Wat Phra Si Sanphet (Temple of the Holy, Splendid Omniscient)* has three chedis or stupas and was the holiest and most importanttemple of Ayutthaya. Our guide translated/described it as the ‘Temple of the Standing Buddha’.
Therevada is the oldest
of the branches of Buddhism, and literally means “The Doctrine of
the Elders”. This is referring to the more senior members of
Buddhism including the Buddha himself.
concerns itself mainly with the scripture that has been passed down
over the years, and focuses heavily on the teaching itself, not the
Like most (if not all)
Buddhist paths, Therevada holds no belief in a higher deity or God,
but instead just preaches mindfulness and compassion.
This branch of Buddhism
is most prominent in Sri Lanka, Burma, Maos and Thailand. This is why
it is sometimes referred to as ‘Southern Buddhism’.
Therevada is what most
would describe as pure Buddhism, as it maintains the closest
resemblance to Buddhism as the Buddha originally founded it. However
that does not mean that the Mahayana school of Buddhism is any worse,
or better. The two compliment each other and serve different purposes
in the Buddhist community.