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Religious Thai Amulets are immensely popular among many Thai locals or even the Chinese that residing in South East Asia - probably most followers never have the chance to worship the religion and hopefully with the little image that we wear on the body can provide some form of relief. As I mentioned in the site, probably it takes a Thai to create such a high quality website features specifically on these lovely collective pendants. As I can never be claimed knowledgeable in this strong thai traditions but since I am a web developer in nature, I create this solely for personal consumption and hope to provide a linkage among all passionate collectors. Some of the opinion presented within the site was entirely personal and I do not wish to influence any decision prior to any potential purchases or disposal. So, this forum is intended to provide a channel for all to make use of it to present your own individual views. Enjoy.

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951. From : Chris (sorry@noemail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:29 AM Tuesday 10 October, 2006

This is a marvelous website ! I enjoyed the Penang, Burma and Cambodia journal the most (stunning photography) + our own KLCC showcase. Thanks for sharing these infomation, as these made a good reference when I need them later.

Chris, Segamat.


952. From : Kakaman (mail_wil_bounce@mir.com.my)
Url : http://www.MIRnet.com.my/contact
Date : 11:41 PM Monday 09 October, 2006

A gentleman is requesting via our MIR Guestbook section for the Phone Number of the fortune teller Ethi in Yangon, Burma (mentioned in my Burma 2005 site). Sorry for not posting my email in this site but you can use a little imagination of how-to. It is for his coming visit to Myanmar. Here it is:- 00957571363 (hope it is still working). This posting is less relating to Buddhism but you will be surprised as her family has an impressive collection of Buddha images on her own in a separate room. I posted this because I may have to find her number again. It is easier by using the SEARCH BOX and locate a keyword search in the database later. Good trip, friend - Burma is indeed a very beautiful country for Buddhist travellers.

By the way, Mr. Heah, I have mailed you a short note.


953. From : heah (heah1959@yahoo.com)
Url :
Date : 09:45 PM Monday 09 October, 2006

Pratyeka-buddha: These Buddhas bocome fully enlightened...by meditating on the principle of causality.Unlike the Perfect Buddhas,however,they do not exert themselves to teach others.In Buddhism,Pratyekabuddhas generally mean those who live in a time when there is no Buddha but who awaken to the Truth through their own efforts.The vehicles of the Sravakas(Those who follow and eventually become Arhats as a result of listening to the Buddhas and following their teachings) and Pratyekabuddhas are known as the Theravada or Southern Vehicle of Buddhism.Sri Lankan Theravada was established as the predominant tradition in Thailand in the 14th century.Today Thai Buddhism is highly hierarchic and organized.It also comes under a degree of state supervision and the king is the Supreme Patriarch. Not surprisingly,therefore, the local'church' has its radicals and reformers as well as its unbending conservatives.Much of its vitality,however,lies away from the towns and cities in rural forest areas where serious practioners are ordained and get down to the real business of doing Buddhism. One well-known modern master of the forest tradition is Ajahn Chah,who has trained many Western monks,notably Ajahn Sumedho,the American founder of four new Theravada monasteries in Britain and others elsewhere.
Sadhu


