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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Phra That Choeng Chum and Vesakha Puja 2012

I stopped at the temple to see how many folks were circumambulating the That prior to the arrival of the large crowd that would arrive in procession a couple hours later. Thousand later arrived to be seen appearing to make merit to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. When I passed the morning of the 5th the true numbers of those who actually observed Vesakha Puja at that temple became apparent; pretty much none. At forest temples in particular, but at many wats throughout the Buddhist world Buddhists spend the entire night in the sala with the Sangha listening to talks and meditating, But the fact is Buddhism has little place in a country where excessive consumption runs rampant and face has replaced substance