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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thai Buddhism, State Buddhism, Buddhism and Dhamma in Northeast Thailand

As for the practice of the Dhamma in accordance with the Dhamma, the best known provenance for this term is in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta [Digha 16], in
which the Buddha states that worship with flowers, incense, and praise is not the true worship of the Tathagata. The only true worship of the Tathagata is to
practice the Dhamma in accordance with the Dhamma. Ajaan Mun would use this concept to stress that one’s practice should be an attempt to bring one’s own
behavior up to the standard of the Dhamma, rather than trying to bring the Dhamma down to the level of one’s own customs and preferences. This standard
thus precluded any argument that time or place could excuse behavior that did not live up to the standards established by the Buddha’s Dhamma and Vinaya.

When muddled in the world of academia, historians, researchers and apologists the Dhamma is the place to find the answers about the Dhamma, to find refuge.
Muddling through "Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets by Stanley."Forest Monks and the Nation State" by James Taylor. And the third "Forest Recollections" by Kamala Tiayavanich and the hurdles to information thrown up by State Buddhism in Thailand I found clarification in an article written by Thanissaro Bhikkhu titled 

The Traditions of the Noble Ones An Essay on the Thai Forest ...

I have some trouble with this link in Firefox, but it comes right up in Chrome and IE. Or you can simply do a google search for "the Traditions of the Noble Ones" Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
An Essay on the Thai Forest Tradition and its Relationship with the Dhammayut
Hierarchy
Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Metta Forest Monastery
(This paper was presented at the Ninth International Thai Studies Conference,
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL; April, 2005)

Relative to the previous  paper is"The Customs of the Noble Ones", by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, 7 June 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/customs.html . Retrieved on 21 February 2012.
One way or another in clear simple English he clears up much of the confusion and contradiction found in the  authors and State Buddhism in Thailand.
So it's back to more reading, murals, and temples and history, perhaps.