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Thailand is one of the most strongly Buddhist countries
in the world. The national religion is Theravada Buddhism, a branch of
Hinayana Buddhism, practiced by more than 90 % of all Thais.
The remainder of the population adheres to lslam, Christianity, Hinduism
and other faiths - all of which are allowed full freedom of expression.
Buddhism continues to cast strong influence on daily life. Senior monks
are highly revered. Thus, in towns and villages, the temple (wat) is the
heart of social and religious life.
Meditation, one of the most popular aspects of Buddhism, is practiced
regularly by numerous Thai as a means of promoting inner peace and happiness.
Visitors, too, can learn the fundamentals of this practice at several
centres in Bangkok and elsewhere in the country.
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