954. From : heah (heah1959@yahoo.com)
Url : http://Phra Pidta
Date : 08:47 PM Monday 09 October, 2006

我想多加於補充一下,以免網友混涍,把辟支佛和其祂真佛混為一起,那就誤解了本人的意思!辟支珈佛(簡稱辟支佛或獨覺)並非真佛,只因為祂是修十二因緣觀,自凡夫至辟支佛,論時間,速者四生,遲者一百劫,其修行在於悟證,悟所到處,便是證所到處,故無階位可言,即不是真佛階位。聲聞乘和緣覺乘(二乘)又分為愚法二乘和不愚法二乘兩種,愚法二乘是聲聞緣覺二小乘,執迷自法,而愚於大乘法空之妙理;不愚法二乘是與愚法二乘相反,他們善知理法,進入大乘的境界。泰國有些僧伽所修的佛法本來就很混雜,間中又帶著絲絲的婆羅門教的色彩,勤修靈異功能。修行崇高的大德高僧是朝向不愚法修練,以慈悲為懷,(旨意皆達菩薩界或佛境)同時在證果位前后而特地制作了這些保身佛牌給於佛弟子。雖然“必大”不是泰國佛牌的五方聖佛(即是順德,舜歌,拍逢素攀,拍喃彼耶和拍洛),畢竟也是階位很高的好佛牌,也只有出自修行高的老師父的手而遐邇聞名,值得收藏。This topic is specially created and targeted at the non-English speaking group so that they can grasp a better understanding of the Thai amulets and Thai Buddhism since this forum now welcomes all forum members to participate and contribute to posting at the message board in any languages .
Sadhu.


955. From : Y.K.T. (yappie_tiger@nospam.com)
Url : http://
Date : 08:36 PM Monday 09 October, 2006

The explanation of Pha Pidta is too abstract (玄) in Chinese for me. Here is a site which explained from a Thai perspective, I think it is relative in some ways with the Chinese version in explaning Phra Pidta. I would think the image form is very original in Thai way of Buddhist pratice, you can say it is evolving in native Thai fashion.

But I have to agree the basic essence of its writing may be coincided with the inputs posted by our brothers here ealier in Chinese version but simply because it is ONLY THE THAI as this image in an amulet form and thus, I am using it as a GUIDE to let our brothers to understand how a Thai peceives it from their angle. The form can be called as (in short) as Pidta, Pitta, Pida, or Pita - depends on your translation preferences.


956. From : Y.K.T. (yappie_tiger@nospam.com)
Url : http://www.geocities.com/tokyo/teahouse/1428/prapitta.htm
Date : 08:35 PM Monday 09 October, 2006

The Site (linked above) suggests:- ""... The figure of SANGAJAYANA , the monk of great fortune who lived in the Lord Buddha time or around 2,500 years ago , has been made in other two transformed forms. The first one is Phra Kawampati(Pali pronunciation) or Phra Kawambodi(Thai pronuciation), which means the monk who was not looked like Lord Buddha. After Sangajayana had magically transfromed his body, he was also called Kawampati. The word "Kawam" means Lord Buddha while "Pati" is a denial suffix .

And the other form of Sangajayana is Phra Pit Thawan. Both figures have popularly been made by magic-expert monks in small size as hanging amulets. Practically,Thai amulet users call Phra Kawambodi with the plain word as "Phra Pitta" which means the monk lifting his hands covering his eyes. Phra Kawambodis made of and from various materials aim at 3 main purposes:-

The first for self attractiveness and fortune, the amulets are made from white holy-powder plaster.The second for self protection and also for fortune effects, the amulets are made from holy-powder plaster mixed with black lacquer. The third for impenetrability or invulnerability, the amulets are made of various metals. In the past, other materials such as ivory tusk or even wood were also used to make amulets.

Phra Kawambodi figure is easy to remember, he has a round-naked head with or without big potbelly, but his both hands are lifting up to cover his eyes. or the Phra Pit Thawan, it has more magnificent form. Normally,Phra Pit Thawan has his hands more than two, it is frequenly made 3-4 pairs of hands.The first pair covers his both eyes.The second pair covers his both ears while the third pair moves downward and bends to cover his anus.And there may be the fourth pair to cover the navel.

What does it mean by this posture?

The answer is that the primary gate of all sufferings of human is our own sensory perception organs,i.e.eyes,ears,nose,tongue,trunk and mind. Phra Pit Thawan (Thai vocabs: Phra=monk figure; Pit=to close,to cover; Thawan=vents, outlets) is hinting on controlling those organs by covering them to prevent all sufferings to enter.

Is that like the ostrich putting its long head into a sand hole to perceive nothing all around? No, it's absolutely not like that. He is hinting a profound meaning of advanced Dhamma (Buddha's teachings). That is seeing is just seeing, touching is just touching, and knowing is just knowing. You realize all things happening with full consciousness but neutralized mind.

