Towards Understanding Thai Buddhism

UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by Barend Jan Terwiel.

“Toward Understanding Thai Buddhism”

Date: Friday, 18 May 2012
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Place: Michael Ames Theatre, Museum of Anthropology (MOA), 6393 NW Marine Drive

Description: are free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the lecture.


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The dominant religion of the Thais has many unique characteristics. Dr. Terwiel will first draw attention to the way the Thais depict the Buddha and the unusual shape of certain monastery buildings. This will lead him to outline three intriguing features of Thai Buddhism: temporary male ordination, the resistance to the ordination of women, and the quest for magical power through ritual, sacralised objects, and tattoos.

Dr. Barend Jan Terwiel is a retired professor of Thai Buddhism and currently resides in Berlin. He has conducted Ph.D. fieldwork on Buddhism in rural Thailand where he was also ordinated as a Buddhist monk. He recently republished Monks and Magic: Revisiting a Classic Study of Religious Ceremonies in Thailand, a work that illustrates the practice of Buddhism in a community in rural Central Thailand.

This lecture is held in collaboration with UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and the Canadian Society for Asian Arts. BCS Program lectures are made possible by the generous support of The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation.

Dr. Terwiel will also be giving two additional lectures on Buddhism:

“A New Perspective on early Thai Buddhism: The Hidden Jatakas on Wat Si Chum”

Date: Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Place: Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall

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“Buddhist Influence on Indigenous Thai Mapping”

Date: Thursday, 17 May 2012
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Place: Harbour Center Campus, Room 1600, Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings Street

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