Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Rahu Statues in Lopburi

Wat Khung Tha Lao(วัดคุ้งท่าเลา )
Wat Nong Tharai Chao (วัดหนองทรายชาว)

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Wat Bang Nom Kho

Wat Bang Nom Kho (วัดบางนมโค) is a Buddhist temple in Sena district, Ayutthaya Province, Thailand.

The temple was made famous by one of Thailand's Gaeji Ajarn high monks, Luang Pho Phan, who was renowned for his blowing of the sacred Diamond Armour Yantra, (or Yant, onto the forehead of his disciples. According to legend, many of these disciples, after death, were found to have an impression of the Yant mysteriously embedded into their skull. The Yant was allegedly revealed to Luang Pho Phan in a dream, which led him to its discovery on a metal template hidden within a Chedi.

Luang Pho Phan was also reputed to have received the ability to make powder based amulets of Buddha images sitting on animals from a Chee Ba Khaw, (a spirit that appeared as a firefly). These amulets are extremely sought after and expensive due to their reputed powers.

Credits : Wikipedia & (map)

Wat Srisathong, Nakhon Pathom

Thursday, 25 December 2008


December should be a month full of Joy and Happiness. But I wouldn't say so for my family and someone I know. We lost our loved ones on the 26th December.

Chinese believed that as an elders, we are not allow to pray, to cry and to do anything for the dead. It's sad~~ really heart breaking and it's like a mission impossible because we are only human and we really missed them .

I wonder some times if he is able to receive the merit we have done for him and I wonder what can I do for him? The only thing i guess i can do for him is to write those mantras for him and pray that all will be well for him in the other world. Dilemma we can be, believing that if we keep on clinging on them ( thinking of them), calling out their names and cried for them, it will slow down their " reincarnation", we know we have to let go, but we just couldn't help it and loses control of ourselves.

We're told that time heals all wounds. That's not entirely true, of course. Time does have the ability to make that acute, searing pain of loss less intense, to make our red-hot emotions less painful. But our feelings of loss and emptiness may never completely go away....

人们常说,人生最痛苦的三件事莫过去少年丧父,中年丧偶,老年丧子。 再辛苦难熬的人生没有比失去自己的至爱更痛苦的事情了。珍惜眼前人!

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Jataka - Buddha's Former Birth - Pt 2

The Sama Jataka -Sama is shot by an arrow in his side by King Piliyakka.
Care for the elderly
The future Buddha was born as a youg man named Sama, who cared lovingly for his forest-dwelling ascetic parent, who were aged and blind. One day, while fetching water from a pool, Sama was accidentally shot and killed by the arrow of a king who was out hunting in the forest. However, Sama's merit was so great that he came back to life, and even his parent's eyesight was restored.
The Sama Jataka

The Grateful Parrot

The future Buddha was born as Mahasuka, a parrot who lived in a fig tree whose fruit fed him all year long. The God Saka decided to test him., and caused the tree to wither away. The parrot perched on the stump, unperturbed. Saka asked the parrot why he did not fly away. The parrot replied that he could not desert an old friend who had given him so much. On hearing these words, Saka offered him a boon. The parrot asked for his tree to live again, and it sprang back to life.

The Mahasuka Jataka

The Four Friends Jataka

A story in a Buddhist sutra tells of four animal friends. One day they decided to work out who was the eldest and thus the wisest. To determine their ages, they recalled their first memories of a nearby tree. The elephant remembered it as tall as himself, the monkey as a small tree, and the hare as a sapling. However, the bird remembered it as a seed, which he planted himself. In accordance with this, the animals set themselves in order, with the wisest highest, to show respect and harmony. The future Buddha was the bird and the other animals were attendants and disciples.

Monday, 22 December 2008

Jataka - Buddha's Former Birth - Pt 1

The Quiet Serpent
The future Buddha was born as Bhuridatta, a serpent divinity. He was captured and forced to perform for public entertainment. Despite these and other ignominies and torments of captivity, Bhuridatta remained free of anger, and ultimately regained his freedom.
The Bhuridatta Jataka

The Patient Prince
The Buddha-to-be was born as Prince Candakumara, whose nobility and patience were so great that an official at his father's court grew to hate him. Finally, the official convinced the king to offer his son as sacrifice. The prince faced his death calmly, but at the last moment he was saved by his mother, the queen. her prayers were answered by the god Indra, who interrupted the ceremony.
The Candakumara Jataka

