Buddha Wild: Introduction (02:29)
Buddhist temples are a mainstay in Thai and Sri Lankan lives. See images of monks and Anna Wilding holding a musical instrument.
Practicing Buddhist Ashley Kinsman may teach English in a Buddhist monastery in India. Wilding discusses the origins of Buddhism; Buddhism has various teachings. Over 600 million people practice Buddhism worldwide.
Buddha Images (02:54)
Vanta Kaur is a Sikh who believes in all religion; she collects Buddha imagery. Hear an Einstein quote about religion, science, and Buddhism.
Buddhist Monk (02:17)
Wilding meets a monk whose nickname is "elephant." Kaur reveals some of her Buddha imagery. Monks live by 227 precepts and must undergo an additional three months of training to be a missionary.
Drawn to Buddhism (03:19)
Chalerm Chanaphan is from Bangkok, Thailand. He explains why he decided to become a monk and discusses the stable mind. Abbot Sathuwanda arrives for the Festival of the King and discusses adjusting rules to adapt to other cultures.
Food Restrictions (02:45)
Sathuwanda discusses the flexibility of some rules and explains the rules about food.
Buddha History (02:08)
Buddha was born a Hindu prince of the provinces who became a spiritual wanderer and obtained enlightenment. Monks venerate and respect Buddha, they do not pray to him.
Metta Sutta (02:34)
Widing demonstrates the appropriate greeting when entering a Buddhist temple. Buddhism aims to channel emotions into four states: empathy, compassion, spontaneous joy, and equanimity. Monks discuss loving kindness.
Sathuwanda explains nirvana; a mainstay of Buddhist truth is loving kindness and compassion. Monks find it difficult to explain the four noble truths. Ridding oneself of dissatisfaction enables enlightenment.
November Festival (03:33)
For three months out of the year, monks go into a retreat. They attend a festival celebrating the end of the rainy season. Lotus flowers are a symbol of the Lord Buddha; flowers are a symbol of moral purity.
Meals in the Temple (03:33)
Monks are learning to grow their own food, but they do not cook. Women prepare the food and serve it to the monks twice a day.
Gender Equality (05:32)
Buddhists believe men and women are equal; culture dictates differential treatment and female behavior. Wilding questions Sathuwanda about a beauty pageant held during a religious ceremony. Thai traditions are separate from Buddhism.
Rule of Celibacy (02:00)
Monks live by 227 precepts, including celibacy. A monk compares monks to birds.
Monk in a Hut (04:18)
Chanaphan invites Wilding into his hut. She reflects on the monks' technological abilities and joy with life. Chanaphan discusses staying warm in the colder weather and reading.
Culture and Religion (02:05)
Sathuwanda explains his meaning of happiness. Wilding reflects on the intermingling of Buddhism and Thai culture, and monk huts.
One who wants to know the true mind meditates; meditation is the most adopted Buddhist practice. A man describes the impact of meditation on his life and spending time at the temple.
Language Barriers? (04:24)
Wilding questions monks about feelings of loneliness and anger. Monks chant in the Pali language but discuss Buddhist teachings in English and other languages. Kaur reveals a weeping Buddha statue.
War, Politics, and Karma (02:32)
Some branches of Buddhist monks discuss politics. Chanaphan states that every religion wants people to love one another but we have strife because individuals do not follow the teachings of their religion. Buddhists believe we inherit our own karma.
Learning and Mentoring (02:11)
Many monks often travel and study at university. Monks are mentors in their community.
Monastic Life (02:56)
Wilding reflects on the lifestyle of monks. Sathuwanda believes good will is the way of light for humanity; he has gained more understanding over the years.
Credits: Buddha Wild (00:36)
Credits: Buddha Wild
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