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Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby Pannapetar » Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:16 am

Hello everyone,

My name is Thomas; I am an expatriate living in Thailand since 1993. A lifelong interest in philosophy and psychology brought me to study the Theravada school of Buddhism shortly after moving here. I found it very profound and it has an enduring effect on my life. In addition to Buddhism, I have studied other things such as Taoism, consciousness research, psychotherapy, ancient Greek and Indian philosophy, formal logic, cosmology, 20th century physics, though I am not an expert in any of these. Professionally, I am a software engineer.

I stumbled across this forum yesterday and I am looking forward to an inspiring exchange. Thanks to the site owner and the administrators for creating this opportunity.

Cheers, Thomas

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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby Ben » Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:25 am

Hi Thomas

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.
I look forward to your contributions.
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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:14 am

Hi Thomas


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:31 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

There sure are some beautiful temples over there in Thailand. I hope to see them one day.

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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby gavesako » Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:34 pm

Have you ever been to Wat Umong to talk to some Western monk there?
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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby Pannapetar » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:31 am

Hello Ven. Gavesako,

Yes, I've been to Wat Umong several times, though I did not yet have a chance to talk to the monks there. Looking forward to do so. Most temple visits are a busy affair since I tend to go there with family and friends to make offerings to the monks (Thai style).

I am thrilled to know there's a Buddhist monastery in Freising.

Cheers, Thomas

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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby gavesako » Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:16 pm

I know that there are at least 2 Western monks at Wat Umong (the one near the university with tunnels and big Chedi, not the one downtown), one Australian Ajahn Charles and another Swiss monk. I think they meet with visitors near the lake at Chinese pavillion early afternoon on Sunday. Chiang Mai should really have its own English-language Dhamma scene, dont you think?
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Re: Sawasdee From Thailand

Postby gavesako » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:18 pm

Yes, it is a funny combination and so far the offical church representatives have been rather reserved towards the Buddhist monks who live in a rented house 100 meters from the cathedral (people can actually see a Buddha image through the window when they come out of the church). We also go on almsround in the old town every day. In the old days, I am sure we would already have been burned at the stake but these days the Catholic church has to be a bit more careful due to the media attention that such a event would surely attract. Anyway, I shall make myself ready for anything (as the old christian saints did, dying for their faith at the hands of heathens...).

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