Lifting the Chariot
When he was just a month old, the future Buddha, Prince Temiya, realized that as a ruler he would have to punish his subjects, and so he decided to remain silent and unmoving to avoid hurting other living beings. For 16 years he was tormented by trials to break his resolve. Finally, he was condemned to death. In the chariot that was taking him to his execution, Temiya finally moved: he got out of the chariot and raised it above his head with one hand, in a single action demonstrating his power and merit.
The Temiya JatakaTemiya confirms his strenght by lifting a chariot.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

The Parable of Pilgrims

Two Monks on pilgrimage came to a river bank. there they saw a girl dressed in fine clothes and at a loss to know how to proceed, for the river was high and she did not want her clothes spoilt.

Without further ado, one of the monks took her on his back, carried her across and put her down on dry ground. Then the monks continued on their way. After a while the other monk suddenly burst out :" Surely it is not right to touch a woman. It is against the commandments to have close contact with woman. How can you go against the rules for monk?"... and so on in a steady stream.

The monk who had carried the girl walked along silently, but finally he remarked:" I set her down the river, But you are still carrying her."

Saturday, 20 December 2008

The Paramitas ~ The Perfections

The Paramitas, or perfections, are the skills for living that lead to freedom and happiness. Cultivating them is fundamental to practice. Each paramita is demonstrated by the Buddha in one of his past lives, which are retold in tales known as the Jatakas.

In the Theravada Tradition -

The First Paramita ~Dana in Pali, the paramita of giving, applies to both material and non-material things: service of all kinds, helping others, teaching the Dharma and most importantly, always giving ourselves wholeheartedly to what we are doing right now.
The Second Paramita~Sila (morality) means behaving well at all times, living according to ethical rules or precepts, restraint of the senses and passions, good manners, self discipline, courtesy, consideration and politeness. Sila is also used as a general term for the daily practice of sustained awareness and mindful actions.
The Third Paramita~The Buddha himself admitted that before he was enlightened his heart did not delight in the thought of giving up worldly pleasures. Eventually he realized it was because he had not yet experienced life without them. The practice of renunciation (nekkhama) reduces the pull that sensual experience has on us, leading to relief, freedom and genuine joy.
The Fourth Paramita~The paramita of wisdom ( panna in Pali) means seeing the true nature of things, no longer contaminated by personal bias. With wisdom we can then live in accordance with things as they are, and realize inner peace and the truth.
The Fifth Paramita~Energy (Viriya) encourages us to abandon laziness and procrastination. Fear of not getting what we want can make us unwilling to wholeheartedly give ourselves to life's challenges. Viriya counterects this fearful " I won't" and transforms the heart.
The Sixth Paramita~Patience (Khanti) is considered the means for overcoming anger, ill-will and hatred, maintaining inner peace and tranquillity, and tolerating the intolerable. Patience is one of the most written-about practices in all Buddhism: it calms the passions and, in doing so, diminishes our illusory sense of "I", "me" and "mine" and makes us flexible, tolerant and warm.
The Seventh Paramita~Truthfulness (Sacca) means both honesty with other people and truthfulness with oneself - being honest about what our hearts really long for and courageously pursuing this with the whole of ourselves. if we practise inconsistently, or simply because we desire praise, it will never produce real result.
The Eighth Paramita~To attain any goal we need determination. Resolution (adhitthana) is sometimes called the four determinations: for discernment, for truth, for relinquishment and for calm. This paramita is also concerned with perseverance, the commitment to keep going forward in order to reach freedom and happiness.
The Ninth Paramita~Loving kindness (metta) means "good will" in all our action. If in all circumstances we behave with our hearts uncomplicated by our own desires, sedning out good wishes and love to all being, our actions will be kind and helpful in the deepest sense.
The Tenth Paramita~Equanimity (upekkha) is not at all the same as indifference. it refers to imperturbability, ans is one of the divine states, or brahma viharas. It is also considered to be one of the step toward enlightenment. It is only when the "I" is truly vanquished that there is no fear, and all action then arises from that state of equanimity, fully aware and fully present and thus completely in keeping with the situation.

