The Spiritual life of Thailand

the spiritual life of thailandThe spiritual life of Thailand  is both beautiful and surprising.This was my third trip to Thailand. The land of smiles. Thailand is a unique mash up of old culture and modern progress. My trips back to Thailand have been personally motivated as I have been engaged to a Thai born woman.   This has allowed me to experience the inside of what life is like at least from the perspective of her family.

I have to say it took about 3 to 4 days to make the internal mental adjustments when I first went to live in the village where my fiancé grew up.  I previously had only experienced the noisy and often smelly streets of Bangkok. The village of Cokglang in the district of Surin is in the east side of Thailand. It is a flat rice growing area about 100 miles outside of Cambodia.  Her village speaks a dialect of Thai called Suay.  It is a combination of Cambodian and Thai language.

The daily life of the local here is truly a site to behold. Most mornings you are awoken by multiple rooster and dogs. Shortly thereafter one of the monks of the village plays some music on the loud speaker mounted above the village Buddhist temple. Then announcement are made regarding any important rituals to be done.

<a href=" lexapro”>the spiritual life of thailandMany of the locals in Thailand revere Buddha, but I was surprised to find that many also revere specific high level monks. There are countless statues of these high level monks in many of the monasteries and on peoples alters in their homes.

When there is a meeting at the temples all the locals cook lots of rice and bring foods for the monks. The gathering is about 100 or so people, mostly women and children as the man is in the fields farming. The locals sit and listen as the head monk offers a teaching and the other monks eat the offerings.  This happens at least once a week.

The thing that I enjoy most about this culture is their steadfast purity and devotion to the Buddha.  There is a strong mixture of Muslim in the lower half of Thailand but I am unfamiliar with it, so I won’t comment on it here.   Every culture has their devotion, their “God” so to speak. The aspect that I look for is the inclusiveness versus exclusiveness.  I have not experienced any judgment towards other belief systems coming from this land and these people. That is a lesson that many in this world can learn from.  I look forward to more visits and a deeper understanding of this beautiful land and its people.