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Wat Pathum Wanaram

Bangkok is filled with wonderful temples. If you have a chance to visit this wonderful city in Thailand, remember to take a break from the glitzy shopping malls and enter the tranquility of the Buddhist Temple.

Wat Pathum Wanaram is just between the two shopping malls Siam Paragon and CentralWorld, and across the street of Siam Square.

Try to venture all the way to the main hall where there are people meditating.

Remember to remain silent and not disturb the peace here. If there is a sermon or temple function going on, then you should not enter unless you wish to sit in to listen to the Dharma (usually in Thai language)

Otherwise, if you see people sitting there meditating, you are welcome to join in by sitting quietly. In case you are used to setting a timer for your meditation using android apps. please put it to vibrating mode. Remember, NO SOUND!

I’ll recommend reaching between 9 to 10 am. Meditate for an hour before hitting the malls for food and entertainment. 😉

Nearer to the entrance are prayer halls where the public pray. The hall is quite small but the wall paintings and ornate altar is worth a visit. Again, silence should be kept.

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My Buddhist name is Ratna Jamyang Puntsog. I first encountered Buddhism in this life when I was 12. Formally took ceremonial refuge in the triple gem when I was 19. I believe the different spiritual methods were taught by Buddha to suit various beings who each have their own unique characteristic. The various sects and practices that arose are just a naming convention invented by disciples out of communication necessity. Had read and studied different forms of Buddhism. Volunteered in Buddhist organization. Until it last, I hope to share my views on Buddhism and find like minded practitioners around the world. May we practice Buddha's instruction together and connect through cyber space!

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