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Meditation kept Thai boys trapped in cave astonishingly calm

11 July 2018 01:40 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The twelve Thai boys and their football coach who were trapped in a cave in Thailand got through the ordeal by practising meditation, family members have said, the London Evening Standard today reported.

According to a mother of one of the boys, the team was meditating in the widely shared video of their discovery by two British divers.

“Look at how calm they were sitting there waiting. No one was crying or anything. It was astonishing,” she told the Associated Press.

The coach who was rescued from the cave on Tuesday, trained as a Buddhist monk for 12 years before he decided to coach the Wild Boars soccer team.

“He could meditate up to an hour,” said his aunt, Tham Chanthawong. “It has definitely helped him and probably helps the boys to stay calm.”

The coach and 12 school boys became trapped in the Tham Luang Cave complex after it flooded on June 23.

The team was then left trapped in the cave for more than two weeks before they were led to safety by rescue divers.

A rescue mission to save the boys ended on Tuesday after all twelve of the football team and their coach were successfully freed from the cave.

  Comments - 11

  • max Wednesday, 11 July 2018 02:15 PM

    Power of medication! Well done boys!

    BN Wednesday, 11 July 2018 05:59 PM

    Its not mediCation but mediTation

    Thanos Wednesday, 11 July 2018 02:19 PM

    Deep meditation also reduces oxygen consumption. Humans don't hibernate (like e.g.bears) but the effects of deep meditation are somewhat similar. This conserves oxygen in addition to multiple effects on the brain. It seems Thai's are a lot more into the practical aspects of Buddhism compared to SL.

    Jesus Wednesday, 11 July 2018 02:28 PM

    Enough with this cave story in Sri Lanka we hav burning problems with the economy DM please look into those matters. Buddhist monk with children in a cave.Lol

    Unchikun Wednesday, 11 July 2018 02:39 PM

    Now, this is what the Buddhist philosophy all about. No colored thread around ones had or chanting. I was educated at Buddhist school in Sri Lanka and we where thought the same as the Wild Bores coach. I am so happy.

    Zubaida Wednesday, 11 July 2018 02:45 PM

    Would appreciate if the Thai government could release a photo of the rescued boys and the coach in hospital. Don't you think we deserve atleast that after the emotional trauma we (the whole world) went through.

    Adam Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:30 AM

    No we don't deserve

    sigiriya Wednesday, 11 July 2018 03:08 PM

    I wish all Buddhist Monks would meditate and keep calm

    Sharon Wednesday, 11 July 2018 05:00 PM

    Nothing supersedes the power of Mind. It is the teachings of the Supreme lord Buddha... Sadu, Sadu, Sadu....

    SL in KSA Wednesday, 11 July 2018 05:27 PM

    Kudos to the international rescue teams that worked tirelessly to achieve this mammoth task, and my respects to the family members of the retired Navy SEAL who lost his life during the effort.

    Naresh Friday, 13 July 2018 04:36 AM

    What rubish. They were given sedatives

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