An afternoon with a Buddhist Monk
An afternoon with
a Buddhist Monk
The facets of Buddhism through the eyes and views of a revered monk and feel enlightened;
one of Bangkok’s respected temples now offers the chance to gain Buddhist wisdom
with a monk for an afternoon chat and get a basic introduction in meditation.
WHY THIS TOUR?
An enlightened couple of hours in Bangkok with a Buddhist monk: it may seem to be something that is out of the ordinary for anyone interested in learning the ways of Buddhism.The life philosophy of the Lord Buddha and its disciples that carry his message into the current generation still are practiced by more than 95% of the Thailand population, making it the largest Buddhist nation worldwide.
Being a novice or a monk for a period of time still stands in extremely high regard for the family and relatives of the ordained member of the family and this will be the chance to share his insights and practices during an afternoon at a well-respected temple.
12:00 - 17:00
This experience is truly enlightening and offers a profound insight into the spirituality of Thailand through interaction with some Buddhist monks and visits to some of Bangkok’s most important temples. We will pick you up from your hotel and drive through the capital, passing various places of interest which will be pointed out by your accompanying guide. The sharp contrasts of the loud noises and constant movement of cars, people and motorcycles versus the coming hours you will witness cannot get any farther apart. The temple we will head to is officially called Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit Rajaworamahavihara but better known as simply Wat Mahathat (The Temple of the Great Relic). This is an important temple for Buddhist studies and houses a well-known meditation centre and the first Buddhist University in the country.
After exploring the temple with your guide, you will visit the ’monk-chat’ area. This is an initiative set up by the temple so that monks can partially interact with and guide foreign visitors in order to give them an insight into Buddhism. The session is held in a main part of the temple and a fascinating way to find out about the Buddhist religion in Thailand and its associated culture. Part of the session will be getting a short introduction to meditation and the benefits this will bring for mental development and a sense of peace.
After gaining a deeper understanding and meaning of Buddhism, you may take a break to let everything sink in before being driven back to your Bangkok downtown hotel.