• We are dying. So what will you do today?
    Buddhism

    We are Dying, So What Will You Do Today?

    We are dying. Let those words strike a feeling deep inside of your gut because death is a certainty. The time to work on what legacy will be left behind for this world is now. Whatever that may be. Whether it’s art, a book, a philosophy, or any other creation. Decide on what that mark will be and make it happen. Nobody else is going to do it for you. Start making plans to see the things you want to see and have the experiences you want to experience. As in right now.   Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase…

  • Salawat of a Thai temple
    Buddhism,  Travel

    What to Expect When You Visit a Thai Buddhist Temple

    The first thing to expect when you visit a Thai Buddhist temple (wat) are lots of buildings. Temples actually consist of several different structures. Remember, an active temple houses Buddhist monks. This is where they live. That’s why you will find a place to sleep and eat in addition to the area for prayer. There will also be important elements used in the landscaping that include statues, corner stones, and sacred trees. The three biggest structures are the ordination hall, the sermon hall, and either a chedi or prang. You can think of a temple as being divided in two: the Phuttawat and Sanghawat. The Phuttawat is the area dedicated…

  • Reclining Buddha, Ayutthaya, Thailand
    Buddhism

    Reclining Buddha in Buddhism and Thailand

    The Reclining Buddha comes from an important time of Buddha’s life. That time right before he enters parinirvana. Also known as nirvana-after-death, the term refers to the death of someone who has attained nirvana in their lifetime. Rebirth is a strong theme in Buddhism that states a person lives life after life perfecting one’s self until finally reaching the state of parinirvana. Thus, parinirvana is the ending of this cycle of rebirth.   Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at no extra cost to you.   The Buddha pauses. He tells his followers to make a…

  • 9 Real Quotes from the Buddha
    Buddhism

    9 Real Buddha Quotes

    One of my biggest peeves is seeing quotes attributed to the Lord Buddha that are not real. I think my problem with it is how casually they are used. In reality, sayings from the Buddha were given to his followers and are meant to teach real knowledge. So with this in mind, I wanted to share 9 of my favorite real quotes from the Buddha. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at no extra cost to you.   I also want to pass along a great resource for those wanting to check to see if a…

  • Wat Phra Si Mahathat in Bang Khen, Bangkok
    Buddhism,  Travel

    Wat Phra Si Mahathat in Bang Khen, Bangkok

    The first thing noticed about Wat Phra Si Mahathat when looking at a map is the man-made canals that look like two arms reaching out. Of course, this is only noticeable on the map or from the sky. The temple has a park setting which is very relaxing. My wife and I enjoyed strolling around and looking at everything. Sacred fig trees on each side of the site stand with Buddha underneath. An umbrella sits atop his head which represents enlightenment. Cannonball fruit trees stand here also, another important tree in Theravada Buddhism. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we…

  • Concepts of Thai Buddhism: Karma, Merit, Rebirth & Nirvana
    Buddhism

    Concepts of Karma, Merit, Rebirth & Nirvana

    Karma, merit, rebirth, and nirvana are important concepts in Thai Buddhism. They are essential keys for followers to understand. Each one goes hand in hand, which is important to realize. The Thai Buddhist seeks good karma by making merit so that rebirth leads closer to the supreme goal of nirvana. Karma & Making Merit Karma is a natural law of the universe. No deity, priest, or monk rules karma. When thinking of gravity, we know that what comes up must come down. Karma exists with it’s own sort of law. What you do now affects what happens later.  The concepts of karma and making merit are tied together. Making merit…

  • How to Pray and Make an Offering at a Thailand Temple
    Buddhism

    How to Pray and Make an Offering at a Thailand Temple

    Whether a Buddhist or not, all can show respect, pray, and make an offering at the temples of Thailand. However, bear in mind not all temples are the same. Contrary to popular belief different temples can have different meanings. There are temples devoted to the Queen, to the city of Bangkok, to those who have passed over, and more. Because of this there may be slight differences in how you make an offering and the praying. Generally speaking though, the offering consists of the same items….candle, flower, and incense. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at…

  • Explore the Wai in Thai Culture
    Buddhism,  Culture,  Travel

    Explore the Wai in Thai Culture

    The wai is an important gesture in Thailand culture. Thai people use the wai to greet one another, to pray, and show respect. The wai may be included with a thank you. It is even performed when apologizing. This aspect of Thailand culture is displayed in all of the aforementioned situations. In addition, the position of the wai relative to the body has different meanings as well. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at no extra cost to you.   First, let’s talk about form. Touch hands together at the chest level. You then place the…

  • Lotus flower in Buddhism & Thai Culture
    Buddhism,  Culture

    Examining the Lotus Flower in Buddhism and Thai Culture

    The lotus flower is a sacred symbol of Buddhism. It is found throughout Thai culture. Found in muddy waters, the lotus rises above to show off it’s beauty. This feat is symbolic in Buddhism as it represents enlightenment. The lovely look of the flower is symbolic of purity. Throughout Thai literature and art it reflects feminine beauty. Known as ‘bua’ in the Thai language, the lotus is one the most important images in both Buddhism and Thai culture. Disclosure: This blog receives payments from advertisements when you click on a link and make a purchase. Excuse My Thai does not endorse or make claims about products in any of these…

  • Buddhism in Thailand: A Quick Introduction
    Buddhism

    Buddhism in Thailand: A Quick Introduction

    From an early age I was drawn to the peaceful religion of Buddhism. The teachings had always made a lot of sense to me. I have since married a Thai woman, traveled throughout Thailand, and have also prayed at Buddhist temples. What exactly is Buddhism though? Seeing that I read this question often, I have attempted a quick introduction to those who may be interested. With this in mind, the Buddhism I discuss here is Theravada Buddhism, the most popular religion of Thailand. Quickly, a few translations of words frequently heard in the Thai language… To make merit – tham bun Temple – wat Holy, sacred – saksit Thai Buddhists will…