The one and only Garuda Museum in Southeast Asia

The Garuda, a Hindu demigod who is usually depicted as the mount of the Hindu god Vishnu, has a profound connection with Thai society. It has been used as a…

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It takes some courage

If he was wrong about Buddhism and detachment before, Prairie Praiwan has to be right this time, getting out of the closet to become someone he always has been wishing…

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Supreme Patriarch urges all Thais to observe the“Noble Eightfold” paths

His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand has urged all people to observe Samma Sankappa, or the “Noble Eightfold”paths in Buddhist teachings, as a way of life for peace and…

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A Buddhist perspective on social issues

The exposure of scandals in Thailand’s Buddhist clergy, or Sangha, constantly grab the attention of the media and the public. The disappointing behaviour is often contradictory to Buddhists’ expectations, as…

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How a monastery in Nakhon Pathom is breaking barriers to Thailand’s monkhood

“You know, we are not ordained to gain acceptance. That is not our purpose.” A clear statement from The Venerable Dhammananda, the first fully-ordained female monk in Thailand and the…

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Tid Sompong during one of his Facebook live sessions.

Tid Sompong couldn’t stand heat, and made wise choice

Religions adapt, as there were no social media or stock markets in the ancient days and the concepts of human rights and humility were different during the times of Jesus…

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A Buddhist monk lights candles to commemorate Visakha Bucha Day or Vesak Day. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

How come many Buddhist monks do what Lord Buddha renounced?

One possible answer to that question is that the founder of Buddhism had been “there” before his enlightenment, enjoying wealth, power, status, and all kinds of other worldly pleasures including…

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COVID infections among attendees of Buddhist ceremonies under watch

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has expressed concern over new COVID-19 infections among people attending Kathin ceremonies, to present saffron robes to monks in temples, and has advised…

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Controversial Buddhist preacher Phra Maha Praiwan to leave monkhood

One of two controversial monks, Phra Maha Praiwan Worawano, well known for unorthodox preaching, has announced his intention to leave the monkhood after his teacher and mentor, Phra Ratchapanya Suthee,…

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Two ‘celebrity’ monks face House committee over controversial livestream session

Two well-known monks reported to the parliamentary committee on religious, art and cultural affairs today (Thursday), to defend themselves over their controversial Facebook livestream talk show last weekend, which was…

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Walk-A-Tif: Multicultural Society in Bangkok Part 2

Thai society is diverse, people of different faiths live together peacefully. For example, this Charoenkrung neighborhood where the faithful of 3 religions have co-existed for more than a century. Have…

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Monks and novices barred from joining the protest

The director of the National Office of Buddhism, Narong Song-ar-rom, said that the Sangha Supreme Council has issued urgent letters, to the temples around the country, barring monks and novices…

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