The good quality mind of this state will develop the inner body higher. You are not sensitive to all things shaking around, you have no extreme feelings of both great sorrow and delightfulness. But the most important thing is that you have peacefulness in your mind, and you can strongly stand up to every kind of sufferings.

Many people practiced this great way and the miracle of mind automatically occured, they have ESP, precognition, capability of out-of-body, and healing powers. But the most important thing is that one can use this clean mind to focus on Dhamma to reach the state of Niravan or Nibbhan, i.e.the self enlightenment.

The posture of Phra Pit Thawan teaches us to be alert on our own sensory perception organs by not allowing them go freely but mastering them instead. The alert and full realization on all sensory perception organs is called by Thai Buddhists " Inciya Sangworn"

The Inciya Sangworn posture of both Phra Kawambodi and Phra Pit Thawan hint the same Dhamma meaning. But the Thai magic gurus of "Saiya Vej" preferably interpreted the posture of Phra Pit Thawan the good omen for "Kong Kra Phan Chatri", the impenetrability or invulnerability. Why ? Because they believed that Phra Pit Thawan closes all its "windows", all sufferings and all kinds of dangers cannot enter or even come closer. Thai people call this "Klaew Klad", the state of being well-protected from all dangers.

"Phra Pit Thawan" is the old name, but it's now popularly called "PHRA PITTA MAHA UT" which means the monk of great impenetrability with his hands covering both eyes. But practically,Thai amulet users also shortly call Phra Pitta Maha Ut as " Phra Pitta", just the same as Phra Kawambodi.

It is not confused by their same short names because the old Phra Pittas of each temple have their own specific forms . In among Thai amulet collectors, the word "Phra Pitta" followed by the name of the temple of origin is clear enough to identify which Phra Pitta they meant for.

Phra pitta Maha Uts have also popularly been made in small amulet forms from silver-based alloy, iron-based alloy and bronze-based alloy, etc. Making Phra Pitta Maha Uts have more complicated religious ritual than Phra Kawambodis. And with their superb designs, Phra Pitta Maha Uts always bear the ancient magic script for impenetrability or invulnerability purpose. Such the scripts are as follows:

The Earth's Four Essential Elements "Na-Ma-Pa-Tha" (earth,water,wind and fire), The Name of the Five Buddhas (Na-Mo-Bhut-Tha-Ya),The Essence of the Three Diamonds (A-Oo-Ma), or even a single universal magic character of " Na" or "Oo", etc.

Some guru monks also created high-relief magic script on Phra Pitta Maha Uts ,Thai amulet veterans call such the script the "Yantra Sen Kha Nom Chine" which means the spaghetti-liked script. ...

Some old Phra Pitta Maha Uts are very expensive, it can cost more than US $20,000 per piece in Thailand with its weight not over 50 gms .Yes, it's the world most expensive ordinary metal piece!

Remember that all Thai amulets of every piece and every kind must have been blessed, with no exception, through the consecration rituals performed by the meditative guru monks, otherwise they are faked or ineffective amulets for wearing. It's just like you pick up a piece of rock or metal on the street and then wear it on your neck!.... "

- Extraction from the site LINK above (GOOD info on this image form, written by a Thai) but I am opened to other various interpretation (esp. in Chinese) - .


957. From : Pidta (version@pidta.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:25 PM Monday 09 October, 2006

辟支佛是辟支迦佛陀(Pratyekabuddha)的簡稱,又音譯作缽羅翳迦佛陀,或簡稱辟支迦佛、辟支等。指過去生曾經種下因緣,進而出生在無佛之世,因性好寂靜,或行頭陀,無師友教導,而以智慧獨自悟道,其或是思惟世間生滅無常的道理,或是觀察十二因緣、飛花落葉等,進而得到證悟而解脫生死、證果之人。所以亦稱為「獨覺」(新譯)或「緣覺」(舊譯)。

