TH - Meditating in a Buddhist temple
Thousands have come and gone from this same place passing through the arches where vendors line to sell offerings such as garlands, fruit and flowers.
Was the ground made holy by millions of prayers and offerings over a century, or has it always been sacred? Was this building merely a landmark placed because this very spot felt energetically different? When and how does a temple become ethereal?
I feel my mind is at peace before ever entering the space reserved for prayer and meditation. The ground itself feels holy. I make a quick check of my wrap to ensure my shoulders are covered before we enter, knowing that the exposure of too much skin is forbidden.
My walk is softer and I notice that my mind is eased and at peace.
Wat Pathum Wanaram is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It was build in 1857 and sits across from Siam Square in the Siam District. There are shopping malls on either side of it but despite being in the middle of a bustling city it continues to feel calm within the walls of the temple.
You can buy offerings outside from vendors, usually flowers, to leave in the offering plates in front of the statues of Buddha. A thing to keep in mind is that taking photos of the Buddha or the inside of the temples is considered disrespectful.
Shoe removal is a must and you would not want to wear shorts/tank top so make sure to cover exposed areas accordingly and show respect.
Last but not least, remember to allow your mind to calm to fully appreciate the sacredness of this temple.