» 11/04/2015, 00.00
Bangkok: monks leading a Buddhist extremist movement for a confessional state
Inspired by fundamentalist groups in neighbouring Myanmar, Thai Buddhists want to incorporate Buddhism as state religion in Thailand’s new constitution. Ethnocentrism and fears of Muslim encroachment are behind the demand. Since 2004, sectarian clashes in the south of the country have claimed 6,500 lives.
Buddhism the state religion, a “useless and dangerous” proposal
Monks hold protests, urging the Constitutional Assembly to recognise Buddhism as the national religion, “to preserve and improve the profession the faith”. The population, politicians and religious, maintain that the proposal is both useless and dangerous and warn: “it could aggravate tensions in the South”.
Thai Buddhist monks promote activities to attract the faithful to temples
94% of Thais are Buddhist but only a small percentage attend places of worship. For the feast of Asalhabucha, which recalls the first sermon of Buddha, the religious leaders call for prayer, meditation and living the monastic experience for one day.
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Smart ID card for Buddhist monks
The government measure is due to the high number of ethical and legal abuses involving monks. In recent years, there have been several cases of misappropriation of government funds in temples. The government has announced the new measure to three members of the Sangha Supreme Council. The new papers are expected “in three months,” a senior Thai government official said.
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Thai Muslim leader calls for learning from other religions to build peace
The Department of Religious Affairs organised an inter-faith forum that brought together leaders of major religions. According Abdulau Nhumsuks, a member of the Bangkok Islam Association, the idea that learning the teachings of other faiths is a sin “is old-fashioned and incorrect”.
Thai society rediscovers the values of the Buddha to combat materialism and economic crisis
In June, the celebrations were held for 2600 years of illumination of the "awakened". In a conference, hundreds of faithful, monks and nuns discuss the value of faith and the challenges of modernity. The risks of globalization, promoting an education system capable of forming good citizens.
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