Lessons from the burnt Buddha statue in Wat Mahathat

For the Buddhist Observation Calendar 2024/ 2567 that is available for free download, I’ve selected the Buddha statue located at Wat Mahathat, Ayuthaya as the cover picture….in this post I would like to explain the story behind: Once long time ago, there was a Buddhist nun who was undergoing solidary ascetic (tudong) practice. She arrived [...]

Yatha Vari Hara Pura

The monks and nuns would frequently chant the Yatha varihara pura chant for transference of merits during alms and requisites offerings. In Thai, it is known as “guat nam”. Sometimes the person would prepare the vessel to pour water used specifically for transference of merits (seen in the video below). In the case of offering [...]

Morning Chanting

In Thai temples, the monks would chant the morning chanting/morning service before going for almsround. With the availability of chanting both in video and transcripts, it is easy for us to learn the chanting. The morning chanting which I have been taught contained the following. This can be chanted by lay persons at home each [...]

Buddhist 5 Precepts (Panca Sila)

Five Precepts is the fundamental training rule for every Buddhist. In a temple, laypersons may invite a monk to administer the 5 precepts as shown in the video below: https://youtu.be/u8v7UJkKmLU Video source: Dhamma is Timeless channel on the 5 precepts Explanation: A lay person in the front of the video (dressed in white attire) would [...]

Asalha Puja

Back to Buddhist Observation Dates Asalha Puja falls on Saturday, 20 July 2024 (20 กรกฎาคม 2567) The Asalha Puja Day (อาสาฬหบูชา) is the day on which the Lord Buddha preached the First Discourse to the Five Ascetics at the Isapatana in the Dear Park near Benares. Usually, it is held on the Full Moon Day of [...]

Magha Puja | Makha Bucha

Back to Buddhist Observation Dates Magha Puja falls on Saturday, 24 February 2024 (24 กุมภาพันธ์ 2567) The Magha Puja Day, also known as วันมาฆบูชา (Wan Makha Bucha) is the annual celebration of the Buddhists held on the Full Moon Day of the third lunar month (February) in the Buddhist countries. In Thailand, the ceremony of Magha Puja [...]

Buddhist 8 Precepts (Aṭṭhasīla)

Lay Buddhist may observe the 8 precepts on Buddhist observance or Uposatha days. The video contains the audio and I have included the transcript of the chanting. https://youtu.be/JjWvLA8tNLU Source YouTube Channel: Dhamma is Timeless on 8 Precepts chanting. Pubbabhāganamakārapāṭha The Preliminary Passage for Revering 贊颂佛偈 Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa (x3) Homage to the Blessed One, [...]

Why I come to Thailand

I did not come to Thailand because of the food, touristy places, night life, culture or just because. I come to Thailand to pursue my spiritual cultivation. Beneath the surface, the practice of Buddhism at its purest exist in Thailand. And that is what I have discovered that prompted me to return to Thailand again [...]

Self Practice during Wesak (Visakha) Day

Back to Buddhist Observation Dates Visakha Bucha or Wesak Day will fall on Wednesday, 22 May 2024 (22 พฤษภาคม 2567.) This method is taught by my teacher as one of the ways a Buddhist can choose to perform self practice on Visakha Bucha day. This is especially so as it is more convenient for one to [...]

The beautiful lotus plant and the significance of lotus

Lotus flower sold in market

The lotus flower have a significant symbolism in Buddhism. In a muddy lake, the lotus flower rises above the impurities and dirt to bloom into a beautiful flower. Therefore, regardless of who we are, we have the capacity to rise above our challenges and limitations. Above are lotus plant being sold in the Don Wai [...]