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Monday, March 7, 2011

Thai Buddhism and Praying

Thailand, isaan, buddhism, thai buddhism, thainess
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This post is still linked to the Bangkok Post article that got me cranked up in the 1st place

This a quote from a blog I saw , titled "Thai Buddhist"
"I am Buddhist and so are about 95% of people in Thailand. For us, it is more a way of life than other religions. We don't see the Buddha as a God but rather as a real person who reached enlightenment through meditation and leading a good life. When we pray or pay respect to his image we are promising him that we will do our best to be good."
I can imagine an Irish Catholic saying" I am A Catholic, as is 95% of Ireland Catholics believe..."
I do not know anyone who sees the Buddha as a god. Actually the Thais do more than anyone.
Thai Buddhism might be for people who pray. I have never seem anything in real Buddhist studies about praying in Buddhism.
And why does he assume that buddhism is more a way of life than christianity to a christian?
So here's a new 1. Is praying Thai Buddhist?
I am familiar with the Suttas and certainly do not see them as prayers, but as teachings.

Here are the words of the Karunaiya Metta Sutta

This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness,
And who knows the path of peace:
... Wishing: In gladness and in safety,
May all beings be at ease.

Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong,

omitting none,
The great or the mighty,
medium, short or small,

The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born —
May all beings be at ease!

Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.

Where is the prayer here. Looks like directions to me. This is more of what I hope we explore in future posts.