8 ways for making merit in Bangkok

Jul 25, 2014

[vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_heading main_heading=”8 ways for making merit in Bangkok” heading_tag=”h1″ spacer=”line_with_icon” spacer_position=”bottom” line_height=”1″ icon=”Defaults-circle-blank” icon_size=”32″][/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Making merit involves with Buddhist laymen in Thailand all day and all year long. Making merit is a famous activity for the Thai people while they visit the temple. Thais believe in reincarnation or life after death. Making merit is one way to accumulate good deed that may necessary for using in the future. Some believe, it will help to decease the bad luck and bad situation do not to get any worse.

The way of making merit (บุญกิริยาวัตถุ)is divided into 3 parts, Tan (ทาน Giving), Sil (ศีล Follow precept) and Pavana (ภาวนาpray). This blog is talking about Tan (giving) part which is related to giving objects and ritual activities. It is the first step or basic of making merit process. The result of this making merit could make you feel good and happy as givers always feel good.

Food offering in the morning

Every morning, Thai people will offer food, flower, snack, and drink for the monk. Then, they will listen to the monk chanting or sermon in return. This is the best way to start the day by supporting the Buddhism. In the old day, people cook food by them own and serve the best thing for the monk first. Now a day, you may see this activity at the local market.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”3244″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” css_animation=”fadeInUp” img_link_large=”yes” title=”Monk arm in the morning”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Release the fishes , flogs or Turtles to river near the temple

When you visit the temple, you saw the lived fishes in the tank. People buy those fishes and release in the river or the pond near the temple. The local think that is an activity to rescue other life and some people will not eat that kind fish for whole life. Some dedicated this for their illness old relative and which they feel better from sickness or health.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”3243″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” css_animation=”fadeInUp” img_link_large=”yes” title=”Flog in cage before release”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”3242″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” css_animation=”fadeInUp” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Listen to the sermon

Morning and evening, you can see old people go there to join the chanting ceremony. It takes about 30-45 minute to sit still and listen to rhyme chanting in the main hall. At the end, Buddhist monk may discuss or provide speech related to lessen of life.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”3241″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” css_animation=”fadeInUp” img_link_large=”yes” title=”Listen to the sermon at Wat suthat”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]


Meditation is one way to understand your own mind. There are so many things that you need to think of in your life. It makes people easy to lose focus and hard to concentrate. Meditation is a way of focusing on one thing such as your breathing, moving or chanting. After all, you will know to control your mind and think. Thais learn meditation from Buddhist monks. However, this active can practice at home and in daily life too. Check for meditation tour program here.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”3240″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” css_animation=”fadeInUp” img_link_large=”yes” title=”Meditation”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Pid Tong (Apply gold leaf ปิดทองพระพุทธรูปหรือปิดทองลูกนิมิตร)

Thais brings gold leave to apply to the Buddha statue as part of major things when they visit a temple. There are many explanations about this act but no conclusion yet.

When the new main chapel is going to build, we are going to put Louk nimit under ground, a kind of spiritual big ball. There will be big cerebration for Louk Nimit and people will apply gold leaf on it too. It is one of the greatest making merit for local communities.



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Bring soy milk for evening session (ถวายน้ำปานะ)

The Buddhist monks are not allowed to eat after noon. During the Buddhist rain retreat, people gather and meditate in the evening at the temple. Therefore, bring soy milk is one of the drinks that Buddhist monk allow to have is one activity that people do.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”3239″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” css_animation=”fadeInUp” img_link_large=”yes” title=”Offering to the monk”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Give Sankatan (สังฆทาน) to the monk

Sankatan is a basket or set of utensil which contain of necessary thing to use in Buddhist monk daily life such as pin, medicine, detergent, salt ,  flash light , toothbrush, water and etc. People give that for the temple without specific the recipient. The head of Buddhist monk will share these resources among their group later.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”3238″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” css_animation=”fadeInUp” img_link_large=”yes” title=”Sangkapan – picture from http://news.springnewstv.tv/”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Vian Tean (เวียนเทียน)

Vian tean is an activity held at night. People will light the candle and light the incense stick and walk around the main chapel to warship the lord Buddha for special events such as entering and ending of Buddhist rain retreat or Makabusha for instance.




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There is more making merit related to Buddhist event and inside the temple. Visitors can see more things going on in Thai temples. Feel free to ask your local guide to explain the event. Or join our temple tour or meditation tour which our tour guide will explain more detail for you.

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