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What Would Buddha Do ?

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For ages, Thailand has practiced a limited form of “social distancing”. Women have been forbidden to touch, or come in contact with monks. Most men will avoid sitting next to a monk, unless lack of seating dictates.

 

On most public transportation there are seats reserved, for elderly, pregnant women, disabled, and monks. These are usually next to the entrances.

 

The need for the first three is obvious. These are people with physical needs for the seat. For the monks, it facilitates avoidance. In the case of most buses, the left, front seat is usually designated for monks. It is convenient and solo. There may also be another designated for others in need, not necessarily solo.   

 

Well, …

 

An elderly Thai man, easily in his 80’s, stumbled onto our bus, packing with him a bunch of stuff. The driver stopped with the front door open for him to enter. He managed to make it onto the left, front “monk seat”, which is often used, by men or women, when no monks are present.

 

A ways down the route, a middle-aged monk boards the bus. He stands by the seat, staring at the old man. The old man gets up, fumbles with his belongings, stumbles directly across the isle, to another empty, solo seat, wrestles all his stuff, and finally manages to sit again.

 

Here’s the kicker:

 

Two short stops after he secured the sacred “monk seat”, the monk gets up and exits the bus!

 

Now, the question for any Buddhists who might follow ThaiVisa, …

 

WHAT WOULD BUDDHA DO?

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Buddha would use transport, but he would probably tell the older man to stay seated.

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He would defrock the majority of the fake monks along with all of those on the Sangha council who are into money grabbing and fraud.  Toss them out on there <deleted> and turn there rears into sows ear purses.

 

He would get rid of all the special accommodations this country gives to monks, and of course he would stand and defer to all others.

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The monk felt entitled to sit in his designated place on the bus...no thought was given to the other Thai...he most move to another seat to preserve order...and entitlement...

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I believe first of all, the Buddha wouldn't be using transportation, he would be walking.  Since that is the topic of this post, I will stop here.  

Curt1591, lets carry on this post for a bit, OK?  Throw us some more examples. 

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10 hours ago, khaowong1 said:

I believe first of all, the Buddha wouldn't be using transportation, he would be walking.

I once encountered a real monk, outside of Kanchanaburi. He was walking to a temple in Saphan Buri! Wouldn't accept a ride. Walking is, indeed, a form of meditation. 

 

10 hours ago, khaowong1 said:

Throw us some more examples. 

It wasn't my intention to flame the monk hood. But, this was a particularly distasteful, arrogant stunt. 

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I am pretty sure they didn't have busses and monk seats back then.. 

 

but if they did, and it was Genghis Khan, I don't think the old man would have made it... 

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21 hours ago, Logosone said:

Buddha would use transport, but he would probably tell the older man to stay seated.

I thought monks in the old days used to walk barefoot and not use transport or drive themselves? The idea to take time and meditate, plus not have luxury or be dependant on worldly things. 

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5 minutes ago, jak2002003 said:

in the old days used to walk barefoot and not use transport or drive themselves?

yeah, in the old days they hadn't invented VIP busses yet... you would have had to wait hundreds of years for the bus station to be up and running... 

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There is no comparison between the Buddha & a human.

(today, many humans are worse than animals, IMHO)

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4 hours ago, kenk24 said:

yeah, in the old days they hadn't invented VIP busses yet... you would have had to wait hundreds of years for the bus station to be up and running... 

But they must have had VIP oxen and carts...or a comfy place on a rowing boat. 😏

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37 minutes ago, jak2002003 said:

But they must have had VIP oxen and carts...or a comfy place on a rowing boat. 😏

No, I think it was pretty much 3rd class all the way... if they even had a good restaurant, you couldn't call for reservations for another couple of thousand years... 

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