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Thailand is one of the most strongly Buddhist countries in the world. The national religion is Theravada Buddhism, a branch of Hinayana Buddhism, practiced by more than 90 % of all Thais.

The remainder of the population adheres to lslam, Christianity, Hinduism and other faiths
all of which are allowed full freedom of expression. Buddhism continues to cast strong influence on daily life. Senior monks are highly revered. Thus, in towns and villages, the temple (wat) is the heart of social and religious life. Meditation, one of the most popular aspects of Buddhism, is practiced regularly by numerous Thai as a means of promoting inner peace and happiness. Visitors, too, can learn the fundamentals of this practice at several centres in Bangkok and elsewhere in the country.

Meditation Centres
Some temples and meditation centres in and near Bangkok :
Association for the Science of Creative Intelligence ,
Ratchapark Building 18/F, 163 Sukhumvit Soi 21, Bangkok 10110.
Tel : (662) 258-3242, (662) 258-3257

House of Dhamma
26/9 Soi Chompol, Lardprao Soi 15, Bangkok 10900
Tel : (662) 511-0439 Fax : (662) 512-6083

Thailand Meditation Center , The World Fellowship of Buddhist
616 Soi Methi Nivet (Sukhumvit 24) Bangkok 10110
Tel : (662) 661-1284, to 1290
Young Buddhist Association of Thailand (For age 13-25 yrs.)
58/8 Phetkasem 54 (Soi Thipniyom 2), Bangduan, Pha Si Charoen, Bangkok
Tel : (662) 413-3131, (662) 413-1706, (662) 413-1958, (662) 805-0790 to 0794
Fax : (662) 413-3131

Buddhist Association of Thailand
41 Phra Athit Road Bangkok
Tel : (662) 281-9563 - 4 Fax : (662) 281-9563

The International Buddhist Meditation Center (IBMC)
Wat Mahathat, Tha Phrachan, Bangkok 10200
Tel : (662) 222-2835, (662) 623-6325

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