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Short history of Thai culture
Overview of Thailand forests and terrestrial ecosystems
Spirit in the Tree; animism and the first protectors of the forest
Background on the Buddhism and nature conservationists
Buddha and the Boddhi Tree (Ficus religiosa)
Ordination of Trees in Thailand
The Forest Monks
The future of conservation in Thailand
Conclusion / Lessons from the Journey
Temple Trees of Thailand
Greetings and welcome to Temple Trees of Thailand! This site explores the theme of trees on Buddhist temple grounds in Thailand. We pursue and fuse three main subjects:
- Spirituality. The history of Buddhism, its effect on life perspective and human conduct. The power of Buddhism and message of compassion. The importance of trees in Buddhism and on temple grounds.
- Culture. Thai culture emergence and in context with other great civilizations and the ecosystems that support them. The tree and forest in Thai culture, history, and modern times; the blend of Buddhism, trees and conservation in Thailand.
- Conservation. The dilemma of modernization and forest destruction. The need for tree conservation in Thailand and elsewhere; the lessons temple trees and sacred sites in general have to offer the human prospect.
A Conservation Education Website
Protecting and preserving Thailand's cultural history and spiritual tradition includes respect for natural history and conservation of biological heritage. In fact they can all support and enrich each other. As a tool for environmental education, we believe this nexus has much to offer, wherever trees and the idea of the sacred can be found. Join us and enjoy. We welcome your feedback and encourage your own exploration of how trees, culture and spirit come together.