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Buddhist Heaven and Buddhist Hell Posted by on Dec 29, 2012

Where do we go when we die? Every religion has an answer to that question. In Buddhism, one is first reincarnated over and over and over until one achieves nirvana (or deserves hell). Afterwards, one either enters heaven สวรรค์ (sa2waan5) or hell นรก (na4rok4). Details of each are complicated and filled with mythology. In short,…

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End of the World Thai Vocabulary Posted by on Dec 28, 2012

As the world is ending sooner or later, I thought it’d be very helpful to prepare you for the inevitable. So as soon as you see that fissure to hell open up at Saladaeng…

The End of the World, according to Buddha Posted by on Dec 20, 2012

Perhaps the most fundamental, most core belief, of the Buddhist religion is the concept of impermanence: that nothing lasts forever. That which didn’t exist at one time, will cease to exist in another time. Everything you own, everyone you know, all the places you’ve been to, your memories, the entire planet, the sun, the galaxy…

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Creation, according to Buddha Posted by on Dec 18, 2012

Thailand is a country where 95% of its inhabitants are Buddhists, and its language is very much linked to its religion. Since the world will end this month (due to running out of days on the Mayan calendar), I thought it appropriate to describe the Buddhist version of the end of the world. But with…

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CV Vocabulary Word Match Posted by on Dec 14, 2012

In the previous two blog posts I talked about resume vocabulary in Thai and how to use these words in sentences. This post will help give you practice with those words, as well as reading and spelling them. Print out this sheet. Then, below, draw a line from the English word on the left to match…

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