Written by Staff Writer
Buddhism is one of the most widespread religions in the world, being practiced by more than a billion people. It is an ancient philosophy that believes in the universal embrace of Truth, and one that emphasizes mental clarity, relaxation and compassion as the key to happiness.
The Siam Heritage Museum in Bangkok provides you a chance to learn more about these concepts and practice meditation by bringing monks from Thailand’s Munhamaram temple back to life.
Under the leadership of the temple’s chief monk, Monjo, the museum will offer free meditation sessions that mirror the life of a Buddhist monk for 24 hours in February.
The monk will lead a night session Monday at 5:30 p.m. — where participants will learn the four aspects of meditation and sitting, lay and rote practices.
The following two days, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, new meditation monks will start by meditation with the temple’s master teacher, who will later invite members to share their own experience.
Tours are open to the public and are free, though participants should book in advance in order to guarantee a place.
The Munhamaram temple, located in Bangkok’s middle-class Muang neighborhood, is the largest Buddhist order in Thailand and has several major branches worldwide.
The museum is located behind the house where King Bhumibol Adulyadej laid his two feet in the royal shrine.
The rest of the museum features Buddhist statues, relics and major Buddhist figures, including Adippo and Chullabang.
Siam Heritage Museum, corner Khao Soi 3 Road and Khaot Kaala street, Muang, Bangkok, Thailand; +66 77 019 8974