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Area (sq km): 514,000
Population: 65,444,371
Nationality: Thai
Local Name: Thailand
Language: Thai,
Chinese,
Malay
Time Zone: +7 GMT
Currency: 1 bhat = 100 stang
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Bangkok
Dialling Code: +66
Electricity: 220V/50Hz
Internet Code: .th
Religion: Buddhist,
Muslim
Climate: Monsoon,
Tropical Equatorial
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Inoculations: Yellow Fever
Driving: Left
Int'l License: Required
Banking: M-F 8.30-15.30
Major Airports: Bangkok(BKK),
Chiang Mai(CNX),
Pattaya(UTP),
Phuket(HKT)

Thailand villas and Siddhartha Gautama

Buddhism in Thailand and the memory of Siddhartha Gautama are a sacred part of everyday life. The origins of Buddhism and the religion itself provide an unforgettable window into Thai culture that you can experience from Thailand villas.

Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

The origins of Buddhism date back as far as 2500 years ago. Buddhism is the oldest of today's three main religions. The others are Christianity and Mohammedanism. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama who abandoned a royal life. From Thailand villas you could choose to study Buddhism and practise meditation just as Siddhartha Gautama did!

Siddhartha Gautama & Four Noble Truths

In a meditative state under a bodhi tree, legend tells us that Siddhartha Gautama gained the knowledge called the Four Noble Truths. Truth One says that life is suffering. Truth Two recognises that desire and attachment to wealth and passion is an illusion. Truth Three says that by removing desire we can end our misery. Truth Four outlines Buddha's Eightfold Path to Nirvana which is the ultimate goal of Buddhism.

This is the path to Enlightenment and Buddha actually means "The Enlightened". Siddhartha Gautama was said to have lived 500 lives before he reached Nirvana which signals the end of the cycle of reincarnation and is depicted in the Reclining Buddhas found all over Thailand and many parts of Asia. Buddhists believe that there were three Buddhas before Siddhartha and a 5th will come in AD 4457. Discover your own personal Nirvana by booking Thailand villas.

Mahayana & Theravada from Thailand villas

There are two types of Buddhism; Mahayana and Theravada. Buddhism in Thailand is mainly Theravada, and as much as 95% of Thailand practices Buddhism. Buddhism in Thailand is not only a religion, but a way of life and a staple to the Thai culture. There are approximately 400,000 monks and novices in Thailand and as many as 30,000 wats (temples). When you rent Thailand villas, one important note to remember is if you are riding public transportation, such as long boats; make sure you are not standing or sitting in the places reserved for monks.

The example for Buddhism is set from the top as the Thai monarchs are required by law to be ordained Buddhist. The current ruler was ordained in 1956 and one past ruler spent 27 years in a forest wat as a monk.

The flag refers to Buddhism and many famous Thai artworks depict the Buddha. Statues and pictures of Buddha are not resigned to galleries, wats and museums, but can be found in almost all Thai places of business and homes. Every morning in Thailand the people give alms to the monks who are required to beg for food.

Dhamma & Karma

Buddhist teachings are called Dharma and are important studies required at all Thai schools. Most male Thais at some point in their lives will be ordained as monks even if only for a short time, for example at the death of a family member. Other Buddhist rituals in Thailand focus on making good deeds called tham boon.

This is literally merit making and results in good karma. Good karma can be used to erase past wrongs or used to ensure a better future life. Some tham boons include releasing birds from market vendors, giving alms to monks, lighting candles and bowing to shrines.

Search for Thailand villas and enjoy great karma whilst exploring the many beautifully adorned wats and learning about Siddhartha Gautama and Buddha around the country. Experience Buddhism in Thailand.

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