The Circus comes to Sakon Nakhon, or the Almighty Baht and Thai Buddhism

afternoon-mealThere was time when I would have found some of the things I see and hear in Thailand would have amazed me, now I know it is  just business as usual for Thai Buddhism. The other afternoon in Mukdahan I was not surprised at all to see monks eating in the afternoon, although there was a time they would be somewhat covert about ignoring the vinaya, now a days they just don’t give a shit and have perfected the scam even better. When I made some remark the proprietor of the shop told me “No, it is alright for monks to eat when they are hungry anytime of day” When I asked where she herd that she answered the monks told her.
Now I have been told that this circus coming to Phra That Choeng Chum, an annual event, is just like the That Phanom festival.
When I asked the people that gave me that information if they had ever been to That Phanom for Magha Puja the answer was a quiet “No Never” I offered to show them some of my thousands of photos of that festival, but for some reason they ran off.
The whole Dhammayut thing was instigated to put and end to this type of foolishness  and I see it less and less till lately here in Isaan.

The Dhammayuttika Nikaya, or simply Thammayut, began in 1833 as a reform movement led by Prince Mongkut, a son of King Rama II.
Prince Mongkut was a bhikkhu for 27 years before becoming the King.In 1836 he became the first abbot of Wat Bowonniwet. After the then 20-year-old prince entered monastic life in 1824, he noticed what he saw as serious discrepancies between the rules given in the Pali Canon and the actual practices of Thai monks, and sought to upgrade monastic discipline to make it more orthodox. Mongkut also made an effort to remove all non-Buddhist, folk religious, and superstitious elements which over the years had become part of Thai Buddhism.
The Thammayut Nikaya has produced two particularly highly revered forest monks: Phra Ajahn Sao Kantasilo Mahathera (1861–1941) and Phra Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta (1870–1949).
In Thailand the Dhammayut monks are always considered senior to the Mahaniyai Bhikkhus. The Dhammayut order is the “ELITE Nikaya in Thailand.
Anyhow there will be no parking nor quiet within kilometers of here so it is off to research the Mekhong River from Mukdahan to Khong Chiam in Ubon Ratchatani and see what new has happen since my last dry season visit.
The video was originally a Live Tweetcast and the timeline cut to remove that part of the tweetcast after leaving the Wat.
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They, both many of  the Bhikkhu Sangha, and people of all education levels and economic positions want to believe and want others to believe  that Buddhism and the Vinaya have been changed, that is an out and out lie.
…Dhamma parallels what ancient cultures called “warrior knowledge” — the knowledge that comes from developing skills in difficult situations — as opposed to the “scribe knowledge” that people sitting in relative security and ease can write down in words. Of course, warriors need to use words in their training, but they view a text as authoritative only if its teachings are borne out in practice. The Canon itself encourages this attitude when it quotes the Buddha as teaching his aunt, “As for the teachings of which you may know, ‘These teachings lead to dispassion, not to passion; to being unfettered, not to being fettered; to divesting, not to accumulating; to modesty, not to self-aggrandizement; to contentment, not to discontent; to seclusion, not to entanglement; to aroused persistence, not to laziness; to being unburdensome, not to being burdensome’: You may definitely hold, ‘This is the Dhamma, this is the Vinaya, this is the Teacher’s instruction.'”
That’s the way it was and still is.

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