Buddhism & Monks, Bangkok
There are different representations of the Lord Buddha. He is sitting, standing, walking or reclining.
1) Sitting Buddha: a) Teaching dharma (the essential function or nature of a thing). Buddha's hands are turning the Dharma wheel (left hand in lap, right hand gesturing). b) 'Taking the Earth to witness' (left hand in lap, right hand touches ground). Buddha calls on the goddess of the earth against evil. c) Stop fighting (left hand in lap, right palm raised). d) Begging position (one hand in lap, other palm begging). e) Meditating (both hands in lap, palms up, and right hand on top).
2) Standing Buddha: a) Stopping a flood (both palms raised). b) Calling for rain (both arms down at the sides, palms against thighs). c) Meditating (both hands in lap, palms against the body, and right hand on top). d) Giving alms holding a bowl with rice or other food.
3) Walking Buddha: Walking around in order to teach the Dharma (left hand raised).
4) Reclining Buddha: The Lord Buddha has reached Nirvana. He is sleeping and waiting for death.
Because of the buddhism Bankok has very little violence compared to european cities. I've felt very safe walking by myself in the streets of Bangkok by night. On the other side you should watch out for theft and scams.,
Buddhist monks are forbidden to lay a hand on a woman or even be touched by one. If, as a female, you wish to give something to a monk, you must hand it to a male first who will pass it on for you.
Private homes, hotels, businesses - in the Buddhist country, each has its own shrine. Here, an image of a shrine factory in Bangkok.
Thais are very devoted Buddhist people...
Buddhas abound... kowtowing worshippers with arms outstretched offering incense to their Buddha...
I take this picture at a temple which about 4 hours drive from BKK down town. It's my time to vist this great temple, sound like - Lampokun. Guess somewhere near Korak (locate at the North.
Inside a temple you can purchase gold leaf and place it on the Happy Budda statue for good health and fortune.
In some shrines and altars you can find bank notes hanging in sticks. I guess it must be to attract good luck about financial aspects, some business in mind, lottery or so...
Many of them in Thailand and most temple. They looks always calm and quite. Tthey are just respective!
Wat Suthat Thep Wararamworavihara is one of Thailand's six most important temples, located in the heart of Rattanakosin Island, which was the center of Bangkok in the old days.
Thailand is one of the most strongly Buddhist countries in the world. The national religion is Theravada Buddhism, a branch of Hinayana Buddhism, practiced by more than 90 % of all Thais.
You have not been in Bangkok if not visiting one of the temples..
The picture is from The Grand Palace