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Thai Forest Tradition

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Thai Forest Tradition

Postby maverick » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:49 am

Do monks still wonder into the forest and caves to meditate in Thai Forest Tradition these days or they just stays in the monasteries ?
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Re: Thai Forest Tradition

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Re: Thai Forest Tradition

Postby gavesako » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:52 pm

See nice nice slideshow of monks in northern and north-eastern Thailand (border regions) walking on tudong:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEVIJAZ3jxo
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Re: Thai Forest Tradition

Postby chownah » Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:12 am

Most of the forests in Thailand have been cut down....there are still some large tracts of forest in national parks. I think you are more likely to find tourists in the forests and caves than monks but I could be wrong in that I don't usually go trapseing around in the woods here....I think the idea of monks "wandering" into forests and caves to meditate is more a romantic fantasy than a reality in Thailand.....I'm not saying that there are not any monks doing this but I think the number is very very small......I saw a man wearing clothes brownish grey from age and dirt, with a long beard and hair and a bag on his back walking along the highway....he looked like an ascetic to me....my wife (Thai) said he was a crazy person....it is possible that he spends a good portion of time in the forest...and perhaps he meditates there....he was not a standard issue Thai monk though....
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Re: Thai Forest Tradition

Postby JeffR » Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:18 am

I know a monk who has gone tudong walking from Northwest Thailand to India.

When the monks I know go into a forest in Thailand, it is in a National Park and usually (not always) involves staying near a small human settlement where they can go for alms.


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