Vietnamese Funeral Rites

Saigon (MF) The Vietnamese attach great importance to two traditional family obligations to care for their parents in their old age and to mourn them in death. These duties are felt so strongly, they are considered sacred. The traditional time of mourning for parents is three years. Mourning begins even before death is imminent. When […]

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Theravada Buddhism

Theravada – Teaching of the Elders Theravada (Pali; Sanskrit: Sthaviravada) is one of the eighteen (or twenty) Nikaya schools that formed early in the history of Buddhism. These developed in India during the century subsequent to the death of the Buddha. The name of the school means “Teachings of the Elders” which implies that this […]

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Buddha Relics Journey

Relics of the Buddha reach journey’s end, five-year world tour finishes on a high note in Nakhon Pathom. The arrival of the relics of the Buddha in Venezuela attracts a legion of worshippers of all races and religions. Thailand was the last country the relics of the Buddha visited. Thai and foreign Buddhists recently joined […]

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Giving the Buddhist Way

Artist: Saw Chucil The rewards of giving Nature gives without expectation of return _ and we should too, says noted monk Phra Santikaro “I helped her with her work when she asked. Now that I need help, she brushes me off …” “I’ve given my children everything they wanted, but they are still disobedient …” […]

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