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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What about Wat?

The Victory of Buddha   (Public Domain)
In Thailand, “wat” means “temple.”   "Wat Thamkrabok" literally means “Temple of the Bamboo Cave.”

This Buddhist temple has become a refuge for addicts attempting to kick the drug habit.  Monk Jeremy, who successfully underwent treatment there three years ago, vouches for its effectiveness.  He states:  Here we have a particular way to practice Buddhism, and it fits very well with the treatment of drug addiction.

The treatment routine includes such things as herbally induced vomiting, meditation, semi-isolation, manual labor, steam baths, table tennis and weight lifting.

Some come as a last resort.  Henry, a British heroin addict who had tried “several traditional rehab clinics” before arriving at Wat Thamkrabok, explained:  For many of us here, this is our last chance.


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