An Integration of Thai Buddhist Monk Social Norms: Preventions and Solutions

By Phra Suthee Srichumseang, Kla Somtrakool and Ying Keeratiburana.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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This research aimed to study the historical background of Buddhist monks in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, examine the current circumstances and problems of Buddhist monks, and integrate the social norms of ordained Buddhist monks for the prevention of self-indulgence and corruption among Buddhists. Data were collected by observation, survey, interview, workshop, and focus group discussion. Collected data were validated using the triangulation method. The validated results were then assessed by a descriptive analysis. The research results revealed that the temples and perimeter examined in Bangkok had been built and developed with the local communities. People wishing to be ordained as monks must be brought to the abbot of a local temple by their father, mother, relatives, sub-district chief, and community leader. They must then ask for permission to be ordained and be prepared for training and learning the scripture and holy Buddhist precepts. They are guided through their ordination by a senior mentor. Once graduated as a monk, some do not perform their duties with the necessary discipline and rigor. For this reason, steps must be taken to ensure that Buddhist monks remain faithful to their duties. Three guidelines are required for the integration of norms in Buddhist monks for preventing and solving Buddhist decadence issues: lifestyle, tradition, and law. Related religious and government institutions may use the findings of this research to prevent and solve Buddhist decadence issues in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces.

Keywords: Buddhism, Decadence, Integration, Monks, Prevention

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2017, pp.69-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 9, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 319.732KB)).

Phra Suthee Srichumseang

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Cultural Science, Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham, Thailand

Dr. Kla Somtrakool

Lecturer, Faculty of Cultural Science, Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham, Thailand

Dr. Ying Keeratiburana

Lecturer, Faculty of Cultural Science, Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham, Thailand