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Thread: Thai and lao buddhists
04-06-03, 05:48 AM #1Guest
I have recently started attending the Wat Lao Buddhavong in my community. I am the only "farang" there. I feel out of place. The abbot really seems to like me though. I have been out to his place in the back and we meditate and feed the cats. I want to reach out to him by learning to speak to him. If I speak Thai is there a good chance he will understand? I have given him some Tibetan buddhist prayer scarves- did I offend him? I noticed some of the Sangha looking curiously at my mala- am I offending them? If I speak Thai to them is there a good chance they will understand?
04-06-03, 05:53 AM #2Senior Member
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I didn't really read all of your post but hehe yeah. If you speak Thai to a Lao person I am determined that they WILL understand you!!!! The Thai and Lao language is very similar in may ways even the ALPHABETS....a Thai person can read the Lao language and a Lao person can read the Thai language when they're not even taught that language. It's awesome... umm.. my father is Laotian and my mother is Thai and some other nationalities soo hehe I think I should know. Umm.. hehe yeah! Right on!!!!!!!!
04-06-03, 12:43 PM #3delawang Guest
Yeah, Thai and Lao are the same language, only the words are different.
Prayer flags are not part of the Lao Buddhist tradition, but I am quite sure you did not offend the abbot.
Thais, Laos, Khmers, and Sri Lankans are Theravada Buddhist, the oldest form of Buddhism. Other Buddhist traditions like Zen and Tibetan Tantra do not offend, in fact many Thais find them quite interesting. I base this opinion on the fact that when I am in Thailand and have pictures from Nepal and from the US, the ones from Nepal get the most attention and the most questions.
It sounds like you will get the most out of this experience if you learn Lao. I kind of envy you because I do not know the correct words in Thai or Lao to speak to a monk, and soon you will know them. The monks probably speak Lao, Pali, Sanskrit, and Thai, and that is probably the order of preference they would have has far as teaching you.
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