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Sorry not Thai. I'm a westerner (black American) who attends a Thai Forest temple, and they were welcoming to me since the beginning. Honestly as someone who has been attending for a while, the "Sunday service" question would have been strange to me too. We have chanting and meditation open to laypeople once in the morning and evening. Of course, visitors ...


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I have been to only one temple in the West and it wasn't Thai. A very traditional one. They had no website, not spacious, the interior "design" - there's none - just traditional set up, no music, occasionally filled with smoke from burning incense. This is only generally spoken; it is not a rule, but: An irrelevant, however, funny example, would be ...


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I can relate to your question. I'm from Brazil and it is very hard to find Buddhists here and when I did I found only New Kadampa Tradition and FPMT (both Tibetan Mahayana). I do like FPMT very much and went to a great retreat in Nepal with them, but I'm currently more interested in the Theravada tradition. This is what I do: When I have the chance to go ...


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When you posted this question a few weeks back, I was in a very similar situation. I had recently found out there is a Laotian temple not too far from me. The temple did not have a website and my phone call to them turned out pretty much exactly like yours! But secular Buddhist activities don't have great appeal for me and I really wanted to visit a ...


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I remember going to my first Theravada Vihara years back and thanking them for coming to teach westerners. The monk there made a great point in response, they came because the area had a population of Sri Lankan people who requested them to come, not for some grand vision to bring dhamma to the west. Very few monastics, at least in the Theravada, ...


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Thai is one of the most complicated written languages in the world.. (not saying most efficient). One of the rules is if a word is from foreign language, a new alphabet and a written structure is invented so that it would be distinguishable between original thai and foreign languages, which mainly Pali or Sanskrit. To give an example of a word "nirvana" ...


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is it possible to do tai-chi and this type of noting? I would not have thought so, but maybe that's because I'm not good enough at labeling and/or at tai chi. Labeling is not what I was taught to do, when I was taught tai chi. I find that tai chi is so complicated, or so immersive, that it seems to shut off the verbal part of my mind. When I'm 'doing ...


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This seems to be pretty much straightforward: King Ram Khamhaeng (c. 1237/1247 – 1298) is credited with both the creation of the Thai alphabet and the firm establishment of Theravada Buddhism as the state religion of the Kingdom. As mentioned in other answers, the writing system was built in the way so that original Pali/Sanskrit sacral texts underwent ...


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Thai chanting has a very distinctive rhythm and melody to it. The makers of that chanting book have simply replicated the Thai style to fit English. You couldn't do it exactly the same as the Pali because the lengths of words and sentences are different and the melodies sort of match up with the sentence boundaries.


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Peter Harvey in an Introduction to Buddhism says of chanting [chanting] has a rhythm which encourages the mind to flow from word to word [but ..] usually lacks melody which might encourage some words to become distorted Also chanting is neither singing or a monotonous dirge [...] it holds interest with it's minor variations of pitch and rhythm ...


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Here is Buddha's take on what the translator pinned as 'protective charms & ceremonies' "Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower, a stain of a lay follower, a dregs of a lay follower. Which five? He/she does not have conviction [in the Buddha's Awakening]; is unvirtuous; is eager for protective charms &...


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The quote from DN 2 below shows practices which are considered wrong livelihood for monks and contemplatives. While the making of amulets and talismans is not listed explicitly, "casting spells for good or bad luck" is listed, which is close enough. Furthermore, such luck amulets go along with practices like astrology, palmistry, geomancy, omen-...


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