Thai Culture and Buddhist Traditions
Thailand is a very friendly, beautiful, and religious country. Throughout history, the region of Thailand has also been known as Siam. Today, Thailand is a popular tourist destination in the heart of South East Asia. Thailand is a leading manufacturer of electronics. Many women work in electronics factories as assemblers. Thailand also is the world's largest producer of pineapples.
•Thai culture is Buddhist. Accordingly the culture is one where individuals are taught to think for themselves and not be subjugated by religious authorities as is the case with Christain, Jewish or Muslim religions.
•The essence of this culture has two principal themes, first, one must understand the difference between reality and self delusion, and second, one must understand the nature of cause and effect, that is, to understand whatever one does now will have implications later, not only in the very short term, but the very long term.
•In Thai society Thai culture is such that people do not mix self delusion in their thoughts and conversation. This is seen as foolish. Good examples of self delusion include arrogance, superiority beliefs, social status etc. Some cultures do not make the distinction. The distinction is made in business matters as well as private relationships. Thai culture enables Thai people to better self distinguish their emotional desires with a cautious respect for reality.
•Thai culture also calls for detachment. In some societies if people want something they have to have it whatever, in fact they strive to become part of what they seek, be it a status symbol object like a motor car or a position of social recognition. They become in their minds what they seek to obtain, the delusion is over whelming. In Thai culture such desire and attachment for objects is regarded as weekness.
•To this we add the need for respect of others also a concept not really understood in western cultures. Examples of this respect...