Talk:Buddhism in Thailand

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[Livelihood of the monks and nuns][edit]

I don't believe all (or most) monks spent time as a dek wat. I'm under the impression that the dekwat are often orphans or childern of very poor families that essentially live at the temple. They gain a basic education for being around and being usefull (such as carrying and dealing with the money of monks when a monk needs to go to market to buy something, etc). While it is certainly not uncommon for dek wat to becomes novices and ultimately full monks, I don't think this is the general case: in a country that has scads of monks, most join in their late teens or early twenties, and do a lenten season as a monk.Dxco 04:46, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

The information described may be a little out of date- it's from a description that was written during the 1960's, before the state school system was as well established in rural areas. It may have been accurate at the time, but not any longer. --Clay Collier 10:17, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

Regarding the situation of Buddhist nuns in Thailand there are now a small number of ordained bhikkhunis in Thailand. They don't really seek much publicity due to the controversy it creates. This has happened under the guidance of Chatsumarn Kabilsing, the first Thai woman to ordain as a bhikkhuni. She is now known as Dhammananda. More information at

Population Statistics[edit]

A variety of vandals have been swinging by this page to change the statistics on the percentage of Thailand's population that is Buddhist. If you're watching this page and see changes to the number, please take a minute to check that the number offered matches a cited value. The current citation is from the CIA world factbook, which indicates a percentage by population of just under 95%. Any change to that figure should be accompanied by an up-to-date, reliable reference source. --Clay Collier 07:53, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

Buddha images in Thailand[edit]

The article Buddha images in Thailand is no longer a red link.Kevin Borland, Esq. (talk) 11:11, 22 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. Next time, I'll make sure I write the article first, then put the link.Kevin Borland, Esq. (talk) 11:42, 22 January 2008 (UTC)

Government Ties[edit]

Phra Sangkrachai is a beautiful image, but what is it doing illustrating 'Government Ties? Since I took the picture myself AND improperly labeled it (it is really an image of Budai), AND also talked to the Thai Chinese gentleman who designed the Chinese-character plaque, I know that the Yasothon Thai Chinese community donated it to Wat Don Phra Chao, and that it has no government ties. When I get a round tuit, I'll upload an image of a Buddha Footprint donated to the province by the Crown Prince, both to show what a Thai Buddhism Buddha Footprint looks like, and to illustrate Government ties (unless somebody else has a better idea). Pawyilee (talk) 17:35, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

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