Saturday, 12 April 2008

Rent Buddha statue

Thai people never buy Buddha statues but rent them.

It is illegal to export antique Buddha images and statues without a license from the Department of Fine Arts. The export of Buddha images and statues is regulated by the Department of Fine Arts. A new piece can be exported by requesting a certificate. But to be frank, people who went to Thailand would ONLY want to have antique statues and not brand new ones, since they believe "old" statues are more "Powerful".
In year 2007, in a small ceremony at Phuket International Airport, Airport Customs officials handed over to the local Museum around 100 Buddha images seized from departing tourists over the past year. Most of the images were seized from tourists who bought them from shops unaware that they needed permission from the Fine Arts Department to take them out of the country.
In year 2008, an increase in robberies of valuable artifacts from ancient temples in Ayuthaya are driving monks to despair. Thieves have even removed gold foil from reclining Buddha images. In old times, people caught in this act were threatened with harsh punishment. Authorities would force-feed them with boiling liquid, the chemical used in the gold-making process! Temple robberies mostly involve the theft of ancient Buddha images and valuables such as dharma cabinets and brass accessories. Few stolen goods are ever retrieved.A source said that the theft of gold foil could originate from rising demand in the Buddha amulet market. Buyers want gold from ancient Buddha statues, which are thought to be sacred, for use in the frames of Buddha amulets.
Thieves even steal the eight "sema", leaf-like boundary stones (สีมาเล็ก), from around temple's ordination hall.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Miracle Buddha Image

Local villagers crowd around an amazing image of a revered Buddhist monk which survived a devastating blaze at Wat Paknam in Rayong Province. The fire destryoed the 100 year old sermon hall but left this image untouched and still beautiful. (Thai Rath)


本报讯】曼谷三圣路瓦波佛寺失窃,两尊佛像、1尊观音菩萨像及捐款箱内1000多铢现金被偷。佛寺里的尼姑说,窃贼今年内已两次作案,但没有报案,所以窃贼食髓知味再度作案。 曼谷市三圣区警署昨天上午获报案,在瓦波佛寺发生偷窃案。警方即赶到现场调查,案发地点是该寺的佛堂,供桌上被贼人搜翻得一塌糊涂,3尊古老佛像和捐款箱的1000多铢款项被窃,另有包在塑料袋里的6个烛台,掉在地上。看管佛堂的尼姑汶吹(74岁)向警说,本佛寺有400年历史,寺内有很多古董。昨天清晨,她来到佛堂时发现两尊古佛像、1尊观音菩萨像和捐款箱里的1020铢款项被偷走。 她说,今年1月16日,该佛寺财物也失窃,尼姑的钱也被偷去,损失1万多铢。今年4月4日,又有窃贼偷去寺内两尊佛像,对此市方均没有报案。警方经检查现场,发现佛堂的屋顶瓦片被掀起1大片,窃贼可能从此爬进来,警方收集到窃贼留在玻璃柜和佛像上的指纹,作为破案线索。警方估计作案者可能是住在佛寺附近的人。


Thursday, 10 April 2008

Rahu and Ketu – The Moon’s Nodes

Rahu and Ketu are the Lunar Nodes in Vedic Astrology. They are Grahas in that they grab and attach us to our karma just like the starry Grahas, yet they do not rule over Rasis like the other starry planets. They are shadows, the eclipse points where the Earth’s orbit around the Sun intersects with the Moon’s orbit around the Earth. Even though they are not physical planets they are perhaps the most influential forces in the chart. It is along the Rahu / Ketu axis that the main forces of karmic desire are seen.

