BUDDHISM AND HINDUISM I
RELIGION
Duration: 02:10
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As you probably know, Buddhism originated in India some 2500 years ago, within a religious and cultural context steeped in the Hindu faith.
This chapter aims to reveal the origin in order to set a starting point.

BUDDHISM: RELIGION OR PHILOSOPHY?
RELIGION
Duration: 02:24
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Perhaps you have never been interested in the matter but now that your attention is focused on Thailand, it may be a good time to do so, because throughout your trip, Buddhism will be omnipresent and depending on what you see, it may not be easy to understand.


Chiang Mai. WAT DOI SUTHEP
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 03:54
Last Update: March 2013

This monastery is situated on the slopes of a mountain near the city of Chiang Mai. The relics housed in its stupa render it a highly significant shrine for Buddhist devotees, so a multitude of pilgrims from all over the country come here to express their faith, walking around the stupa and in front of the Buddha statues.
This video illustrates the monastery at the same time as it explains the symbolic value of the funeral monuments or stupas, also known as chedis.


Chiang Mai. WAT PHRA SING
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 03:32
Last Update: March 2013

This royal monastery is one of the most famous in the city of Chiang Mai and has a large Buddhist community that keeps it bustling. Located in the city centre, in the moat that marks the old part of town, it is a regular stopover for travellers to the area.
We take the opportunity to show you the most important architectural features of any Buddhist monastery, namely the stupa or chedi, the vihan or ´Assembly Hall´ and the ubosot or ´Ordination Hall’.


Chiang Mai. WAT U-MONG AND THE COMMUNITY OF MONKS
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 05:02
Last Update: October 2012

For centuries, Buddhist monks avoided living in cities, settling in nearby woods during the rainy season when roads became impassable.
The Wat U-Mong is a good example, a Buddhist community installed near the city of Chiang Mai, in the woods at the foot of a nearby mountain.
Their open willingness to welcome strangers is an opportunity to learn more about Buddhists, their beliefs and their way of life.


Sacred History I. THE PROFANE AND THE SACRED
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 03:45
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´Profane´ and ´sacred´ are two concepts with a continuous presence in the history and life of the Thai people. They define the essence of many architectural and ornamental objects and are projected into Thai behaviour and social manners.
We all know what they mean but it is easy to overlook their enormous significance.
Watching this documentary will help you to understand a little better many of the things you see and you are told on your trip to Thailand.


Sukhothai. MONKS AT DAWN
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 04:14
Last Update: October 2012

There is always something special about the atmosphere at night. Depending on the situation, it can cause a certain feeling of unease, although in this case, what you are about to see is fascinatingly enveloped in a compelling atmosphere of intimacy.
In the early hours of each morning, the monks go out barefoot from Buddhist monasteries to ask the public for the provisions they need to live. It is a moment of singular devotion that illustrates the close bond between ordained monks and the lay community of believers.


WHAT THE MUDRAS REPRESENT?
RELIGION
Duration: 03:17
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On your trip to Thailand, you will come across a host of figures and images depicting the Buddha. The differences between them are to be found in the various positions and gestures, i.e. mudras, a Sanskrit word meaning sign or seal.
This chapter focuses on their meaning and in some of the most popular mudras.


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