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Buddhist Cultural Traditions Summary

 

When paths are crossed-lives are changed! Let us help you cross paths with another culture. Join Thailand Service Corps (TSC) today for a rewarding, memorable and enjoyable life experience.


Live, work and serve Thai people as a Thailand Service Corps team member volunteer participant. As a TSC Team member you will live with a Thai host and join the staff of a local Wat and school. Your host will provide transport to and from the Wat and school for you each day. You will be immersed in the mores of the local culture by participating in daily activities with your host and your project mentor or counterpart.

Each TSC team member will be assigned an English speaking mentor or counterpart at the Wat and school. Your mentor or counterpart will provide the orientation and language ability necessary for you to be of service to the community. The rapport you establish with the staff at the local Wat and school will provide lasting friendships and memories.

TSC works through the Ministry of Labour and Education in Kanchanaburi. In that capacity we provide team members too many Wats and schools. Each team member volunteer participant will be assigned to an instructional area in consistent with their technical/academic abilities and desires.

While teaching English to novice monks at the Wat you will gain a first-hand knowledge of the impact of Buddhism on families and students and the role education and the Wat play in the life of a Buddhist. Team members spend the mornings an evenings with their hosts and new friends, while the days are spent teaching English and learning at the Wat and schools. At the Wat, team members observe and experience the day-to-day life of the Wat. Team members may enjoy being mentored by the Abbot and monks in Buddhism. During open teaching time there are opportunities to join in and learn about meditation and to observe the daily activities of the Wat.

TSC team members usually teach at a Wat three days a week and at a local school two days.

The WHAT About Thai WATS

"Wat" is the literal translation for "temple," and is one of the most important words that you will often come across during your visit to Thailand. A Wat is a place where Buddhist Monks live.

In a Buddhist Wat, the most important building is called "Ubosoth." This is a place where religious rites or services are performed on important occasions, such as on Wan Pra, or other religious days. Next in importance to the "Ubosoth" is "Sala Kara Parianya." This is a place where the Buddhists usually assemble for merit-making, such as giving food to the priests, praying, or attending sermons. In addition there are a few small "Salas," where serve as resting places for those who go to church, and rows of buildings, mostly in the woods where serve as dwellings for the priest.

Wats are numerous in Thailand, ever since the old days. It has become a custom among powerful kings and wealthy people to compete with one another in building Wats. To build a Wat is considered by the Buddhists as one of the greatest merits of the givers.
To the Thai people, Wats are important artistically, educationally, morally, and socially. Artistically, they are known to be places where the fine arts of the ancient, especially paintings, sculptures, and architecture are well preserved.

Since ancient times, Wats have been the center of education in Thailand. It was the monks who gave not only intellectual, but moral education to the Thai boys (in the olden days, education was restricted only to Thai males), and that would be their only schooling during their boyhood. The unmistakable proof of this is that even today a lot of schools are still found within the church precincts.

For Thai men entering the monk hood, English is part of the curriculum at their Wat. However, English is taught by older Thai monks and usually taught in Thai. TSC team member participants assist and or teach classes of novice monks English as part of their school curriculum. Team members work with the teachers and the abbot monks to help students improve their English through vocabulary, speaking, reading and conversation. Classes are usually taught at the Wat and last about 50 minutes per class. Usually two to three classes per day are taught.

When the TCS team members are not teaching English, they have opportunities to the explore the Wat and the Wat grounds. They are also mentored by the monks in Theravada Buddhism. Placement at a Wat is normally combined with a school or health care facility.

 

 

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