Religion in Thailand Buddhism

In Thailand, the temples are always open so you can go in and pray. Although Buddhism is a religion based on philosophy and not on belief in God, asking the usual Thai man still in the Buddha as if he would be a god. Often you see people praying with lotus flowers, garlands and incense they use to honor Buddha.

When Thais die summoned monks from the temple closest to home so that they can ensure that the soul comes into the sky properly. To the funeral, or as they are called cremation both monks as friends and family comes and the dead get food and light on his grave. One can see the dead urns in many places in the temples where they are placed in what is called stupor. a Buddhist funeral differs from our western and it usually starts as a party in the home and can last up to 14 days, even a party held 100 days after the date of death, but only for one day.

The great Buddhist festival often takes place in May, when Thais celebrate Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. At this time you clean and decorate their homes as well as temples to get a facelift. By nightfall they pour perfumed water over Buddha statues and Thai people walking around with candles in their hands.

Buddhism plays a major role in Thailand, both spiritually and culturally, literature, art, and architecture has mostly partly religious undertones. Buddha means "the enlightened one." The cover is used on a person through meditation has gained complete picture control over himself and attained the true knowledge.

Buddhism's founder was an Indian Brahama-fursteson, Siddhartha Gautama. He lived 563-483 BC and his teachings on Buddhism came to Thailand 527 years before Christ.

When Siddhartha was born in Belvedere he previewed to become a mighty ruler if he would choose a worldly life. However, if he chose a holy life, he would achieve an inner clairvoyance. The prince wanted his son to become a mighty ruler and therefore had Siddharta live a life surrounded by beauty and riches and completely shielded from the world outside the palace. One day, when Siddhartha was 29 years old, he still made it out. He then met an old man, met a sick man and a dead man carried by the weeping relatives and he was terrified of that life could be so hard. Finally, he met a mendicant who radiated a peace and harmony and not least wisdom. Siddhartha then decided to leave the palace, her newborn baby and his wife to become a monk. He tried through asceticism to arrive at what was the purpose of life, after six years, he gave up his attempt to find the truth of the meaning of life. He decided to sit under a Bodhi tree and meditate until he had attained the true understanding of what life means. In a vision he saw the secret of life in a coherent chain. Persons or damage so to speak, caught in this chain and can be born again and again, only if one of the chain links are broken, life can cease and the person may go into Nirvana.

Siddhartha Gautama found the way out of this chain, and became the Buddha. During the remainder of he preached his doctrine that many listened to and followed strictly. Buddha's teachings are based on Brahma The idea of ​​Samsara (reincarnation) and karma (law of cause and effect) which says that all good and bad actions are a crucial for the next life will be. Man's goal is to free themselves from rebirth eternal chain. To become a Buddha one must complete control over his mind, through meditation can gain this control while creating inner peace and clarity. Buddha rejects the fanatical asceticism and worship. Buddhism is a religion that supersedes belief in God with philosophy. Most Buddhists try to follow the Five Precepts, which reads: Do not kill, do not lie, do not steal, do not act immoral, don’t take intoxicants. The Buddhism practiced in Thailand and called Theravada "Sr. road" It is the original form of Buddhism, every person must save himself without help from outside.

Life in monastery
In Thailand all males under 20 is expected to join the monastery for at least 3 months. In the monasteries taught in the usual school subjects but also in the teaching of Buddha. From July to September, one can in many temples see young men during large celebrations are taking monastic order. The novice wears the white robes and tonsure. Under an umbrella that protects against the sun they go together with friends and family around the temple. Society has brought some simple gifts that the young man will take with them into the temple, and reciting some verses from the Buddha's teachings. During the ceremony, replacing the young replace the young man into an orange suit that he will wear during the time that he should be in the monastery. The ceremony ended and the young monk gets a mortgage assigned in the convent. A monk can always leave the order without his chances for a later access restricted.

Monks in Thailand do not live isolated, on the contrary, there is much contact between them and the general population. Every morning at seven o'clock you can see monks walking around with empty bowls to collect rice or vegetables for their only meal that should be taken before 12:00 on the day. The women share the joy out food to the monks as they thereby do a good deed. The monks are also involved in development projects where they, among other things helps with teaching. In addition to the five life rules that all Buddhists must try to follow the monks also live in poverty and celibacy reason for this is that women and wealth seem to disturb the concentration when meditating.