Meditation~Translated as dhyana in Sanskrit or jhaha in Pali, meditation is a paramita of the Mahayana (Northern) tradition. Meditation simply means to cultivate and develop calm and peaceful awareness, concentration and insight. Eventually, sincere and dedicated practice can lead to the ultimate goal of enlightenment.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Wat Xieng Thong, Laos

Wat Xieng Thong , Temple of the Golden City is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Luang Phrabang, Laos.
It was built in 1560 by King Setthathirath. It was under royal patronage during the Kingdom of Laos. There are many legends about the place where the Nam Khan enters the Mekong.
It is believed to be the site where the two hermits, who founded Luang Prabang, placed the boundary stone for the new settlement. Another story tells about a betel merchant with the name of Chanthapanit who built a palace on this site, making himself the first king of the new capital. It has been said that he was the first founder of Wat Xieng Thong.
The union of the Nam Khan with the Mekong is also said to be the home of two nagas (water spirits in the form of large snakes), the guardians of the river. A shrine to the nagas existed at the site until recently.Wat Xieng Thong was the only monastery in Luang Prabang to escape the 1887 fire at the time of the sacking of Luang Prabang. It has been restored twice - in 1928 and then again between 1952 and 1960 by King Sisavangvong (1904-1959).
Address : Ban Xieng Thong, Muang Luang Prabang, Khoueng Luang Prabang, LaosOpening Hour : 8am-5pm daily

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Xieng Kuan (Buddha Park), Vientiane, Laos

Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan (as well as other variations of the spelling) is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane, Laos in a meadow by the Mekong River. It may be referred to as Wat Xieng Khuan (วัดเซียงควน) although the park is not a temple (Wat). The name Xieng Khuan means Spirit City. The park contains over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues.

The park was built in 1958 by Luang Pu (Venerable Grandfather) Bunleua Sulilat. Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat was a priest-shaman who integrated Hinduism and Buddhism and later fled from Laos to Thailand after the revolution in 1975. There, he built another sculpture park, Sala Keoku in Nong Khai.

The statues are made of cement and are ornate, and sometimes bizarre, in design. The statues appear to be centuries old, though they are not. There are numerous sculptures of Buddha and characters of Hindu lore. There are also sculptures of humans, gods, animals, and demons. One notable sculpture resembles a giant pumpkin. It has three stories representing three levels - Hell, Earth and Heaven. Visitors can enter through an opening which is a mouth of a 10 ft tall demon head and climb staircases from hell to heaven. Each story contains sculptures depicting the level. At the top, there is a vantage point where the entire park is visible. Another sculpture, an enormous 40 m high reclining Buddha, is also a park attraction.

Admission to the Buddha Park is 5,000 Kip. There's another 2,000 Kip fee for a camera.
You can get to the Buddha Park by tuk-tuk. Most of the drivers around town soliciting tourists can take you there. Expect to pay around 700 Baht.








Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Rahu in Pattaya

There is an article on this temple, unfortunately it's in thai.
Source -

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Monks use snake’s blood to exorcise ‘possessed’ playground

Demon spirits’ close Kamala school
MORE than 700 hundred students at a Kamala school have been sent home after 29 students at the school were ‘possessed’ by demons. Children aged between four and 17 started convulsing uncontrollably, while others sat frozen to their seats, or burst into loud screaming.

The prestigious H.M. the Kings Rachaprachanakroh Foundation school, which caters mainly for Muslim children, was closed for a week while nine Bhuddist and one Chinese monk exorcised the school grounds, spreading snakes’ blood and pigs’ blood around the playing area to drive off the ‘spirits’.

A Muslim ceremony was also performed to persuade the spirits to leave the school. The school’s assistant headmaster, Suda Wonnuha, said the younger children were terrified by the older students irrational behaviour.“We had to cancel all classes for a week,” she said. Kongsak Khoburi, an educational assistant at the school said the ‘crazy behaviour’ started on November 19 when a Year 4 boy ‘displayed worrying behaviour in class’.“He was sitting frozen to his seat, and then he suddenly started screaming,” he said. The boy was taken to the school’s infirmary, but teachers were at first skeptical and thought the students were ‘playing games’. But when disciplinary action didn’t shake the usually boisterous 16-year-old, they realised it was something more sinister.

