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The Legacy of Atiśa: A Reflection on Textual, Historical and Doctrinal Developments to Enrich Buddha Dhamma from the Azimuth of Vikramśilā to Modern Era

Sanjoy Barua Chowdhury PhD Candidate at the International Buddhist Studies College (IBSC), Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU), Thailand. Email: sanjoybaruachy@hotmail.com

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Can a female laity be the leader and spiritual teacher of a monastic community?

Ngung Chia Siew (Dr.) M.A. eLearning student, International Buddhist College, Thailand Than Hsiang Buddhist Research Center, Malaysia.

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Over the years, the relationship between sangha and laity has become closer. Laity volunteers are now common in temple activities. Laity are needed to the handle money for the temple as precepts prohibited the sangha from doing so. Nevertheless, the divide between laity and sangha remains clear – i.e. laity provides the sangha material needs while the sangha teaches laity the Dhamma. Laity’s involvement in the sangha affairs remains at the administrative support level.

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Addicted persons – Center Based treatment and Buddhism

Ven. Narong Chaiyatha Ph.D. Candidate, International Buddhist College, Thailand.

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It is an open problem in the global level that the number of addicted persons are growing every day, many governments spend vast resources to eliminate this menace. One of the Buddhist Center in Thailand follow the Buddhist method to cure the addicted patience and now successfully completing its 25th year soon. This center is named as Quality Development of Life Centre (QDLC) and linked with the Department of Probation of the Ministry of Justice and the Dept. of Probation send drug offenders to follow the two months rehabilitation program.

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Topic: Special Features of Thai culture under the Buddhist influences

Mr. Jaroon Chaibao Ph.D. Candidate, International Buddhist College, Thailand. Email: charoon_chaibao@hotmail.com

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Due to long existing of Buddhism in Thailand, Buddhism might play an important role in developing special feature of Thai culture which is attractive and unique. As there are not so many researches on the development of Thai Society under the influences of Buddhism, this leads to the interest to explore this issue. The purpose of this study is to find out how did Buddhism help to develop Thai cultures.
This research is a qualitative research. The data were collected from Thai and English materials. They were studied and analyzed.

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The Best Bedtime Stories for the Kids

Thinzar Kyaw M.A. Student, International Buddhist College, Thailand.

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Buddhism possesses the most effective practices through which to instruct all human beings how to live in society peacefully, happily and harmoniously. The best guidance comes from the teachings of the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. A useful source to guide such practices are the jātakas. As one part of his teachings, these are presented as reproaches on his disciples’ wrongdoings. In this paper, I will propose the use of jātakas as bedtime stories through which to build a firm Buddhist foundation in the minds of children.

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