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    Feet of clay

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 19/08/2019

    » Late last month, many Buddhist followers in Thailand were delighted with the news that four phra farang, or Western monks, were granted samanasak or honorary ecclesiastical titles by HM the King.

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    Pitfalls on the path toward enlightenment

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 18/06/2018

    » Money is a tantalising thing, coveted by many. But worldly goods can pose a threat to those who are called to a higher order. The seven ex-monks from three famous Bangkok temples who were in the media limelight over the weeks are no exception.

  • OPINION

    A paragon of virtues

    News, Postbag, Published on 31/12/2017

    » As Pliny the Younger noted, "Example [is] the surest method of instruction."

  • OPINION

    BMA's Mahakan mess

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/01/2017

    » It is with deep disappointment that we have read Peerawat Jariyasombat's strangely ill-informed article, "A lesson in development" (BP, Jan 16, 2017). In a move that seems calculated to pander to the greed of developers rather than nurture the human resources represented by local populations, Khun Peerawat hails the efforts of Korean authorities to replace an existing population with an artist colony, but says nothing about the fate of the original residents.

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    A talisman called mindfulness

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 06/01/2016

    » Besides resolutions to exercise more, smoke less and get better organised, another most discussed New Year topic is about the inauspicious year or what's known amongst Thais as <i>pee chong</i>.

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