The myth of Rahu and Ketu sheds much light on their function and greater possibility. Shortly after the beginning of time, the Gods and demons were in a terrible war over the pot of immortal nectar at the bottom of the Milk Ocean. (A metaphor for The Milky Way) Neither side was making much progress so they decided to join forces and churn the milk ocean to get the pot of nectar, agreeing to share the yield of their joint efforts. Once the nectar was extracted then came the job of distributing it. The Gods, not wanting the nectar to fall into the hands of the demons, devised a plan. Lord Vishnu disguised himself as the enchanting and beautiful Mohini to distribute the nectar. The Gods and Demons were seated on two different sides of an aisle as Mohini distributed the nectar to the Gods only. The demons were too enchanted by her beauty to notice she was not giving them the nectar. However one demon, Rahu, noticed what was happening and disguised himself as a God and managed to get a drink of the nectar. As soon as this happened, the Sun and Moon told Lord Vishnu what was happening and Vishnu returned to his form and let fly his sudarshan and chopped Rahu in half, but only after Rahu managed to take a drink of the nectar. Thus he is immortal, but chopped in half. The head is Rahu and the tail is Ketu. Rahu is a head without a body. Everything he comes into contact with he becomes obsessed with, like an immature person or a person with a voracious appetite. Rahu represents material desires that we want to experience, but because he is not a physical planet he operates on the subconscious level. He distorts our perceptions and colors the world according to his desires. He tends to obliterate the essence of things, focusing on their material substance. Rahu obsesses over the things we need to learn so we can eventually be freed of them. There are certain lessons we can only learn in a physical body, in the physical world. Rahu’s obsessions indicate those things. All human beings are at least slightly crazy in some way, Rahu shows the area of life where we are unbalanced and obsessed. Rahu keeps us obsessed until we learn detachment from what he is influencing. As such, he represents our most powerful attachments. Losing our higher self to the things of this world is the main reason we suffer in life. Rahu’s obsessions bring much suffering as long as we desire experience. However, once we desire liberation, Rahu is incredibly spiritual. Rahu will tend to feel like Saturn in that both of these planets bring stress and fear. The stresses of Saturn are based on the tangible known things in the universe that can go wrong, our health, our income, etc.

Rahu feels stress and worry about the many unknown, undeveloped qualities of our mind and experience. His obsessions are all attempts to strengthen the undeveloped part of our consciousness.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

The Good and Bad Men

Good men and bad men differ from each other in their natures. Bad men do not recognize a sinful act as sinful; if its sinfulness is brought to their attention, they do not cease doing it and do not like to have someone inform them of their sinful acts.

Wise men are sensitive to right and wrong; they cease doing anything as soon as they see that it is wrong; they are grateful to anyone who calls their attention to such wrong acts.

Thus good men and bad men differ radically. Bad men never appreciate kindness shown them, but wise men appreciate and are grateful. Wise men try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness, not only to their benefactor, but to everyone else.

Story of the snake

At one time the tail and the head of a snake quarrelled as to which should be the front. The tail said to the head:- "You are always taking the lead;it is not fair, you ought to let me lead sometimes." The head answered;- "It is the law of our nature that I should be the head;I cannot change places with you."

But the quarrel went on and one day the tail fastened itself to a tree and thus prevented the head from proceeding. When the head became tired with the struggle the tail had its own way, with the result that the snake fell into a pit of fire and perished.

In the world of nature there always exists an approriate order and everything has its own function. If this order is disturbed, the functioning is interrupted and the whole order will go to ruin.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008



小蜗牛:可是蚯蚓弟弟也没骨头爬不快,也不会变成蝴蝶他什么不背这个又硬又重的壳呢?    妈妈:因为蚯蚓弟弟会钻土,大地会保护他啊。   


Monday, 7 April 2008







蛇的诅咒? 北榄1户人家几乎灭门





注: 并非鼓吹迷信,但世界上就有很多无奇不有的事情每天都在发生, 不管是人类也好,禽兽也吧,得饶人处且饶人,千万不要自相残杀.

Sunday, 6 April 2008



Saturday, 5 April 2008





Friday, 4 April 2008

The Thai Buddhist Calendar

Visakha Puja - falls on the full moon of the sixth month of the lunar year (around the middle of May on the international calendar). It is one of the most important days for Buddhists because on this day the Lord Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and died. All three of these significant events fell on the same day. Visakha Puja is usually celebrated with a public sermon during the day and a candle lit procession to pay respect to the Lord Buddha during the night.

Magha Puja - falls on the full moon of the third lunar month (February). It was on this day that 1,250 enlightened monks converged to pay respect to the Lord Buddha without any prior appointment. The day is celebrated in a similar fashion to Visakha Puja day.

Asalha Puja - falls on the full moon of the eighth lunar month (July) and is also very important. It was on this day that the Lord Buddha preached His sermon to followers after attaining enlightenment. The day is usually celebrated by merit making, listening to a monk’s sermon, and joining a candle lit procession during the night.

