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Welcome student back to school again!. At the morning, you may walk along the path or opposite the alms of monks

as well as you see in the picture below.

 

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APRIL 23, 2015

GIVING ALMS TO MONKS IN THAILAND

Tak bat means to present food to a monk or Buddhist teacher. It’s an important part of culture in Thailand. The ritual of giving alms to monks is a way for Thai people to give back to Buddhist monks, who in turn dedicate their lives to teaching others about being good and virtuous. It’s not charity in the Western sense. Thai people see it as a virtue. Giving alms to monks is about showing goodness to others, doing good deeds, and being a good person.

By now, I had already developed an immense appreciation for this part of Thai culture – Dan and I just spent two days at a Buddhist meditation retreat, focused on the philosophy behind Buddhism, being good, and giving back.

Our local guide Pai Boon was so kind to share with us the ritual of alms in Chiang Mai. He took us to a city’s local quarter where we could participate in tak bat and learn how to give alms to monks.

giving alms to monks

HOW TO GIVE ALMS TO MONKS IN THAILAND

Monks go out for alms at dawn around 5am or 6am, usually around the streets by a Thai monastery. They walk in a straight line, one behind the other with the most senior monk ahead, and always barefoot. With their bare feet connected to the ground it is the Buddhist way of keeping close to nature and earth, since wearing shoes disconnects ourselves from our impact on nature. Tricia’s reasons to go barefoot are also pretty interesting.

giving alms monks thailandMonks barefoot

The Buddhist ritual is to place fresh food into the alms bowls that monks carry with them. Since rice is a staple in Thai culture, families cook it fresh from home and put a portion in plastic bags to give, or you can buy a prepared dish from local street vendors.

Giving Alms to monks thailand

Giving Alms to monks thailand

Giving Alms to monks thailandThai family kneeling

Giving Alms to monks thailand

how to Give Alms to monks thailand
Pai Boon, our Thai guide giving almshow to Give Alms to monks thailand
Giving good allows receiving good deeds and merits.giving almsSharing our goodness

Thais also believe in sharing alms with the deceased in a ritual callled “kruat nam”. After giving alms to monks, it’s customary to pour a small amount of water into a cup then pour the water into soil. It’s like sharing goodness with the Earth and everyone around it!

how to Give Alms to monks thailand

Giving alms to the Earth
Giving alms to the Earth

thai buddhist monk

thai buddhist monks

In Chiang Mai, one of the things that stuck with me most is the Buddhist teaching that it is better to give.

THE MORE WE GIVE TO OTHERS THE BETTER PEOPLE WE BECOME

#ThailandInsider Tip: I highly recommend spending a morning giving alms – you absolutely have to experience this at least once if you’re coming to Thailand. I suggest going with a local because they can show you how to properly and respectfully present your alms to monks. Get Your Guide offers a small group morning tour with alms offering and Thai breakfast.

WHEN TO GO:

In the early morning hours, usually between 5.30am and 8am. It usually takes place around temples or Wat.

WHAT TO BRING:

Fresh food like rice, fruit, juice or milk. They take it back to the Wat to share and eat what is donated.

Thank you Pai Boon for sharing your culture with us.

I was a guest of Tourism Authority of Thailand while in Chiang Mai as part of their #ThailandInsider campaign. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Scientists Just Beginning to Understand COVID-19 Health Problems

July 05, 2020
FILE - A medical staff member treats a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista, California, U.S., May 12, 2020. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo)
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Scientists are only beginning to understand the health problems that are caused by the novel coronavirus. Some of these problems may have effects on people and healthcare systems for years to come, note doctors and infectious disease experts.

The virus that causes the disease COVID-19 attacks many organ systems, in some cases causing terrible damage.

“We thought this was only a respiratory virus,” said Eric Topol, a doctor and expert on hearts. “(It) turns out, it (the virus) goes after the pancreas. It goes after the heart. It goes after the liver, the brain, the kidney, and other organs. We didn’t appreciate that in the beginning,” he said.

Topol is director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, California.

In addition to respiratory problems, patients with COVID-19 can experience blood clotting disorders and extreme inflammation. The virus can also cause neurological problems such as headaches, lightheadedness, seizures and even a loss of taste or smell.

And recovery can be slow, incomplete and costly.

Dr. Sadiya Khan is a heart expert at Northwestern Medicine in the United States. He described the health problems caused by COVID-19 as somewhat unusual and different.

With influenza, people who have underlying heart conditions are also at higher risk of health problems, Khan said. What is surprising about this virus is the number of complications that take place outside the lungs.

Khan believes there will be huge healthcare costs for people who have survived COVID-19.

Patients who were in a hospital intensive care unit or on a ventilator for weeks will need time to recover and regain their strength.

“It can take up to seven days for every one day that you’re hospitalized to recover that type of strength,” Khan said. “It’s harder the older you are, and you may never get back to the same level of function.”

