Talk: Learning how to Be Buddhist: Thai Manuscripts and Monastic Education
The Thai monastic education system is one of the longest established and institutionally active systems in all of the Buddhist world. Thailand is the world's most Buddhist country with almost 96% of the population. However, little is known about how Thai nuns and monks in the past or present learned from manuscripts how to be Buddhist. This talk looks at the major genres and libraries that Thais/Siamese have used over the past 700 years focusing primarily on palm-leaf manuscripts, homiletic traditions, and teaching and writing methods. It will be a comprehensive introduction to the tradition.
The Friends will enjoy a special private viewing of the Thai Folding Books from 5.30pm, followed by the talk at 6pm; and then a 3 course dinner with wine, tea and coffee in the Atrium. The menu will feature a selection of mouthwatering Thai starters and desserts, and a delicious buffet of main courses and side dishes.
Location: Chester Beatty