, 20th century physics, though I am not an expert in any of these. Professionally, I am a software engineer.

I stumbled across this forum yesterday and I am looking forward to an inspiring exchange. Thanks to the site owner and the administrators for creating this opportunity.

Cheers, Thomas
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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby Ben » Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:25 am

Hi Thomas

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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:14 am

Hi Thomas
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:31 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

There sure are some beautiful temples over there in Thailand. I hope to see them one day.

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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby gavesako » Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:34 pm

Have you ever been to Wat Umong to talk to some Western monk there?
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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby Pannapetar » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:31 am

Hello Ven. Gavesako,

Yes, I've been to Wat Umong several times, though I did not yet have a chance to talk to the monks there. Looking forward to do so. Most temple visits are a busy affair since I tend to go there with family and friends to make offerings to the monks (Thai style).

I am thrilled to know there's a Buddhist monastery in Freising.

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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby gavesako » Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:16 pm

I know that there are at least 2 Western monks at Wat Umong (the one near the university with tunnels and big Chedi, not the one downtown), one Australian Ajahn Charles and another Swiss monk. I think they meet with visitors near the lake at Chinese pavillion early afternoon on Sunday. Chiang Mai should really have its own English-language Dhamma scene, dont you think?
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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby Pannapetar » Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:59 am

gavesako wrote:Chiang Mai should really have its own English-language Dhamma scene, dont you think?


That would be nice indeed. In addition to Wat Umong, there is Wat Rampoeng at the canal road and the International Buddhism Centre at Wat Doi Suthep which both offer occasional retreats to English speaking visitors. But I haven't yet come across any "Phra Farang" (foreign monk) based in the city despite living here for four years. While I did not exactly comb through all temples of Chiang Mai, I've been to all of the famous ones. Perhaps foreigners prefer to go to the mountains!? -- I shall schedule another visit to Wat Umong.

How are things in Freising? This is probably one of the places in Germany that Germans would think of as being "erzkatholisch". The soaring golden spire of a Buddhist pagoda would fit wonderfully with the town's cathedrals, wouldn't it? :smile:

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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby gavesako » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:18 pm

Yes, it is a funny combination and so far the offical church representatives have been rather reserved towards the Buddhist monks who live in a rented house 100 meters from the cathedral (people can actually see a Buddha image through the window when they come out of the church). We also go on almsround in the old town every day. In the old days, I am sure we would already have been burned at the stake but these days the Catholic church has to be a bit more careful due to the media attention that such a event would surely attract. Anyway, I shall make myself ready for anything (as the old christian saints did, dying for their faith at the hands of heathens...).

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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby Pannapetar » Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:27 am

gavesako wrote:Anyway, I shall make myself ready for anything (as the old christian saints did, dying for their faith at the hands of heathens...).


Well, let's hope it won't come to that. :smile:

I went to Wat Umong yesterday and listened to the English dhamma talk given by Ajahn Charles (I believe it was him, since he sounded Australian). We went on to feed the turtles and the fish, bought some books, and I also got some information on their meditation programs. It was a lovely sunny day, and an interesting talk that touched upon many subjects. Now I am considering to do a short retreat over there, although probably not any time soon, since I am already booked for another "cave retreat" in the mountains.

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