While much of their attention has been on the patients who experience severe disease, doctors are looking to the needs of patients who were not sick enough to need hospitalization. Some of them are still suffering months after first becoming infected.

Jay Butler is deputy director of infectious diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He told reporters in a telephone call last month that studies are just beginning to look at the long-term effects of infection.

“We hear anecdotal reports of people who have persistent fatigue, shortness of breath,” Butler said. “How long that will last is hard to say.”

Helen Salisbury is a doctor with the University of Oxford. She wrote recently in The British Medical Journal that an estimated 1 in 10 people experience prolonged symptoms from the coronavirus.

Salisbury said many of her patients have normal chest X-rays and no sign of inflammation, but they are still not back to normal.

“If you previously ran 5k three times a week and now feel breathless after a single flight of stairs, … then the fear that you may never regain your previous health is very real,” she wrote.

I’m John Russell.

Julie Steenhuysen,Caroline Humer and Nancy Lapid reported on this story for Reuters. John Russell adapted their report for VOA Learning English. George Grow was the editor.

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Words in This Story

respiratory – adj. of or relating to breathing or the organs of the body that are used in breathing

appreciate – v. to understand the worth or importance of (something or someone)

blood clotting – n. a thick and sticky piece of dried blood that stops blood from flowing through a blood vessel in a person or an animal

inflammation – n. a condition in which a part of your body becomes enlarged and painful

ventilator – n. a machine for helping a person to breathe

function – n. the special purpose or activity for which a thing exists or is used

anecdotal – adj. used to describe a story about an interesting event

persistent – adj. continuing firmly

symptom – n. a physical or mental condition which is considered a sign of disease

stairs – n. a series of steps leading from one floor to another

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6 Minute English

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Smartphone addiction

EPISODE 180712 / 12 JUL 2018

Are you a phubber? Do you suffer from FOMO? These are words associated with smartphone addiction. 6 Minute English describes these words and discusses how you can kick the habit.

This week's question:

In what year did the term ‘smartphone’ first appear in print? Was it:

a) 1995
b) 2000
c) 2005

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary

FOMO
(acronym) Fear of Missing Out

phubber
person who ignores the real people around them because they are concentrating on their phones

addicted (to something)
having a physical or mental need to keep on doing something
 
compulsively
unable to stop doing something again and again

keep in touch with
stay in contact with 

in person
actually meeting someone face-to-face

Transcript

Note: This is not a word for word transcript 

Rob
Hello, welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Rob.

Catherine
And I'm Catherine.

Rob
So, Catherine, how long do you spend on your smartphone?

Catherine
My smartphone? Not that long really, only about 18 or 19 hours.

Rob
No, sorry, I meant in a day, not in a week.

Catherine
Er, that's what I meant too, Rob – a day.

Rob
Oh wow, so you’ve even got it right here…

Catherine
…yep, got it now, Rob. Yes, I should tell you that I suffer from FOMO.

Rob
FOMO?

Catherine
FOMO - Fear of Missing Out. Something cool or interesting might be happening somewhere, Rob, and I want to be sure I catch it, so I have to keep checking my phone, to make sure, you know, I don’t miss out on anything.

Rob
So we could call you a phubber… Hello… I said, so you’re a phubber? Someone who ignores other people because you’d rather look at your phone.

Catherine
Oh, yeah, that's right.

Rob
It sounds like you have a bit of a problem there, Catherine. But you’re not the only one. According to one recent survey, half of teenagers in the USA feel like they are addicted to their mobile phones. If you are addicted to something, you have a physical or mental need to keep on doing it. You can’t stop doing it. You often hear about people being addicted to drugs or alcohol, but you can be addicted to other things too, like mobile phones. So, Catherine, do you think you’re addicted to your phone? How long could you go without it? Catherine? Catherine!

Catherine
Sorry, Rob, yes, well I think if I went more than a minute, I'd probably get sort of sweaty palms and I think I'd start feeling a bit panicky.  

Rob
Oh dear! Well, if I can distract you for a few minutes, can we look at this topic in more detail please? Let's start with a quiz question first though. In what year did the term ‘smartphone’ first appear in print? Was it:

a)    1995
b)    2000
c)     2005

What do you think?

Catherine
OK, you've got my full attention now, Rob, and I think it’s 2000, but actually can I just have a quick look on my phone to check the answer?

Rob
No, no, that would be cheating – for you – maybe not for the listeners.

Catherine
Spoilsport.

Rob
Right, Jean Twenge is a psychologist who has written about the damage she feels smartphones are doing to society. She has written that smartphones have probably led to an increase in mental health problems for teenagers. We’re going to hear from her now, speaking to the BBC. What does she say is one of the dangers of using our phones?

Jean Twenge, psychologist and author
I think everybody’s had that experience of reading their news feed too much, compulsively checking your phone if you’re waiting for a text or getting really into social media then kind of, looking up and realising that an hour has passed.

Rob
So what danger does she mention?

