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Buddhism in Thailand

Title: Buddhism in Thailand

A guide for Expats and visitors

Lawrence Whiting


Almost all visitors to Thailand will come into contact with Buddhism in some way. There are more than 200,000 monks in Thailand so you will see monks and novices out and about on the streets. There are more than 30,000 temples (wat in Thai) so you will see and may visit a temple, or several. Those lucky enough to spend some time with a Thai family will find themselves witnessing and even participating in many of the rituals and customs that are part of everyday Buddhism in Thailand.

 This book describes the practice of Buddhism as it is found in Thailand today, explaining how ritual and custom fit in to the main ideas of the religion. It depicts what you are likely to experience of Buddhism in everyday life in Thailand: and for most lay people that includes temples, monks, ceremony, festivals, and the collection and spending of money.

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Lawrence Whiting has many years of experience in Thailand, both in Bangkok and in rural areas. Buddhism in Thailand: a guide for expats and visitors will shed light on many of the mysteries which confront those visitors who find themselves wondering what is going on as they visit temples and take part in festivals and family ceremonies.

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements

  • Table of Contents      

  • Introduction   

  • Chapter One  -    The Wat Compound and its Buildings      

  • Chapter Two  -    Visiting a Wat        

  • Chapter Three  -  Monks, Novices and Mae Chee     

  • Chapter Four  -   The Thai Sangha     

  • Chapter Five  -    Basic Beliefs of Thai Buddhists    

  • Chapter Six  -      Lay Practice in Everyday Life       

  • Chapter Seven  -  Ceremonies organized by lay people         

  • Chapter Eight  -   Ceremonies initiated by the Sangha and held in a wat     

  • Chapter Nine  -    Ordinations and Funerals  

  • Chapter Ten  -     Visiting Thai Wats 

  • Glossary         


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Note about the author:

Lawrence is a retired teacher who has taught English in England, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Laos. He lived and worked in Bangkok from 1967 to 1974. He married Pensri in Bangkok in 1969 and their son Dominic was born there in 1970. Their daughter Darunee was also born in Bangkok, in 1973. In 1974 the family moved to Vientiane, Laos, and then to England in 1976.


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