Buddhism and society in Thailand
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Published by Centre for South East Asian Studies in Gaya .
Written in English



  • Thailand


  • Buddhism -- Social aspects -- Thailand -- Congresses,
  • Thailand -- Social conditions -- Congresses

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Edition Notes

Statementedited by B.J. Terwiel ; general editor, Sachchidanand Sahai.
ContributionsTerwiel, B. J., Sahai, Sachchidanand., International Conference on Thai Studies (1st : 1981 New Delhi, India)
LC ClassificationsBQ550 .B83x 1984
The Physical Object
Paginationiv, 127 p. :
Number of Pages127
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2154060M
LC Control Number88672256

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As the first value system, the study examines the Theravada Buddhism as founded by the Buddha, then focuses on its application in Thailand, on Buddhist ethics and morality, on the conflicts between some aspects of Buddhism and the rapidly changing society and, finally, on various movements attempting to re-form Buddhism in that country.   From this book, I learn that any male Buddhist person could become a Buddhist monk just temporarily. Therefore, the concept of temporary monastic life in Buddhism is quite similar to a Catholic retreat: giving up material pleasures for at least a week and vowing not to touch money during the entire duration of his monasticism/5. This book is a valuable contribution to the field of Thai Studies and the study of modern Buddhism; offering new perspectives on fascinating phenomena in Thai society. The six case studies in this book allow the reader to gain interesting insights into Thai Theravada in the context of globalization. Thailand is perhaps the only country in the world where the king is constitutionally stipulated to be a Buddhist and the upholder of the Faith. For centuries Buddhism has established itself in Thailand and has enriched the lives of the Thais in all their aspects. Indeed, without Buddhism, Thailand would not .

what is pursued in Buddhist Thailand. Thanks are due to H.E. Phan Wannamethee, President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, who kindly granted permission for publishing this volume. It is hoped that the material presented in this book will provide the read-er with a clear view of the role of Buddhism in Thailand. Noranit Setabutr. This book is not an example of that genre. It is an attempt to interpret Buddhism in the light of some curren The current Western interest in Buddhism and other Eastern religions is--among other reasons--both the result of and the stimulation for an entire library of books purporting to bring the Wisdom of the East to an audience for whom the 4/5. Gambling, the State and Society in Thailand, c book. Gambling, the State and Society in Thailand, c DOI link for Gambling, the State and Society in Thailand, c Given the supposed centrality of Buddhism within Thai society, this is perhaps surprising. But condemnations of gambling on religious grounds were. : Thailand: Buddhism, Society and Women () by Alexandra Kapur-Fic; Alexandra R. Kapur-Fic; Kapur-Fic, Alexandra R. and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great prices.

Buddhism originated in India in the 6th century BC, founded by Prince Siddhartha, who eventually achieved the ultimate goal of enlightenment. After 49 days of meditating under a bodhi tree, he became Buddha, or the “Awakened One.” Buddhism later arrived in Thailand from Sri Lanka.   29 See, for instance, Suksamran, Somboon, Buddhism and Politics in Thailand: A Study of Socio-Political Change and Political Activism of the Thai Sangha (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, ), 24 – 25; Jory, Patrick, “ Thai and Western Buddhist Scholarship in the Age of Colonialism: King Chulalongkorn Redefines the Jatakas. Although Thailand is a Buddhist country and the majority of the population professes Buddhism, that is hardly half the story. There still remains the need to practice the Dhamma, and if this is done by a sufficiently large number of people peace and prosperity will certainly result, and there will be less problems in society. Theravada is one of the three main branches of Buddhism. In Asia it is practiced widely in Thailand, Laos, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. This fascinating ethnography opens a window onto two communities of Theravada Buddhists in contemporary America: one outside Philadelphia that is composed largely of Thai immigrants and one outside Boston that consists mainly of white s: 9.