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  • LEARNING

    Quiet returns to the border

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 20/06/2011

    » The situation has been quiet enough on the Thai-Cambodian border that visitors are now being allowed back to the ancient Ta Muen Thom temple in Surin’s Phanom Dong Rak district.

  • NEWS

    Scholars urge Buddhism body to defrock ex-abbot

    News, Nattaya Chetchotiros, Published on 07/03/2017

    » Buddhist scholars are calling on the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) to initiate a process to have Phra Dhammajayo defrocked after the fugitive monk was stripped of his monastic title.

  • NEWS

    Police endure in prolonged search for monk

    News, Published on 06/03/2017

    » The operation to search for Phra Dhammajayo at Wat Phra Dhammakaya, which has lasted 18 days, is piling up tensions on the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) which is now confronting fierce opposition from supporters of the elusive monk.

  • NEWS

    'Difficult to defrock' Phra Dhammajayo

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 10/03/2017

    » The director of the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) will today ask the Sangha Supreme Council (SSC) to consider whether former Wat Phra Dhammakaya abbot, Phra Dhammajayo, breached the monastic disciplinary code of conduct and should be defrocked.

  • NEWS

    Nominee used in land 'scam'

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 22/12/2016

    » Wat Phra Dhammakaya used a nominee to occupy some of the land plots where its three meditation facilities are located on Phangnga's Yao Noi Island, which encroached on forest land, police say.

  • LEARNING

    Thailand defines Preah Vihear's "vicinity"

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 24/04/2013

    » "Vicinity" is a vague word meaning "the area near a particular place". However, the International Court of Justice wants a precise definition of the "vicinity of Preah Vihear" and Thailand's definition is now ready.

  • NEWS

    The story on the wall

    Life, Tatat Bunnag, Published on 12/04/2019

    » Despite the fact that the whole story of the Thai classic literature Ramakien and its characters Phra Ram, the Monkey King Hanuman or the 10-faced demon Tossakan have been depicted as mural paintings along the surrounding walls at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha since ancient days, not everyone today could claim to know the entire story or remember every character in the epic, derived from the Indian epic Ramayana.

  • NEWS

    His Majesty marks Visakha Bucha Day

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 19/05/2019

    » His Majesty the King assigned Deputy Lord Chamberlain Suphichai Suntharabura to offer royal alms to His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch to celebrate Visakha Bucha Day.

  • OPINION

    Plundered budget

    News, Postbag, Published on 17/05/2019

    » Since the start of the coup and Thailand's dictatorial control, the national budget has been plundered by the military. With so many social pressures supposedly causing the need for a coup, the dictator and his underlings have seen it fit to purchase submarines, tanks, military aircraft, and now Stryker armoured vehicles. How do these expenditures truly serve the people?

  • NEWS

    Cops crack down on criminal monks

    News, Wassayos Ngamkham, Published on 18/02/2019

    » The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) has added a Suphan Buri temple abbot to a list of arrested criminal suspects on Valentine's Day in its latest operation to "purify" Buddhism.

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