Buddhism as Part of the People in Koh Tao
People Of Koh Tao
Koh tao is a fairly recently inhabited island with the first group of people migrating here in 1947 and others arriving mostly from Koh Phangan. The registered population is 1,788 people, recorded in 2010, but the amount of people that actually live here is around 7,000.
The majority of people here is from southern Thailand and so use the local southern dialect. Most of the population resides in the three villages of Mae Haad, Sairee and Chalok Baan Kao. Many people from around the world find Koh Tao as a new home where they find their happiness far away from where they come from.
“Consideration” means to think of another’s feelings and to avoid offending. Hospitality is part of the nature of Thai people, who are also friendly, generous and love to help others. They are naturally good hosts and at mealtimes will always invite friends or guests that visit or pass by to join them in a meal together. Many people who have settled on the island have left the busy world behind to enjoy a more simple life and are very happy to be here.
95% of Thailand’s population are Buddhist, with 4% Muslim and 1% being of other faiths. The foundation of Buddhism is a principle which aims to extinguish ‘Dukkha’ (suffering and imperfection), by truly knowing and seeing clearly that there is no self, egoism and nothing belonging to ‘a self’. Nothing whatsoever should be clung to, there is merely the body and the mind which are nothing but natural processes. Buddhism also follows the logic that one can gain and have thorough knowledge by oneself without having to follow others.
Buddhists go to temple to ‘make merit’ every full and new moon. In the mornings, along the main roads, it is a common sight to see the monks receiving alms from the Thai community.
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