As the day wore on, the strange behaviour spread to other parts of the school. Groups of primary school girls began dancing ritualistically and chanting in class. Their teachers were unable to control them. By the next morning, students of all ages were doing weird things, and by the Friday, they were uncontrollable. Mr Konsak said there was pandemonium and wild outbursts by children in the playground.The following Monday, the headmaster closed the school for a week.Mr Konsak played down claims that the ‘demons’ were unhappy when a sacred tree near the school was cut down. A spirit house under the tree was destroyed when the tree was cut down to make way for a building development. Mr Konsak said, in Buddist-Thai culture, it is believed that during sampawesi, or when the soul changes condition, it can become open and allow spirits to enter.“Some people believe the spirits have no home and nowhere to go, so they enter the bodies of humans and communicate through them,” he said.

A handful of children playing in the deserted school grounds seemed blissfully unaware of anything untoward occurring. Two girls happily pushed each other around in a make-shift sled, while ten-year-old Panya sat next to Mr Konsak reading his English books. Mr Konsak doesn’t believe his students were possessed by spirits.“I think the children were bored, and were acting this way as some sort of practical joke,” he said.“They have convinced some of their classmates to act this way, and it has escalated from there,” he said.“It has turned into a large scale problem for staff. “But we should understand that a lot of these children come from extremely traumatized backgrounds and many lost family in the tsunami. “Some of them have very different emotional needs to normal children, and many of them come from very poor backgrounds."“They depend on the school for food and housing, and more than 60 students live on campus.”“Most of them returned home when the school was closed, but some stayed, either because they have no family or they have problems at home.”

Source- Phuket Post (2008-12-15 11:22:49)
by Fraser Morton

Monday, 15 December 2008

solar eclipses in 2009

On Wednesday, 2009 July 22, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the path crosses Japan's Ryukyu Islands and curves southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality reaches 6 min 39 s. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean.

So Rahu's in Action again! I guess there will be a big event in Wat Srisathong on that day!

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Rahu Picture

A typical Statue of Rahu in a Temple.

Friday, 12 December 2008

walking out of Rahu’s mouth

This article is interesting.
They believed that by performing the ceremonial walking out of Rahu’s mouth at the end of the Wien Thien can get rid of misfortune, superstition, black magic, red magic, and 108 black lovers magic.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Rahu Cave

Thanks to some kind soul I managed to get hold of the name of that place. It is at a forest monastery.

Name of Temple - วัดป่ายุบ - Wat Bayup

Location - Mooban 5, Tambon Sattahip, Ampur Saatahip, Chonburi Province

Credits - Richard Barrow & Yeows, Paknam Web

Rahu-Chiang Mai

Rahu in Wat Chiangkang Sarapee Chiang Mai Thailand

Monday, 8 December 2008

Happy Birthday!

The eight items for Rahu's Special Day consist of :
  1. Longevity Noodle ( Dye with edible black colouring)
  2. Black Coffee
  3. Chicken Essence
  4. Century egg
  5. Black Biscuit
  6. Muffin
  7. Chin Chao
  8. Black Glutinous Rice with Glutinous Ball

And also a jasmine/Orchid Garland for HIM

Full View of our Altar

Another Legend of Phra Rahu

It's THE month for Rahu, so why not share some interesting legend of HIM!

The belief of Hinduism, Brahman and oriental astrology in India or Thailand believe that The eclipse of the moon causes of Phra Rahu swallows the moon [ in solar system the moon And Rahu are in the same zodiac oppose to the sun] or Phra Rahu swallows the sun [ the sun And the moon are in the same zodiac oppose to Rahu] Some explain the origin of Phra Rahu Varies such as Phra Rahu is not the planet. But he is the demon or "tat", a kind of giant, Who Tries to take the Sun and the Moon in his mouth.

Some believe Phra Rahu is the God of meteorites, the guardian of the southwest or the holder of the night time of Wednesday [ Buddha image with Lelai posture]. The others believe that Phra Rahu is terrible and violent so that most of people misunderstand him.

Some people thought that Phra Rahu is an unauspicious thing that can bring some disasters and misfortune to them. In former time people believe that the person who was born in the year of Phra Rahu or Phra Rahu interfered his fate. He should have have been careful to keep his living, other wise he might get misfortune from Phra Rahu's force. The degree of violence may be the lost of belongings, gold, attendants or Having terrible illness ans finally die.

