Jump to content
BANGKOK

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

geronimo

Taking a Buddhist statue out of the country

Recommended Posts

They were disturbed that so many of the Buddhist statues were displayed on low tables and in other inappropriate ways, as decor, not as a symbol of worship,

Absolutely sickening.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I brought back a fairly large brass Buddha about 5 years ago. I had it in my check-in baggage. I was asked to open my bag and the inspector saw the Buddha, looked at me and smiled. He told me to close my bag and waved me on. We had heard about having to have a letter from one of the ministries, etc. We tried finding it but we never did and decided to see what happens.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thx for all the replies guys. I understand that when an OP says it is a friend who wants to know, we assume it is the poster who is the real one with the problem, but in this case it really is a friend and when I told him its risky, he left it with me, gave me 100$ and asked me to mail it to him. So now my question isn't about taking it in the baggage, it's about mailing it. Lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't think it's so risky. Even without filling the full paperwork have a letter done at the local temple stating the the recipient is a virtuous man conforming to Buddhism principles, and the image will be displayed with the appropriate dignity. Have it ready when flying out or shipping.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

when we moved to US from BKK about 15 yrs ago...the wife put her "family buddhas" in her carry on... they are a few small statues, none over 6 inches tall. She is Thai and has had these her whole life. Also several amulets given to her by her brother, a long time monk.

anyways.. i know there is a lot more signage about this issue these days. The wife says it is crazy for her to have to go to a govt. building and get her personal, family, small buddhas "certified" so she can take them out this time, as we are moving back having been here for 7+ yrs this time round.

anyone care to comment on their personal experiences with a thai taking small personal buddhas out? I think she will be OK.... but TIT>..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thx for all the replies guys. I understand that when an OP says it is a friend who wants to know, we assume it is the poster who is the real one with the problem, but in this case it really is a friend and when I told him its risky, he left it with me, gave me 100$ and asked me to mail it to him. So now my question isn't about taking it in the baggage, it's about mailing it. Lol

Removing any Buddha image from Thailand without the proper paperwork is a criminal offense. Wether it is taken by you in luggage, or mailed, you are taking a risk and breaking the law. If the officer on duty and dealing with your luggage or posted parcel is in the right mood, and does not get the paperwork, you could go to jail.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thx for all the replies guys. I understand that when an OP says it is a friend who wants to know, we assume it is the poster who is the real one with the problem, but in this case it really is a friend and when I told him its risky, he left it with me, gave me 100$ and asked me to mail it to him. So now my question isn't about taking it in the baggage, it's about mailing it. Lol

Removing any Buddha image from Thailand without the proper paperwork is a criminal offense. Wether it is taken by you in luggage, or mailed, you are taking a risk and breaking the law. If the officer on duty and dealing with your luggage or posted parcel is in the right mood, and does not get the paperwork, you could go to jail.

well, we all know that this is thailand and THAIS get differential treatment in many areas - for instance, my friends thai wife with american passport, who chooses to stay in thailand as a USA citizen, when she goes to immigration to do her 90 day report and yearly renewal, gets much faster and easier processing of her documents... anyways... i suspect that given the numbers of Thais who go to reside abroad for any period of time, that the taking of family buddhas (talking SMALL ones here, not big interior/exterior home "decorations") would be permitted, formally or informally.

I was just looking to see if there is some official position on the issue.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thx for all the replies guys. I understand that when an OP says it is a friend who wants to know, we assume it is the poster who is the real one with the problem, but in this case it really is a friend and when I told him its risky, he left it with me, gave me 100$ and asked me to mail it to him. So now my question isn't about taking it in the baggage, it's about mailing it. Lol

Removing any Buddha image from Thailand without the proper paperwork is a criminal offense. Wether it is taken by you in luggage, or mailed, you are taking a risk and breaking the law. If the officer on duty and dealing with your luggage or posted parcel is in the right mood, and does not get the paperwork, you could go to jail.

well, we all know that this is thailand and THAIS get differential treatment in many areas - for instance, my friends thai wife with american passport, who chooses to stay in thailand as a USA citizen, when she goes to immigration to do her 90 day report and yearly renewal, gets much faster and easier processing of her documents... anyways... i suspect that given the numbers of Thais who go to reside abroad for any period of time, that the taking of family buddhas (talking SMALL ones here, not big interior/exterior home "decorations") would be permitted, formally or informally.

I was just looking to see if there is some official position on the issue.

finally decided to open the horse's mouth and count the teeth, instead of speculation.

Called up the local authority here in CM and they said the wife needed to certify and get certificate for her 3 main (about 6-8 inches each) house buddhas, but all the amulets and smaller icons that she has gotten from temples all over thailand, do not need to be submitted for certification.

so, taking pictures and going to the national museum to get clearance. End of drama for the wife and me

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thx for all the replies guys. I understand that when an OP says it is a friend who wants to know, we assume it is the poster who is the real one with the problem, but in this case it really is a friend and when I told him its risky, he left it with me, gave me 100$ and asked me to mail it to him. So now my question isn't about taking it in the baggage, it's about mailing it. Lol

Most postparcels are going true a scan, if they see the Buddha statue they will conficate the whole postparcel, this happened to a friend of my

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How about those tiny little key chain sized buddhas? Some are plastic or wood. Sold all over the place. Any possible chance those technically need any permissions?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very few Thais really understood Buddhism if they do then you wouldn't have this silly problem at all.

A Thai lay man (that is ordinary person ) or a Buddhist monk who has really studied "Abhidharma" (higher form of dharma teaching) will think this is a silly question, because you are ignorant of the teaching of Buddha.

You have mistaken a piece of stone for Buddha or rather a piece of brass copper for Buddha. Yes of course this is a religious object, you need to give it the proper respectful way of handling it or putting it in a proper place that's about all.

What a big fuss with the government saying you cannot take it out of the country without a permit.  They say they want to prevent people from disrespectfully using the statue of Buddha as a decoration or perhaps a door wedge. Anyone could make a statue of Buddha especially in this age of computer you could make any replica you want. So why would they need to take it out of Thailand to do something disrespectful to it. Does it makes sense?

Any clever Thai properly instructed in Buddhist teaching will understand that Buddha doesn't reside in a piece of wood. Buddha had taught his disciple in Abhidharma the "ultimate truth and skillful thinking". Even if you insulted Buddhism a clever Thai properly instructed in Buddhism with his skillful thinking would not get angry. Because he understood "The object of Anger, the rising and falling of Anger"- He understood the ultimate truth. Well, he understood the universe for that matter.

Only half-witted government official threaten you with fine and imprisonment for unknowingly taking a statue of Buddha out of Thailand.

I need to print some T-shirts that say , "Buddha loves you, don't misunderstood his teaching"  Is that ok with the government I wonder?

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 2016/5/29 at 5:12 AM, oxo1947 said:

Oh for heaven sake just stick it in your bag & take it-----if we worried about every silly law they have here,

we would have no time to do our knitting .....................coffee1.gif

.

I've just been reading that, by law, you have to turn your headlights on when it's raining in Sweden.
And I'm thinking, "Who the f$$c's going to let me know when it's raining in Sweden?"

Please don't give advice like this, you could get him into trouble. Just ask him, "Don't you have better things to do?"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 And where do I purchase a statue of the Buddha in the first place (Bangkok, Watthana, ideally)?

 

 Serious question. Quite unexpectedly, I will be staying in Krungthep for a few months and want to build a small altar in the new apt. I would prefer a wooden statue, no ghastly gold plated plastic.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are signs at the airport saying it is illegal. 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...