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Thai golfers turn to Buddhist meditation

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Pro golf is full of emotional stress, but to be successful you need to be calm and steady. A group of Thai golfers tell the Bangkok Post's Life section that they believe dhamma meditation is the answer. 

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Thai Pro Golfers To The World of Dhamma camp brought together Thailand’s top golfers for lectures and activities dedicated to developing their mental strength through dhamma meditation. Photos by Kanitha Kowhakul.

Mind games

Yvonne Bohwongprasert

Prayad Marksaeng

Pro golfers can use the benefits of dhamma meditation to enable them to have a more positive approach during crunch moments in tournaments. This was the general consensus of participants that attended the Thai Pro Golfers To The World Of Dhamma camp in Krabi recently.

One of the 50 golfers that attended the four days/three nights event, held for the third consecutive year, was 48-year-old veteran pro Prayad Marksaeng. Ranked 33 in the world, the highly successfully sportsman told Life he found meditation a vehicle in which to soothe his nerves during moments in the game that he found himself most vulnerable.

"I found this meditation camp for golfers most useful because it focuses on how golfers can keep calm and collected during deciding moments in the game. I am naturally a calm person, but I have moments during the game that I can easily get frustrated with not being able to control my game plan.

"This is my second time attending this camp. The previous experience I took back with me helped me keep my mind focussed on the task ahead of me. I seemed to putt at crucial moments during the game with a steady hand, and had a more positive mind set when the game was not going my way."

Prayad said this year participants had monks teach them about mind control methods, and ways of self-transformation through self-observation. While senior golfers are more accustomed to managing pressure, he said his younger compatriots

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

face a more daunting time because of lack of match experience. Some get so worked up by missing a crucial putt that they forget that they can still make it up at the next hole. The Thai Pro Golfers To The World Of Dhamma camp has helped them to address this predicament, and some have even gone on to win tournaments because they can now manage their emotional state of mind better.

Young golf talent Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 24, shared the same sentiments. "I have problems controlling my temper when things don't work on the golf course for me. I once broke a club during a tournament because I was not able to make a putt," he said.

Kiradech, who describes himself as a "lukewarm Buddhist", credits the meditation techniques he picked up at this dhamma gathering for his victory in India two years ago. At the time, he recalls how his performance at a handful of tournaments prior to the one in India had made him settle for second and third place, but never first.

"I was so frustrated and disheartened that I was not able to clinch first place despite being so close to doing so. After the first year of attending this camp, I competed in the Sail Open in India, and found to my delight that when I was putting for victory, I was able to keep my composure.

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Vocabulary:

accustomed to: made yourself familiar with new conditions - เคยชินกับ

address: to deal with a problem - จัดการปัญหา

approach: a way of doing or dealing with something; a particular way of doing something or thinking about something - การจัดการกับปัญหา วิธีการทำให้ถึงจุดหมาย

benefit: an advantage you get from a situation; a helpful or good effect, or something intended to help - ผลประโยชน์, ข้อได้เปรียบ, ผลดี

clinch victory: to win a competition -

compatriot: a person who is from the same country as you are - คนชาติเดียวกัน

composure: calmness and control - ความสงบของจิตใจ

consecutive: following one after another in order - ติดต่อกัน

consensus: a generally accepted opinion or decision among a group of people - ความคิดเห็นของคนส่วนใหญ่

credit: to believe or say that somebody/something is responsible for doing something, especially something good - ให้เกียรติ, ยกย่อง, ให้เครดิต

crucial: extremely important because it effects the result of something - สำคัญยิ่ง

crunch: an important, decisive and often unpleasant situation or piece of information - ภาวะวิกฤต, ซึ่งมีลักษณะชี้ขาด

daunting: making somebody feel nervous and less confident about doing something - ทำให้กลัว, ทำให้เกรงขาม, ทำให้กังวลใจ

