Have you attained enlightenment through warmth meditation?

Immersed in a strange world

A gem in the middle of the industrial district

(ua) The center is located in the 2500-inhabitant community between Olten and Aarau, and has been - since the official opening on June 29, 1996 - as the spiritual and cultural center for many thousands of Buddhists and Thais in Switzerland and the surrounding area Countries. Since the wall and ceiling paintings in the temple, carried out by well-known artists from Thailand, have been completed, the flow of visitors has increased again.


Structurally, the third stage was completed in summer 2003. The main religious building, completed within the temple walls in Thai style, was inaugurated on June 28, 2003 by Royal Highness Princess Galayani Vadhana, sister of Rama IX, King Bhumibol Adulyade.

Six monks now live in the 3,401 square meter monastery. In the daily routine of the monastery they are actively supported by the board of trustees, the committee of the Wat Thai association and many lay helpers. With Sunday School, the temple is taking an important step towards religious education and upbringing for the Buddhist community in Switzerland. In addition to the subject of religion, the monks - with the support of lay helpers - teach Thai culture and language. Meditation teaching is also taught in the temple.


The name giver and one of the greatest donors was the mother of the Thai king, after whom the entire complex has now been named. The queen mother died in 1995.


Buddhism - the teaching of the Buddha or the teaching of the enlightened one


Buddhism is a life lesson. Buddhism mainly relates to humans, and its aim is to develop the human mind to such an extent that it recognizes for itself what is really good and bad, right and wrong, reasonable and unreasonable. The main goal of Buddhist teaching is the spiritual well-being of the people and a caring and responsible way of life. Because of its wisdom, Buddhist teaching is easily accessible to all fellow human beings and is used in all situations of human life.


The Buddhist temple has various tasks to fulfill: It should be a place for Buddhist monks, a study center, a place of rest, meditation and Buddhist teaching. In addition, it is supposed to offer support to people seeking help according to the Buddhist principles. But it should also be a center for the maintenance of the Thai language, the Thai tradition and the Thai culture. It is accessible to all people who are interested in Buddhist teaching.


Buddha is not a personal name, but the designation for the great person who has attained enlightenment, that is, who has recognized the real nature of all worlds. All things - in the gross as well as in the subtle realm - are dependent on the law of cause and effect in their creation. They all have the same three characters, namely impermanence, suffering or inadequacy, and lack of property or substance.


The teachings of the Buddha show people a way of gaining knowledge through the practice of meditation. Through meditation the human mind can develop very far, and it will be able to free itself from its thirst for life, from its hatred and from its delusion. Thus he gets an unhindered insight into the true and real nature of all things.


Around 9,000 Thais in Switzerland

The group of Thais in Switzerland is relatively small. Most of them are married to Swiss partners. This also includes the children, some of whom come from these marriages, some of whom were brought to Switzerland by Thai women from previous relationships in Thailand. The task of the monks is to give all people of Thai origin as well as Laotians, Cambodians and Swiss Buddhists religious support, to carry out the necessary ceremonies (births, marriages, honors, initiations and others), to give social and psychological advice (in particular marriage counseling for the Thai and Swiss partners) and to enable the Thais and their children in Switzerland to continue cultivating their cultural and linguistic roots.


Wonderful conclusion


Dr. To have Alfred Höfler as a guide is a gift anyway. He knows how to approach the various religious groups openly and without prejudice, and to see what connects them. His warm and empathetic manner also reached the children, who on the one hand were very well prepared, but on the other hand were also very open and direct. They were enthusiastic and allowed that too. With big eyes and ears, they let themselves be carried away into a world - alien to them - and felt the subtle that came towards them. On the other hand, they were also very happy when they kept finding scenes - in the middle of the splendidly painted main building - where they were able to experience Swiss cultural assets and customs in connection with Asian street scenes. The excursion was really a religious lesson at its finest.