但漢傳佛教天台宗把「獨覺」和「緣覺」另作區分:出生於沒有佛的時候的開悟得道者,稱為獨覺,而出生於有佛之世,觀察思惟十二因緣得道證悟者,稱為緣覺。

辟支佛是緣覺乘(乘是載運的意思,載運修行的人,從迷到悟的方法與過程)的最高果位,但並不完全等於覺行圓滿、無上正等正覺的佛陀,緣覺乘(沒有聽聞佛陀教說,獨自觀察十二因緣等法理而覺悟)和聲聞乘(直接聽聞佛陀教說,思惟修證苦集滅道四聖諦而覺悟),合稱為「二乘」,加上大乘佛教的菩薩乘,總稱為「三乘佛教」。而一般世間的善法善行(好人好事等),統稱為「五乘共法」,是載運眾生到善趣的共同方法,其中所說的五乘,指的就是(1)人乘(2)天乘(3)聲聞乘(4)緣覺乘(5)菩薩乘。extracted from http://zh.wikipedia.org but version explained it as another version from Sankajai (彌勒佛)。Bu I guess the principle remains as Heah stated it.


958. From : heah (heah1959@yahoo.com)
Url : http://Phra Pidta
Date : 02:16 AM Monday 09 October, 2006

其實我相信好多網友都在議論紛紛這個問題,到底“必大”是什么來的?這課題往往是眾說紛紜,莫衷一是。有些說是歡喜佛,也有人說是彌勒佛即是“善卡財” 或者是,,。如果我們深切的探討小乘佛法,就不難解答這各問題。其實“必大”就是辟支佛!佛法有三乘,即是大乘,中乘,和小乘。小乘即是聲聞乘,中乘就是緣覺乘,大乘是菩薩乘。辟支佛是聲聞乘的老師,因為辟支珈佛,或獨覺,因觀飛花落葉或十二因緣而開悟證道,又因無師友之教導,全靠自己之覺悟而成道。辟支佛,其修行重在悟證。聲聞乘當祂為導師,而小乘是修四諦法門而悟道,從凡夫至須陀洹(初入聖人之流),斯陀含,阿那含到阿羅漢(小乘最高果位境界)。"必大"為梵文,即是辟支珈佛,簡稱獨覺。Sources and contents obtained from a book by an American author on Theravada Buddhism.


959. From : Albert (multidrift@msn.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:49 PM Sunday 08 October, 2006

Uncle Wong, I jes discovered this "heaven" a month ago when i want to browse for phra somdej. Coz i jes bought a Phra Somdej Wat BKP.(DUNNO HOW TRUE IT IS according to my JB friend who sold me the amulet) There is a kind of faded blue stamping at the back, looks like a triangle or pagoda.Not really sure. That's why i keep searching in the web. Uncle wong, there is a pair of father and son in Kuching who is famous because of their tattos all over the body. Most of pple in Kuching know them if they have ever eaten the chicken rice in the town area. Don’t know this is the friends of yours that you were mentioning jes now. Hehe..

Regarding the tattoo issue, i don't have any comment. But maybe i would think that iz their sincerity in believing in Buddha. Or maybe can keep away from evil spirit? Don't know...wait till i consult a thai monk soon when he is coming to kuching. Sorry for not contributing in this issue. :)

Thanks anyway and regards to you all.


960. From : Albert (multidrift@msn.com)
Url : http://
Date : 10:47 PM Sunday 08 October, 2006

Bro Nelson, I see,so u do come back to Kuching occasionally, dont worry, Jes drop a mail to me or if u want my number as well? So, how is Tawau. Kuching is terribly blanketed with haze these days. Maybe i have to wear my Kring most of the time now,hahaha, just as to keep myself healthy.

Bro Heah, Thanks for those infor.It is very useful to me as i know how to answer when pple ask me "how come ur kring is holding the bottle terbalik one." Can see how naive of them if they ask this kind of question right? :) i have been wanting this answer for many years. But not many pple in kuching know why. I havent shown my amulet to any thai monk in Kuching though. Maybe they can explain to me in depth. Thanks again Bro Heah.


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