• Bangkok Podcast: Do You Believe What You Believe?

    September 5th, 2011

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    Bangkok Podcast Phra Pandit

    Bangkok Podcast 68: Do You Believe What You Believe?

    On our last episode of our Buddhism series we switch things up a bit and let the venerable Pandit Bhikku interview us. As someone who has always been curious about what regular layfolk like ourselves think about eastern religion, he quizzes us on our thoughts on monastic life and the orange-robed monks that we see everyday but often don’t take much time to understand.

    Phra Pandit asks us if we believe in God and if we, in fact, believe what we believe, which is one of the key introspective aspects of Buddhism. Needless to say, it gets a bit deep as Tony, Greg and Pandit debate the meaning of belief and the freedom to choose if you even want to believe in anything.

    Phra Pandit also asks us some less esoteric questions such as – can monks wear jeans? How about ride a bicycle? Smoke? Go computer shopping? You might be surprised to find that even monks can’t agree on the answers.

    Come join us on September 10, 2011 to say goodbye to Bangkok Podcast. We are going off the air and we’re inviting our audience to join us for dinner at Basilico Pizzeria on Sukhumvit Soi 33 at 7:00 pm. Please RSVP on our Facebook page.

    Bangkok Podcast Farewell Dinner

    1. pandit
      Sep 5th
      Reply

      One reason I have thought about this topic is – people are pretty harsh with their expectations of monks – shouldn’t go to Pantip, shouldn’t run for a bus … but isn’t it the religious folk who are supposed to be critical of lay people’s behaviour? Monks are pretty well bahaved compared to lay people.

      And “mother’s Grimm”? ahem.

      • Sep 5th
        Reply

        Uh, It was an artifact of the long-rumored Mother Goose/Brother’s Grimm team-up that never happened… yeah, that’s the ticket.

    2. Shalani
      Dec 22nd
      Reply

      Thanks for sharing this podcast. I enjoyed listening since I have a lot of things learned from this. Please keep it up!

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