Dhamma

Namassakāra (Namo): preliminary homage to the Buddha

Namo Homage / I prostrate / bow tassa to Him bhagavato the Blessed or the Exalted arahato the Worthy or the Enlightened One sammā rightly or completely sam himself (individually, by himself) buddhassa awakened Buddha or enlightened Buddha Before starting any Buddhist religious ceremony, we pay homage to the Buddha (Namassakāra) by chanting “Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsambuddhassa” three times, regardless of the event. A dāna offered to the Sangha, for example, begins with “Namo” in three repetitions. Buddhists traditionally…

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Maha-Rahulovada Sutta (MN 62)

Pali text below English translation I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying at Savatthi, in Jeta’s Grove, Anathapindika’s Monastery. Then the Blessed One, early in the morning, put on his robes and, carrying his…

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The evolution of the rosary

The rosary, known also as Japamālā, is a mnemonic aid used primarly in the religious practice of prayer and incantantions chantings as well as in the repetition of names and attributes of deities, used by devotees of Hinduism, Buddhism,…

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Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (SN 56.11)

Pali text below English translation Thus have I heard: Once when the Blessed One was staying in the deer sanctuary at Isipatana, near Benares, he spoke to the group of five bhikkhus: “These two extremes, bhikkhus, should not be…

Traditional Thai Massage
Thai Massage

Traditional Thai Massage, myths to dispel

Nowadays Thai Massage is became a typical proposal of many Spa and wellness centers in the West which want to bring an exotic and elegant touch to their services. But this science is rooted in a very old and…

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Yan

Practitioners of Sak Yan, not only monks

Few people believe that Thais have the lock on Sak Yans, others that monks have the prerogative of this practice. The facts are actually quite different. First of all we have to distinguish between the place where a tradition was…

Yan

Introduction to Yan of thailand

Yantras have become increasingly common in the West among those interested in the occult and religious practices of India and Southeast Asia. Yantra is a Sanskrit (Sk) word meaning, “A tool used to control.” In Southeast Asia Yantras are…

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Reusi

Interview with a Reusi

In this past year I have been graced with the friendship and guidance of Reusi Tevijjo, and was recently invited to interview him about the Reusi of Thailand. Reusi Tevijjo, wears long cotton robes, long hair, and a long beard;…

Yan

F.A.Q. about Sak Yan

The following informations are the result of my experience as pratictioner of this tradition and are linked to the lineage I belong to. For this reasons they, by no means, want to represent an absolute truth. What are Sak…

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