Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wat the fudge is happening in Chiang Mai?

A Wat is Buddhist temple or structure including working temples or ruins in Thailand, Laos or Cambodia. In Chiang Mai, Brendan and I visited many a Buddhist religious structure are beautiful and awe inspiring when you walk around cities or towns in the region. These buildings are decorated from wall to wall with ornate hand carved and gilded woodwork or stone chiseled statues. You cannot help but stare at the numerous Buddhist icons, statues and images and help but feel just a bit of the peaceful nirvana that Buddhists are always yearning for. In Chiang Mai, Wat Phra Singh one of the main Wats of the city is located within the city walls, dates from 1345 and offers an example of classic northern Thai style architecture. It houses the Phra Singh Buddha, a highly venerated figure brought here many years ago from closeby and equally beautiful Chiang Rai. Visitors can also take part in meditation classes here and monks conduct Monk Chats where you can sit with a monk and discuss and learn Buddhist teachings.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.  - The Buddha
 
Photos from Inside Wat Prah Singh
Gilded Buddhist Image
Gorgeous carved dragon guarding the Buddha
Ornate doors to Buddhist monastery 
Me next to a reclining Buddha
 The other dragon guarding the Buddha
Buddha at the rear of a temple
Buddhist Image
Buddhist Pyramid
Buddha at the top of the pyramid 

A beautiful templt

 Another astonishing temple entrance
Brendan near the Buddhist image  

Video inside Wat Singh
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