Coming to Bangkok I never expected to end up in a meditation class in the famous Wat Mahathat! I went to the grand palace on the first day I was in Bangkok and became vey fascinated with the monks and meditation... So I sought out some classes that I could take which didn't require me to become a devotee but I still got the full experience. In the grounds of Wat Mahathat, each area is dvided up into districts. The meditation course is in district five. There are three sessions a day (in English) and you get a private monk to tutor you (unless more people come on the same day). Classes begin at 7:00am, 1:30pm and 6:00pm and last for about 3-4hours depending on how invested you are in the experience and what else is going on in the temple.
I would say that this experience far surpasses any temple viewing and sightseeing I did in Bangkok. Instead of being an outsider looking in to the world of buddhism and monks, I tried out their clothes to see how I fit in them
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