When people think of Asia and religion, Buddhism is usually what comes to the forefront of most people’s minds. What many don’t always realize is that there are a different schools of thought within Buddhism. Zen Buddhism is pretty widely known, but the two sects that I’ve become familiar with through my travels are a bit less widely known. So, I’d like to explore some of the similarities and differences between Theraveda and Mahayana Buddhism.
While I was in Luang Prabang, Laos, there was a handicraft festival going on. There were dozens of booths of handicrafts from all over. However, in addition to the handicrafts, there was also a stage showcasing cultural performances. The evening I was there, I got to see a variety of dance performances. Some of them are quite similar to the traditional dances I’ve seen in Thailand. But, there were also some b-boys that were pretty good.
Since it’s bpit term, it’s the best time to take an extended vacation. I decided to take a two week trip into Thailand’s ASEAN neighbor, Laos. I read about being able to take a boat ride down the Mekong River from Chiang Rai to the UNESCO Heritage City, Luang Prabang. The trip takes two days, and has beautiful views along the river. Check it out!