Have You Attended A Buddhist Prayer?
September 18, 2017 12:21pm CST
Is it also called a Mass? I wonder! Last Sunday, I have attended a Buddhist prayer at the house of my Thai workmate. It was the 3rd time I was invited and so I didn't say that I have no time. I was curious this time. Very curious how it went. I made cake pops as requested and brought it to the Buddhist gathering. I was the only one catholic and of course the only not Thai. There were 3 monks in the house of my workmate who was collected from Cologne temple. My workmate was dressed in a typical Thai traditional dress. She looked more gorgeous than before. There were already plenty of Thais in the house and some of them I worked with. During the prayer, the 3 monks sat on a couch in a lotus sit, hands opened and with a long cord that they were all holding. I did what the others did. We sat down on the mat placed on the floor while our hands were in a praying position. As the chanting went on in Thai language, I glanced every now and then at the monks. I noticed that one of the monks had his right hand under his orange clothes, moving. I was shocked because I saw that he was scrolling on a smartphone while his left hand facing up at his breast length, mouth chanting to a prayer but his eyes were looking at what his right hand was holding. A smartphone! I supposed, I was the only one who have seen it. The Thais were seriously closing their eyes while praying. I did too but as I have said I was curious and noticed every thing around me. I could have followed their chanting because it was easy for me to follow the words though I didn’t understand them. Instead, I prayed in my mind the way I prayed when I went to church. Thanking for everything and for the chance I had to join the Buddhist prayer. All in all, it was a good experience and the food was deliciously lavished although hot. Have you experienced going to a prayer of a religion you don't belong? The photo is the garden of my Thai workmate. Thanks for reading. Have a great new week to all.
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@hereandthere No, I won´t as they were all talking in Thais. I felt like I was in the other world. After the prayer and eating, one of the Monks were reading the palms of the Thais. I don´t like to know my future. How can a young Monk know my future? I am sure the Monks were younger than me.
• United States
I've been to various Buddhist ceremonies (I think it varies with cultures too) - but not a Thai prayer. I can't believe the monk was using his smartphone like that during the prayer! I have gone to other ceremonies/events of other religions many times . . . regardless of what I believe in, it's good to learn/experience what others believe in - I can at least respect their customs/rituals.
• United States
I have never attended a Buddhist prayer but that is something I would be open to attending. Although it's a bit ridiculous that the monk was on his smartphone! Sheesh, is nothing sacred anymore? Although I have to admit, at first my mind went straight to the gutter when you said his hand was under his robe moving...
• Hong Kong
@thelme55 I have been once my friend and it's really good to interact and understand the faith and culture of other people from different religious and cultural background. In so doing, one could contrast and deeply appreciate your own spiritual tradition my friend.