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Hi people keep giving me little pendants of Buddha, I have one on my chain around my neck but Thai lady said I shouldn't put on bracelet, was just wondering why?

Second question how do you praise Buddha out loud in English? Chok dee?

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For Thais, the lower parts of the body are considered "unclean." That's why you don't point your feet at people. Since a Buddha image is sacred, you only put an amulet round your neck, not on a bracelet or in your back pocket.

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You are not supposed to 'praise' Buddha

Follow the Dharma...yes.

I've never seen a bracelet pendant here...as said, hang around the neck

It won't lead to you to enlightenment though.biggrin.png

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You are not supposed to 'praise' Buddha

Follow the Dharma...yes.

I've never seen a bracelet pendant here...as said, hang around the neck

It won't lead to you to enlightenment though.biggrin.png

People wear it around their neck as a sign of respect, reminder or good luck, not necessarily for enlightenment. Or maybe for publicity too if they hang it outside the shirt, like other religion.

Enlightenment needs knowledge and practice.

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For Thais, the lower parts of the body are considered "unclean." That's why you don't point your feet at people. Since a Buddha image is sacred, you only put an amulet round your neck, not on a bracelet or in your back pocket.

I find it silly to show off any religious item or design on the body so I keep my in my bag. My friend who presented it to me don't like it and said I don't respect it and it will not being me the good effects that it's supposed too.

I told him I don't believe in supernatural effects and I am happy keeping it in my bag and I can still benefit from the placebo effects, especially when travelling.

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I keep amulets people give me but i don't wear them or carry them. The author and Buddhist John Blofeld wrote how he had had terrible nightmares all his life until a Tibetan monk gave him an amulet to put under his pillow at night and a mantra to chant. He never had nightmares again. This is the "power of suggestion" IMO, but it is interesting the way the human mind works.

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Simply put, it's placebo effects; just like belief in any god or religion. It will work for a believer, but it will not work for a non-believer.

If to be understood in details, it may involve the spirits/soul/ghost that caused the nightmare. When a person believed that no spirits will disturb him(since he has the amulets), his belief will cause him not to "sense" those things. Scientifically, they are of different wavelength now(since he now believe those things will not get near.

This is the same reason that someone who don't believe in Gods or ghosts will not "encounter" them, and believers do. Same like some people who believed in God and claimed they see god or believe God talked them.

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Around neck is best.....If on wrist.... certainly not the wrist of the hand you clean yourself with when using hand held "bidet". 

For sure not below waist level..      I've seen westerners...usually young people in their late teens or twenties or early thirties with a tattoo of Buddha on the calf of their leg. Ignorant and insulting.

   ....You can actually be arrested and fined and kicked out of Myanmar/Burma for that. 

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