dedicated: used only for one specific thing - ที่กำหนดใช้ในทางใดทางหนึ่งโดยเฉพาะ

delight: a feeling of great happiness and pleasure - ความปลื้มปิติ

Dhamma: Buddhist teaching, known as the truth taught by the Buddha - ธรรมะ

disheartened: a feeling of disappointment, i.e., that you have lost hope and energy - หมดกำลังใจ,ท้อใจ

emotional: related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - อารมณ์

enable: to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible - ทำให้เป็นไปได้

focus: to give attention, effort, etc. to one particular subject, situation or person rather than another - เพ่งความสนใจ

frustrated: feeling annoyed and impatient because you are prevented from achieving something - ผิดหวัง,ท้อแท้ใจมาก, หงุดหงิดใจ

gathering: an occasion when many people come together as a group - การรวมตัว, การประชุม

handful: a small number or amount - จำนวนน้อย

lukewarm: (1) not interested in or enthusiastic about something - ไม่เต็มใจ,มีความกระตือรือร้นเล็กน้อยor (2) slightly warm. อุ่น, อุ่นพอควร

meditation: the practice of thinking deeply in silence, especially for religious reasons or in order to make your mind calm - การทำสมาธิ, วิปัสสนา

mental: connected with or happening in the mind; involving the process of thinking - เกี่ยวกับจิตใจ

nerves: a worried feeling that makes you afraid that you will not be able to do something well - ความเครียด, ความวิตกกังวล

observation: the process of watching someone or something carefully, in order to find something out - การสังเกต

participant: someone who takes part in something - ผู้เข้าร่วม

performance: the standard to which someone/something does something - การกระทำ, การแสดง, การทำให้บรรลุผลสำเร็จ

positive: in a good way - ในทางบวก

predicament: a difficult or unpleasant situation, especially one where it is difficult to know what to do - สภาพกลืนไม่เข้าคายไม่ออก

pressure: a worried feeling that you get when you have to deal with a difficult or complicated situation - ความกดดัน

prior: before - ก่อนหน้า

rank: to put someone or something into a position according to their success, importance, size etc - จัดลำดับ

recall: to remember - จำได้ นึกทบทวน

recently: not long ago - เมื่อไม่นานมานี้, เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้

senior: with a high rank or position - อาวุโส

sentiment: a thought, opinion or idea based on a feeling about a situation, or a way of thinking about something - กระแส, แนวความคิด, ความคิดเห็น

settle for: to accept someone or something that is not exactly what you wanted because you cannot have what you wanted - ยอมรับ

soothe: to make somebody who is anxious, upset, etc. feel calmer; to make a tense or painful part of your body feel more comfortable - ทำให้สงบ, บรรเทาความเจ็บปวด

state of mind: how someone feels mentally at a particular time สภาพจิต - สภาพจิต

steady: firmly fixed, supported or balanced; not shaking or likely to fall down - มั่นคง

talent: a person with a natural ability to do something well - ผู้ที่มีความสามารถพิเศษ

task: something that you have to do - งาน, หน้าที่; ภารกิจ

technique: a method of doing something using a special skill that you have developed - เทคนิค, กลวิธี (เฉพาะด้าน)

temper: a tendency to get angry very quickly - อารมณ์โกรธ, ความโกรธ

tournament: a competition for teams or single players in which a series of games is played, and the winners of each game play against each other until only one winner is left - การแข่งขัน

transformation: a complete change in somebody/something - การเปลี่ยนรูป,การแปรรูป,การปฎิรูป,การเปลี่ยนสภาพ

vehicle: something that can be used to express your ideas or feelings or as a way of achieving something - เครื่องมือ

veteran: someone who has a lot of experience doing a particular activity - อาวุโส 

victory: winning a competition or a battle - ชัยชนะ

vulnerable: easily damaged or harmed - ซึ่งถูกทำลายได้ง่าย

worked up: very excited or upset about something - อารมณ์ขึ้น

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