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Chiang Mai Thai Buddhism

Join our program where you will have the unique opportunity to participate in the ancient ritual of providing alms to the Monks in the morning and engage in uplifting meditation and chanting sessions in the evening.

Immerse yourself in Thai culture, learn from revered spiritual leaders, and embrace the tranquillity and serenity that meditation and chanting can bring. This program provides a unique opportunity to not only observe but actively participate in the customs and rituals that have shaped Thai Buddhism for centuries.

350.00

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Description

Program Description

The Thai Buddhism program offers a profound cultural immersion experience, allowing you to engage in a variety of activities that showcase the rich traditions and religious practices of Thailand. You will have the privilege to assist monks with their daily chores, gaining insight into their way of life and the importance of their spiritual practices. Additionally, you will have the chance to deepen your own spiritual journey through meditation practices.

During this program, you will have the opportunity to visit the temple, where experienced monks will impart their knowledge of Buddhism in English. Your assigned coordinator will be there to assist with any language barriers and provide support throughout your journey.

This program caters to both beginners and those with prior experience. The daily routine at the temple begins early, usually around 05:00, with morning chanting and a short meditation session. Following this, the monks will embark on the tradition of receiving alms, returning to the temple for breakfast around 08:00.

Participants will receive an introduction to Buddhism and Thai meditation, followed by guided meditation practices. They will learn techniques to cultivate mindfulness through breathing and explore various meditation postures such as sitting, walking, and lying down, to discover the most suitable posture for their practice.

Lunchtime is at 11:00, as Buddhist monks typically consume only 1-2 meals per day and refrain from eating after midday. Participants can choose whether to have dinner or not. In the afternoon, there will be another 1-2 hours of meditation practice, followed by free time to continue personal practice or assist with temple chores.

Around 18:00 or 19:00, there will be an evening chanting and meditation session with the monks. After the practice, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and ask questions about Buddhism directly to the monks. It’s important to note that the accommodations at the monastery will be simple, with only a mattress, pillow, and blanket provided.

Immerse yourself in the teachings of Buddhism, deepen your understanding of meditation, and embrace the simplicity of life at the temple. This program offers a unique opportunity to experience the tranquility and wisdom of Thai Buddhism firsthand.

Aims & Objectives

  • Broaden your knowledge of Thai Buddhism, history and culture.
  • Immerse yourself in the teachings of Buddhism, deepen your understanding of meditation, and embrace the simplicity of life at the temple

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Schedule

Monday

  • Introduction about Buddhism; Learn about meditation and Buddhism ethics (how to pray and kneel, how to act around monks, etc).
  • Watch a documentary about Buddha & Buddhism.

Tuesday

  • Monk Chat & Learn about Buddhism
  • Meditation Practice
  • Temple Cleaning

Wednesday

  • Monk Chat & Learn about Buddhism
  • Meditation Practice
  • Temple Cleaning

Thursday

  • Monk Chat & Learn about Buddhism
  • Meditation Practice
  • Temple Cleaning

Friday

  • Monk Chat & Learn about Buddhism
  • Meditation Practice
  • Temple Cleaning
  • Offering and getting blessings from Buddhist Monks.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        On Signup

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe community program.

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • High level of efficiency, accuracy and responsibility and can work under pressure and is a team player.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and a strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Though pre – flight PCR test and proof of vaccination are no longer required to travel to Thailand, however, be aware that if you have a connecting flight from your country to Thailand, you will need to meet the requirement of the connecting airport, which may still require  pre – flight PCR test and proof of vaccination. Thus, it is recommended that you may have a COVID – 19 Vaccination. You are also advised to bring with you a  COVID – 19 antigen rapid test as you need to take tests.
  • You are advised to purchase travel, medical and Covid – 19 insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

Additional Equipment

Dress Code:

  • Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • Dress professionally since you will be working in a professional environment especially inside the temples.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate particularly inside the temples.

Others:

  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly Thai Buddhism class.