The belief of those people may be partly true, but it is not the right answer. On the contrary, it is unfair to Phra Rahu because he also has a good side. Phra Rahu is the God of luck who creates wealth for human beings for thousands of years as the prediction recorded by The oriental astrologers or the western astrology which is called "Urenian ( in thai)" But human beings do not understand and learn how to access to Phra Rahu. Thus, they shift all the guilty to Phra Rahu so that he became the defendant of human beings as the criminal and became the only ones who held sufferings without a chance for self-defense.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Legend of Phra Rahu

In Buddhism, Phra Rahu is called "Asurintara Rahu" means the king of demons.

It appeared in Attha Katha both in Tim Nidai and Sungyatta Nikai which described the size of Phra Rahu as follow:
"He is 4,800 yoch tall. His chest is 1,200 yoch wide.His forehead is 50 yoch wide and his nose is 30 yoch long," [ yoch is thai linear measure.,1 yoch is 16 kilometers]

In Triphum Katha described the size of Phra Rahu that,
"He is 98,000 yoch tall, measured around his head is 26,000 yoch,his forehead is 300 yoch wide, around his nose is 300 yoch, the space between his eyes and eyebrows is 90 yoch , each of his eyebrow is 200 yoch long, his mouth is 200 yoch wide and 300 yoch deep. Each of his palm is 200 yoch wide and his hand and foot's hair is 30 yoch long"

In thai astrology mentions that Phra Rahu was made up of 12 heads of jack-o-lantern with 12 wind power or the god of storms. He lives in black mansion. He has got bronze body and wears blonde costumes.
He usually lives in clouds and fog, occupies the west and Thai alphabets ย ร ล ว

Another legend in Thai astrology goes that Phra Rahu is the star of wind lives in the northeast with and make friend with Saturn. He is also a couple of balanced-power with the moon. He likes the fire zodiacal signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
People represent Phra Rahu to number 8 with 12 power which is the part of the power of all the planets power equals 108. When number 8 is lain down in linear it becomes the symbol of infinity .

Source - Mr.Jiaranai Chockmongcholchaichana

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Thai website for Rahu Temple

This is a thai website for Rahu. I think they are still upgrading the website. There is only one page written in thai and the rest were similar picture. I hope they will upload more information on the temple as well as Rahu

A set of Rahu Picture

Since day one when we started to know about Rahu, we were told that 8th December is the day for HIM. But frankly speaking, till date, I have yet to be able to verify what was told to me. I've went thru Thai website on Rahu, went to a few Forum to seek advice from devotees all over the world, in vain.
Well, let's give it a benefit of doubt since Everyone deserve a "birthday". I will not give up until I've found the actual date for him. I'm still trying and will continue trying.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Rahu Cave

I got this picture from somewhere and really wonder where is this place. I suspect it's in Thailand, hence will check out with my thailand uncle when i got the chance to meet him. This is really interesting!

Carved Rahu

source -

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Right Behavior

  • The Eight-Fold Noble Path consists of:

  1. right view
  2. right thought
  3. right speech
  4. right behavior
  5. right livelihood
  6. right effort
  7. right mindfulness, and
  8. right concentration

  • Right view means to thoroughly understand the Fourfold truth, to believe in the law of cause and effect, and not to be deceived by appearances and desires. (The law of cause and effect states that: The world is a vast concurrence of causes and effects. Everything happening now is the result of what happened before, and everything which shall happen later is the result of what is happening now. Nothing remains unchanged forever. Therefore, it is an error to become attached to any object, since no object has an enduring reality to it).
  • Right thought means the resolution not to cherish desires, not to be greedy, not to be angry, and not to do any harmful deed.

  • Right speech means the avoidance of lying words, idle words, abusive words, and double-tongues.

  • Right behavior means not to destroy any life, not to steal, and not to commit adultery.

  • Right livelihood means to avoid any life that would bring shame.

  • Right mindfulness means to maintain a pure and thoughtful mind.

  • Right concentration means to hold the mind right and tranquil for its concentration, seeking to realize the mind's pure essence.

A temple is �
  1. a place of worship
  2. an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes
  3. A holy place not to be tainted by illegal activities and unacceptable behaviors.
Many people tends to forget about the teaching of 8 fold noble path .
They tends to do the wrong thing at the wrong time, at the wrong place.
As an Adult, You don't need a God, a Bible, Ten Commandments - or even Five Precepts - to tell you right from wrong. You know when you're doing something you shouldn't be doing and therefore stop it before it gets out of hand and before it's too late. Always bear in mind~~Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you!
eckhart tolle