When spirituality used in Thai politics

Monks play an important role in spiritual and social aspects of Thailand. Remembering the incidents of a monk, a co-leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has left many confused about the role of religious “neutral” people of the cloth. Extracts from Reuters’ 1st March article: A young Thai man and woman are on […]

Prayers, Peace and Prosperity: Phra That Na Dun

Phra That Na Dun: Buddhist Park of Isan: Phra That is in the area that once was an ancient town called Champasi. Many archaeological artifacts were found and are now kept in Khon Kaen National Museum. The most significant items found was the stupa housing relic of the Lord Buddha kept in gold, silver, and […]

Paying respects to the late Supreme Patriarch of Thailand

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has led her cabinet ministers to Bowonniwet Vihara Monastery to pay respect to the late Supreme Patriarch.  PM Yingluck, along with her cabinet team, yesterday performed a merit-making ceremony at Phra Tamnak Petch in Wat Bowonniwet Vihara to express her gratefulness to His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of […]

Prayers for an admired Thai monk

The Supreme Patriarch, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Somdet Phra Sangharaja, passed away October 24, 2013 at the age of 100. Chulalongkorn Hospital said His Holiness died of a blood infection at 7:30 pm, and has been ill since February 20, 2002. His Holiness was the head of the Buddhist monks in Thailand. The Office of Yingluck […]

Laos, Thailand: Traditions of offering prayers and alms

Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong is welcomed by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The two leaders met at Thailand’s Nong Khai province at a Buddhist traditional ritual by offering prayers and alms to monks. The practice is traditional of both communities in Lao and Thailand.   Recommended Read: Photos taken in Nong Kai  

Thailand’s Emergency Decree in the Deep South

The Cabinet has decided to extend the enforcement of the Executive Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations in the three southern border provinces for another three months, from 20 September to 19 December 2013. The decision covers all districts in Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat provinces, except Mae Lan district in Pattani. The Internal Security […]

Offering prayers to Somdet Kiaw

Yingluck Shinawatra and her Government officials paid their respect and offered prayers to the shrine of Somdet Kiaw who passed away on August 10 at the age of 85. The revered Buddhist monk was born on March 3, 1928 in Koh Samui district of Surat Thani province.  

Money Laundering and Sex Scandal of a Monk

Thailand’s Khantitham Forest Monastery is facing tough times.  It’s abbot, Luang Pu Nenkham Chattigo, has been barred from transferring money out his bank accounts by Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO). The 34-year-old monk has been attracting attention ever since a video of him flying a private jet while wearing aviator sunglasses, carrying a Louis Vuitton bag went viral last month. […]

Homage to the Sri Lanka Temples

Yingluck Shinawatra visited the Deepaduttaramaya in Kotahena which is the first Siamese temple to be established in Sri Lanka in 1885. Members of the Maha Sangha led by the Chief Incumbent of the temple Ven. Waskaduwe Mahindawansa Thera invoked blessings on the Thai Premier.  

Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Thailand

Fertility of Crops His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on Sunday, May 12, was delegated by His Majesty the King to represent him at the state ceremony of Phuetchamonkhon Jarod Phranangkan Raek Na Khwan (พืชมงคลจรดพระนังคัลแรกนาขวัญ), better known to foreigners as the Royal Ploughing Ceremony. The Sunday ceremony which preceeded the actual royal ploughing ceremony […]

Yingluck at Wat Phra Singh

Yingluck Shinawatra visiting Wat Phra Singh Woramahaviharn (Buddhist temple) in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. Wat Phra Singh is located in the western part of the old city centre of Chiang Mai, which is contained within the city walls and moat. The main entrance, which is guarded by Singhs (lions), is situated at the end of the main street (Rachadamnoen road) of […]

A Buddhist Worship: Wat Phra That Phanom

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra presided over the auspicious annual worship and ceremony at a northeastern province in Thailand. She visited Wat Phra That Phanom in Nakhon Phanom province. For more pix, click here. TQ ka.  

Santi Asoke Consorting With Pitak Siam

Santi Asoke is a deviant group of self-proclaimed monks. They showed their support for anti-democracy by participating in the Nov 24 rally organized by Pitak Siam. Their right in associating themselves with any organization must be acknowledged but that in itself is a self-defeating act of being impartial, as Pitak Siam is a neo-fascist group […]