Chris Stanford, who usually moderstes the WBU forum, will be presenting in July – on an interesting topic. His premise is that Thai Buddhism is an artisic expression of the culture, rather than being strictly Buddhism. After moderating so many workshops at the WBU he should have a wide background of ideas to draw from…
Programme : WBU SUNDAY FORUM
Topic : THAI BUDDHISM AS AN ART FORM
Date & Time : July 5, 2552 (2009), 12:00 – 13.30 : P.M.
Speaker : Dr. Chris A. Stanford
About the Topic : “THAI BUDDHISM AS AN ART FORM”
All religious practices are creations of human societies, and as such, are artifacts. Cultures tend to sculpt their particular spiritual expressions to reflect their prevailing social values and to meet their communal religious needs. Thai Buddhism is no exception in this regard.
Spiritual practice is highly subjective and organized religious practices are seen as tools to assist with individual ambitions.
A brief review of the history of Buddhism in Thailand will be presented along with characteristic forms of religious expressions throughout that history.
This forum will discuss aspects of contemporary Thai Buddhist expression and the values they suggest. Full audience participation is encouraged.
Meeting Room, the World Buddhist University, 3rd floor, WFB Headquarters Bldg., in Benjasiri Park, Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok, Time : 12.00-13.30 pm. All are welcome to join the programme free of charge. For more information, please call 02-258-0369 to -0373, fax 02-258-0372, or see www.wb-university.org.
The WBU shares the same building with the WFB (World Fellowship of Buddhists), and can be found by our maps below. It is on the third floor. The WBU is open most office hours, and the building can be entered from the rear of the building from the Soi. The front gate that faces the park is generally locked, but there is access to walk through to the rear.
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