Buddhism began in northern India around the year 500BCE and is one of the world’s most prominent and ancient faiths. The tradition gets its name from a man known by his followers as the Buddha, or the awakened one. The Buddha was born into a princely family in a region that was previously in northern India but is now a part of southern Nepal.
During your time here, travellers will learn some of the teaching of Buddhism first-hand from a Thai monk and will stay within the temple grounds, learning meditation and chanting techniques.
The Thailand Buddhism experience allows you to learn about and experience the various practices of Thai Buddhism. You will have the opportunity to practice traditional meditation and chanting with local monks in an environment that is both peaceful and spiritual.
You will be given an introduction to Thai Buddhism in the form of a short documentary and you will have also have the chance to visit a Buddhist monastery where you will meet a highly respected monk. This monk will be happy to answer questions and can provide a real insight into his lifestyle, as well as into the traditions and rituals that are unique to Thailand’s branch of Buddhism.
Although this is an incredible experience where people can enjoy the Thai Buddhists’ way of life, it is important to bear some points in mind.
You will start the week with breakfast before you head out from Singburi to visit Wang Nam Khiao. On the way you will visit a beautiful waterfall and you will also have lunch. Upon arrival at the resort, you will go out to explore the village a little bit before returning for dinner, followed by some quick tips in meditation and Buddhist ethics.
On Tuesday your day will start at 06:00 when you will give alms to the monks; after that you will have breakfast before a trip to the local market where you can take in the Thai culture. After the market visit there will be a Q&A session with a monk at Wat Pha Rattanawan followed by lunch, and then an informative documentary film that teaches you a little more about both the Buddha and the religion that he started.
Start Wednesday with breakfast at the resort and then depart for your visit to Wat Suptawee monastery. Here you will be able to explore, learn and help out. You will eat lunch and then spend some more time getting to know the monastery. This will be followed by traditional meditation and chanting with the monks, and you will then spend the night at the temple.
Thursday will start early with a meditation session at 04:30. After meditation you will collect alms with the monks before having a little free time for rest – during this time you are free to meditate or shower, depending on what you need. This is followed by prayer and breakfast, and then the rest of the day will be spent in the temple helping the monks with their chores and daily activities. After meditation and chanting in the evening, you will then spend your second night in the temple.
You will head back to the resort on Friday where you have breakfast; after that you will visit Wat Phukhao Thong temple. Lunch will be provided and you will then be taken on to visit a traditional mushroom farm, followed by the Pa Keep Tawan viewing point. In the afternoon you will take part in a short weekly evaluation before enjoying a BBQ with the other travellers.
Start your weekend with breakfast at the resort before a visit to the Kiri Crown Temple. After that visit you will be transported either back to your resort in Singburi, or to Bangkok, depending on whether you are staying on the project or continuing your travels in Thailand.
(Schedule: during the evening times; generally the volunteers are free, no program activities are scheduled unless mentioned otherwise)
**Please note; This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.**