Thai Buddhist Sutras: Karma

lankavatara sutra

Greatest Thai Buddhist Sutras: Karma. The Culakammavibhanga Sutra You want: long life, health, beauty, power, riches, high birth, wisdom? Or even some of these things? They do not appear by chance. It is not someone’s luck that they are healthy, or another’s lack of it that he is stupid. Though it may not be clear to […]

Literacy in Thailand

School kids Thai

Why is Literacy in Thailand so Poor? Thailand’s Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) recently completed a literacy test of Thailand’s third-grade children and found that out of 600,000 3rd grade students, 35,000 – 5 percent – can’t read or write at all. 200,000 others – 1 in every 3 – struggle to read or write […]

Thai Sex Shows

Thai sex shows 100 years ago: a Humorous Tale with Interesting Pornographic Elements: Thai sex shows 100 years ago arrive long before the influx of GIs during the Vietnam War have revived  sex shows, but this kind of entertainment had already emerged as a feature of Bangkok night life by the 1920s. In Sayam Rat, a […]

Thai Sea Gypsies

Thai Sea Gypsies, in Chiang Mai? I have coffee every morning with a Sea Gypsy. A real one. He started contributing to his family’s income at age 4, when he spent hours each day diving for commercial sea shells. His family and their fellow Sea Gypsy ‘tribes’ were stateless, nomadic marine hunter-gatherers. They drifted with the tides and […]

Lankavatara Sutra

lankavatara sutra

On Discrimination: The Lankavatara Sutra The Lankavatara Sutra is one of the greatest sutras of the Buddhist canon and is beloved throughout Thailand. It deals with discrimination – vivek, in sanskrit – the capacity to tell the difference between conditional and unconditional reality, Here’s an excerpt: As you review the world with your perfect intelligence and compassion, […]

Persistent Ghosts in Thailand

A Thai Government Ghost

Persistent ghosts have been a problem this year in Thailand In last month’s newsletter we brought you news of a serious haunting at Nari Samosorn Building, where a state employee reported encountering a ghost. (A state employee reported encountering a ghost inside the Government House, just days after officials completed a series of rituals aimed […]

Understanding Thai Temples

Thai Temple

If you want to understand Thai Temples, here are some easily recognized features to get you started: The Thai word for temple is wat. When you are giving or receiving directions, Thais usually refer to the nearest wat since the neighborhood wat’s location will be familiar to everyone. That’s how central they are to Thai life. Temples […]

Don’t Argue in Thailand

99 Bar, Chaweng

Whatever You Do, Don’t Argue in Thailand! The tale: A 46-year-old German man, the owner of 99 Beer Bar on Chaweng Beach (a well-known entertainment district on Koh Samui) and his Thai girlfriend were in a nightclub parking lot when they found three teenagers sitting and drinking alcohol on the German’s motorcycle. The German man […]

Ghosts in Thailand

Haunted House

More Ghosts in Thailand… After an army officer said he smelled “ancient perfume” and experienced paranormal activity – as he and his soldiers were moving furniture from Naree Samosorn Building inside the Government House compound last week – officials at Government House were forced to perform a religious ceremony during efforts to renovate the building. […]

Thai Dog Skin Trade

Thai dog skin

There’s a little-known Asian business that will never be big in the West: the Thai dog skin trade. Dog leather is soft, fine-textured and readily distinguishable from other leathers due to its foul smell and scars. If you’re not an expert, you might mistake it for sheep hide. The president of the Thai Footwear Association said the strong […]

Meditation In Thailand

Meditation Boot Camp Thailand

Meditation In Thailand Today Meditation in Thailand is an important part of life. Businessmen take regular meditation breaks at one of thousands of war or temples in Thailand. This is Keith Allen’s story of his meditation boot camp at one of northern Thailand’s most prominent temples: A ten-day Vipassana retreat in Pitsanulok I just returned from […]

Thai Monks Chant The Buddha’s Wholesome Victories

Thai Monks

Thai monks chant The Buddha’s Wholesome Victories Creating a form, thousand-armed, each with a weapon, Mara on the elephant Grimekhala roared frightfully with his soldiers. The Lord of Munis conquered him by means of Dhamma-giving and so-on: By the power of this may you be of wholesome victories. More than Mara making war all night […]

Thai Buddhist Amulets

Thai Buddhist Amulet

Thai Buddhist amulets are something of an obsession in this Buddhist land. Buddhist amulets are part of Thai culture and you see them everywhere. Amulets, on the other hand, ward off evil and repel bad luck. The word itself comes from the Latin amuletum, ‘to protect a person from trouble”. They can be gems, paintings, […]

Five Kinds of Thai Women

Here’s a great site for anyone with questions about sex in Thailand. Kaewmala is a Thai lady with a great sense of humor. She’s gone to great trouble to create a useful guide to relationships in Thailand: “I wrote about the evolution of Thai-farang relationship in three phases: “rental wife”, “farang son-in-law” and “post-rental wife” phases, […]

Thai Grilled Rats

Thai Grilled Rats, nu phook, are hunted in the rice fields and grilled for sale as a rural delicacy. They’re a regular source of both protein and income during the last two months of the year for villagers across Thailand. The greater bandicoot rat (bandicota indica) is a rodent of the muridae species found in China, India, […]