Khao Phansa - falls on the first day after the full moon of the eighth lunar month (July) and marks the beginning of the three-month Buddhist ‘lent’ period. At this time, all monks and novices must remain in their temples. They should not venture out or spend the night in any other place except in cases of extreme emergency and, even then, their time away must not exceed seven consecutive nights. This is a time for serious contemplation and meditation for both monks and laymen alike. Traditionally, it is also important for laymen to ordain their sons into the monkhood on this day to get maximum benefit from the Buddhist teachings.

Ok Phansa - marks the end of the Buddhist lent and falls on the full moon of the eleventh lunar month (October). This is a day of joyful celebration and merit-making. For many families, it is also the day they welcome a son back into the home and celebrate his successful completion of a term in the temple.

Tod Kratin - lasts for 30 days, from Ok Phansa through to the full moon of the twelfth lunar month. During this time most Buddhists take part in ceremonies, either directly or indirectly. Robes and other necessities of temple life are offered ceremoniously to the monks on an appointed day. Each temple may hold a Tod Kratin ceremony once each year. Originally, in the time of the Lord Buddha, this ceremony was meant to teach monks humility and show them how to cut, sew, and dye the robes for themselves. The finished robes were then offered to the members of the company deemed most suitable. Today, however, the ritual has evolved dramatically into a grand celebration where hundreds and thousands of people join in the merit making. It is also an important occasion for the temple to raise funds.

The sequence of events for each of the above three religious days goes something like this:

Early in the morning, people begin to arrive at the temple wearing their best clothes. They carry food prepared at home, usually in highly decorative gold or silver bowls, and offer it to the monks. After this breakfast, the people are blessed by the monks and many return to their homes. The more devoted may choose to remain at the temple and, later in the morning, take a vow with the monks to keep either five or eight precepts throughout the entire day. After taking this vow, they split their time between praying, listening to the monks’ preachings and doing meditation. In the evening, the monks lead a candle lit procession, making three complete circuits of the main temple building. This event signifies the end of the celebrations.

Thursday, 3 April 2008





哈哈哈,这话,有几个老师不爱听啊?这样的弟子有几个老师不爱呢? 所以做人还是‘难得糊涂’一点的好,都说这样的人会‘一生平安’的,既不招人妒也不会招人怨!



"A young widower, who loved his five year old son very much, was away on business when bandits came who burned down the whole village and took his son away. When the man returned, he saw the ruins and panicked. He took the burnt corpse of an infant to be his son and cried uncontrollably. He organised a cremation ceremony, collected the ashes and put them in a beautiful little bag which he always kept with him. Soon afterwards, his real son escaped from the bandits and found his way home. He arrived at his father's new cottage at midnight and knocked at the door. The father, still grieving asked: "Who is it?" The child answered, it is me papa, open the door!" But in his agitated state of mind, convinced his son was dead, the father thought that some young boy was making fun of him. He shouted: "Go away" and continued to cry. After some time, the child left. Father and son never saw each other again."

After this story, the Buddha said: "Sometime, somewhere, you take something to be the truth. If you cling to it so much, even when the truth comes in person and knocks on your door, you will not open it."

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Unseen Sacred Place

Ku Kut, Wat Phrathat Chamthewi

Phra Nang Din, Amphoe Chiang Kham

Phra Prathan Chaturathit, Wat Phumin

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Be free of worldly attachments

Once a beautiful and well dressed woman visited a house. the master of the house asked her who she was; and she replied that she was the godess of wealth. the master of the house was delighted and so treated her nicely.

Soon after another woman appeared who was ugly looking and poorly dressed. the master asked who she was and the woman replied that she was the goddess of poverty. the master was frightened and tried to drive her out of the house, but the woman refused to depart, saying, " The goddess of wealth is my sister. There is an agreement between us that we are never to live separately; if you chase me out, she is to go with me." Sure enough, as soon as the ugly woman went out, the other woman disappeared.

Birth goes with death. Fortune goes with misfortune. bad things follow good things. men should realize this. Foolish peope dread misfortune and strike after good fortune, but those who seek Enlightenment must transcend both of them and be free of worldly attachments.
eckhart tolle