Forest Recollections: Wandering Monks in Twentieth-Century by Kamala Tiyavanich

By Kamala Tiyavanich

Throughout the first half this century the forests of Thailand have been domestic to wandering ascetic clergymen. They have been Buddhists, yet their model of Buddhism didn't replica the practices defined in historical doctrinal texts.

Their Buddhism stumbled on expression in dwelling daily within the woodland and in contending with the psychological and actual demanding situations of starvation, soreness, worry, and wish. Combining interviews and biographies with an exhaustive wisdom of archival fabrics and a large analyzing of ephemeral renowned literature, Kamala Tiyavanich records the monastic lives of 3 generations of forest-dwelling ascetics and demanding situations the stereotype of state-centric Thai Buddhism.

Although the culture of wandering wooded area ascetics has disappeared, a sufferer of Thailand's relentless modernization and rampant deforestation, the lives of the clergymen offered listed below are a testomony to the wealthy variety of nearby Buddhist traditions. The research of those monastic lineages and practices enriches our knowing of Buddhism in Thailand and in other places.

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By Kamala Tiyavanich

Throughout the first half this century the forests of Thailand have been domestic to wandering ascetic clergymen. They have been Buddhists, yet their model of Buddhism didn't replica the practices defined in historical doctrinal texts.

Their Buddhism stumbled on expression in dwelling daily within the woodland and in contending with the psychological and actual demanding situations of starvation, soreness, worry, and wish. Combining interviews and biographies with an exhaustive wisdom of archival fabrics and a large analyzing of ephemeral renowned literature, Kamala Tiyavanich records the monastic lives of 3 generations of forest-dwelling ascetics and demanding situations the stereotype of state-centric Thai Buddhism.

Although the culture of wandering wooded area ascetics has disappeared, a sufferer of Thailand's relentless modernization and rampant deforestation, the lives of the clergymen offered listed below are a testomony to the wealthy variety of nearby Buddhist traditions. The research of those monastic lineages and practices enriches our knowing of Buddhism in Thailand and in other places.

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Throughout the first 1/2 this century the forests of Thailand have been domestic to wandering ascetic priests. They have been Buddhists, yet their model of Buddhism didn't replica the practices defined in historic doctrinal texts.

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Consequently, the Thammayut nikai, based mainly in the royal monasteries in Bangkok, became closely integrated with the newly centralized bureaucratic government. 25 The 1902 Act created a sangha bureaucracy with a Siamese supreme patriarch (appointed by Bangkok authorities) at the top. With the act’s passage, a modern nation-state with a centralized, urban-based bureaucracy began to control local communities distinguished by diverse ethnic traditions. Formerly autonomous Buddhist monks belonging to diverse lineages became part of the Siamese religious hierarchy with its standard texts and practices, whereas previously no single tradition had predominated.

29 Regional peoples were not interested in such restrained and dignified rituals. In Lao traditions (in the Northeast) monks and elders were splashed with water until they were soaked. Bangkok authorities were appalled that monks were treated with such disrespect. But for the Lao, Songkran was a day when people could break the rules. Everyday moral and social restraints fell aside as the young and old indulged themselves to their hearts’ content. The festival 27 CH1 Page 28 Friday, September 21, 2001 2:21 PM 28 CHAPTER 1 • B u d d h i s t Tr a d i t i o n s i n S i a m / T h a i l a n d was a time of joy and permissiveness.

REGIONAL BUDDHIST TRADITIONS The inspectors found that local monks and laypeople were observing customs foreign to Bangkok. A common feature of regional traditions was the assumption that monastics would remain engaged in village life. Regional monks organized festivals, worked on construction projects in the wat, tilled the fields, kept cattle or horses, carved boats, played musical instruments during the Bun Phawet festival, taught martial arts—and were still considered to be respectable bhikkhu (monks) all the while.

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