Catherine
Well, she said that we can get so involved in our phones that we don’t notice the time passing and when we finally look up, we realise that maybe an hour has gone. And I must say, I find that to be true for me, especially when I'm watching videos online. They pull you in with more and more videos and I’ve spent ages just getting lost in video after video.

Rob
Well that's not a problem if you're looking at our YouTube site, of course - there's lots to see there.

Catherine
Yes, BBC Learning English, no problem. You can watch as many as you like.

Rob
Well, she talks about checking our phones compulsively. If you do something compulsively you can’t really control it - it’s a feature of being addicted to something, you feel you have to do it again and again. Some tech companies, though, are now looking at building in timers to apps which will warn us when we have spent too long on them. Does Jean Twenge think this will be a good idea?

Jean Twenge, psychologist and author
It might mean that people look at social media less frequently and that they do what it really should be used for, which is to keep in touch with people but then put it away and go see some of those people in person or give them a phone call.

Rob
So, does she think it’s a good idea?

Catherine
Well, she doesn’t say so directly, but we can guess from her answer that she does, because she says these timers will make people spend more time in face-to-face interaction, which a lot of people think would be a good thing.

Rob
Yes, she said we should be using it for keeping in touch with people - which means contacting people, communicating with them and also encouraging us to do that communication in person. If you do something in person then you physically do it – you go somewhere yourself or see someone yourself, you don’t do it online or through your smartphone, which nicely brings us back to our quiz question. When was the term smartphone first used in print - 1995, 2000 or 2005? What did you say, Catherine?

Catherine
I think I said 2005, without looking it up on my phone, Rob!

Rob
That's good to know, but maybe looking at your phone would have helped because the answer was 1995. But well done to anybody who did know that.

Catherine
Or well done to anyone who looked it up on their phone and got the right answer.

Rob
Mmm, right, before logging off let’s review today’s vocabulary.

Catherine
OK, we had FOMO, an acronym that means 'Fear of Missing Out'. Something that I get quite a lot.

Rob
And that makes you also a phubber - people who ignore the real people around them because they are concentrating on their phones.

Catherine
Yes, I do think I’m probably addicted to my phone. I have a psychological and physical need to have it. My smartphone is my drug.

Rob
Wow, and you look at it compulsively. You can’t stop looking at it, you do it again and again, don't you?

Catherine
It's sadly true, Rob. To keep in touch with someone is to contact them and share your news regularly.

Rob
And if you do that yourself by actually meeting them, then you are doing it in person. And that brings us to the end of today’s programme. Don’t forget you can find us on the usual social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube -  and on our website at bbclearningenglish.com. Bye for now.

Catherine
Bye!

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Ban on monkey-picked coconut products in UK won’t hurt: shippers’ council

Jul 08. 2020
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By The Nation

The Thai National Shippers’ Council appears to be unfazed by the so-called ban on Thai coconut products in the West, saying getting monkeys to pick the fruit is a tradition in Southeast Asian countries.

Visit Limlurcha, the council’s vice president, said the ban on Thai coconut milk in English supermarkets over alleged animal abuse will not really hurt exports because the ban is only applicable in limited sections. 

“Thai coconut products were banned out of a misunderstanding. Monkeys are like pets for Thai people and banning the products doesn’t make sense because Thailand’s animal-protection laws are stronger than in other countries. If this was the real reason, then coconut products would have been banned a long time ago,” he said. 

However, he said, neighbouring countries like Indonesia and Vietnam will suffer more if their products are also banned because they also use monkeys to pick coconuts. 

Visit did not confirm whether this ban was part of protectionist policies, but the Commerce Ministry has said it will meet with European representatives on Wednesday to explain Thailand’s traditional ways. 

Last year, Thailand’s export of coconut milk and coconut products was worth US$400 million (Bt12.5 billion) and over the past eight years, the export expanded 115 per cent in big markets such as United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada. 

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Applications for new Thai passport to be accepted from today

Jul 08. 2020
(Picture shows design of current passport)
(Picture shows design of current passport)

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By THE NATION

The new version of the Thai passport will be available from July 8 onwards at passport offices nationwide, the Department of Consular Affairs announced on Tuesday (July 7).

“All branches of the passport office -- except for two branches at MRT Khlong Toei and Chaengwattana Road that are under renovation -- will be able to issue the new passport, including the two newly opened branches at MBK Center and in Nakhon Si Thammarat,” said the announcement. “Some branches may not open every day due to the Covid-19 prevention measures, so make sure to book your queue in advance at www.QPassport.in.th.

The cover of the new passport has been designed to reflect Thai art and culture. The latest technology is being used to protect personal identities. While the earlier passports used face and fingerprint recognition, the new passport will use the "iris scan system". The waiting time will be shorter, too, although the department did not unveil the timeframe for issuance of the new passport.

The new passport will be available in both five years and ten years validity, although the latter type will be issued from August onwards, whereas eligible candidates must be of legal age (20 years old, or 17 years old by marriage). The department advised those who do not have immediate travel plans to wait for the 10-year validity version.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

 

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