Buddhist Economics and the Great Resource - Self-sufficiency Education (มูลนิธิสร้างสรรค์เด็ก)

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Buddhist Economic and the Great Resource - "Self-sufficiency Education". A Case Study of the Foundation for the Better Life of Children (FBLC) Klong 3, Rangsit.

Montra Leoseng

Saturday 17 March 2012

As we already know that education is very important but when put economics into perspective, education becomes even more important as one resource of production in the present day. To understand more about the linkages between Buddhist Economics and education, we then scheduled a field trip to the Foundation for the Better Life of Children, Klong 3, Rangsit on Saturday the 17th of March 2012.  

The field study of Buddhist Economics and the Great Resource – Self-sufficiency Education aims at examining how Buddhist education as the resource of the modern era can promote the well-being.

It will provide an opportunity to the learner to explore different concepts in local context including

  1. Self-reformation to integrate oneself to many aspects of being,

  2. Balancing the advancement of science and the wisdom of indegeneity,

  3. Cultivation of mindfulness i.e., meditation and precepts

  4. Self-realization; wisdom, ethic and concentration

  5. Life science,

  6. Culture of peace that leads to the knowledge building,

  7. Small is beautiful that is related to self sufficiency and sustainability, and

  8. Healthy communities i.e., social ties and communication.

The Foundation for the Better Life of Children, Klong 3, Rangsit is responsible for 69 orphans at the age of 7 – 15 years old.

Phra Maha Jamorn Wongpromma from Watmahathat Bangkaen has introduced this place to us and also kindly gave any assistance that may need to ensure the smooth collaboration between the two organizations within a short time. We should like to pay a great respect to him for his sincerity to support our learning.

All the arrangement for this trip has been made in rush too as we are approaching the end of the term in the next few days. It is possible because of Ajarn Duangdee from MCU and we thank him deeply for his kindness and enormous support.


   Ajarn Duangdee at Ayodara Floating Market, Ayutthaya


Group work: A group of 5 members develops a set of questions to interview the children and the caretakers. The learners will also design different learning activities to educate children within 15 minutes including presentation slides/video, play, game, tales, singing and dancing. They are:

Group I: Present a song “twingle twingle twingle” and ‘hand and leg” video - to teach children about "viriya dharma"

Group II: Way of Buddhist life (Dharma talk on gratitue and Patience by Phra Suvinaya)

Group III: Video “Self-reliance and moral story”

Group IV: Video “Relation between young generation and their parent” – kusaladharma

Group V: Video about “brain” – wisdom dharma

Dharma Talk by Phra Suvinaya Bhikku from Bangladesh

A song from Nong Not to thank us.

Jino from India was delivering milk for children

Milk, Chocolate bars and food stuff that monk students insisted me to help them find a supermarket to buy it for children. They collected money from the members totalling nearly THB1,900. We spent about 1,300 and the remaining was given for the donation.


I jumped into the scene to take photo with my students after the group presentation. Phra Ashin Yaw from Myanmar also brought several Burmese dishes for children. They enjoyed eating quite a lot.



Q&A sessions

I worked as the translator for Kru Lek and my students


09.00              Leaving MCU
11.00              Arrival at the Foundation for the Better Life of Children Klong 3 11.00 – 11.30 Overview of the Foundation and self-reliance approach 
11.30 – 12.15 Luncheon together with orphans and sharing the cultural dishes
12.15 – 13.15 Presentation on Learning Buddhist Economics                                      13.15 – 14.30 Questions and Answers Session                                                                          14.30 – 15.30 Leaving the Foundation to Ayutthaya                                        15.30 – 16.30 "Buddhist Economics in Daily Life" survey at floating market
16.30 – 17.30 Leaving Ayodara Floating Market to MCU


The mini discussion forum on a move to exchange views, news, impressions and particularly fresh knowledge with students along the way.

I keep asking and leaving a microphone in hands of each student to share their ideas and feelings.

They paid a full attention on each and every issues that I brought up.


Talking all the time to awake the learners.

In front of Ayodara floating market in Ayutthaya

A short brief during a survey

Annex I: Points of Discussion

Group I
Group members: Phra Ankaching Marma, Phra Ashin Nyanika, Phra Ashin Visuddha, Venerable Tram Van Hung, Phra Achariya

1. How can Sunday school help students to develop morality?
2. What is the main purpose of education according to your ideas?
3. How can parents guide their children for self-realization and self- reformation based on Buddhist wisdom?
4. What are the benefits of cultivating of Buddhist mindfulness and precepts?
5. Who are responsible persons for promotion of education.

Group II
Group members: Phra Ashin Pannalinkara, Phra Ashin Aggacara, Venerable Rubel Barua, Venerable Suvinaya Bhikkhu, Venerable Kim Tai

1. What is the benefit of researching at this school?
2. How the teachers instruct their students to develop skills?
3. What is purpose to learn Buddhist culture?
4. How do students guide to be tame according to Buddhism?
5. How do students think about meditation?
6. How Buddhism can be fulfill for modern life?
7. Do you think students are interesting in Buddhism or meditation?
8. What is your perspective to lead right understanding (Sammatiti)?

Group III
Group Members: Phra Piya Rakkhit, Venerable Upekkha Pal Sraman, Venerable Bipulalankar Sraman, Phra Nagasen, Mr. Jino

1. What system of earning is utilized? Do you apply any Buddhist concepts? – Piya Rakkhit
2. How to use Buddhist knowledge and modern science (give some examples) simultaneously for well-being in your community? – Piya Rakkhit
3. How to maintain morality in society through the application of Buddhist education? – Jino
4. How to apply Buddhist education for the development of self-reliance economy? – Jino
5. What are the benefits you have learnt to live a peaceful life in society and family? Nagasena
6. Do you think you can live a happy life with a sufficient income? – Nagasena

Group IV
Group members: Venerable Kim Mai Linh, Venerable Kim Tung, Venerable Quoc Phong Tran, Venerable Kaung Swee U Marma, Venerable Candima

1. How do practice about Buddhist education?
2. What people understand about life of science?
3. Do you know about wisdom?
4. Why do we need to have a healthy life?
5. How western look at Buddhist people as a Buddhist Micro- economic?
6. How to use Buddhist as a modern of Psychology and modern of Economic?
7. What is the difference of the theory of wisdom between Buddhist and western?
8. What is the mention of Buddhist show to the develop of environment and develop the modern of world peace?

Group V
Group members: Venerable Suman Sraman, Phra Ashin Gandhasara, Venerable Prajnanda Sraman, Venerable Satyapiya Bhikkhu and Mr. Lham Tsering Tejo

1. Do you agree that communication play a great role in development of economy? Please share your ideas.
2. Which principles of Buddhism lead to the development of your economy from the following?
3. Compassion
4. Equanimity
5. Sharing Etc.
6. How the cultivation of mindfulness helps to increase economy?
7. What do you think to apply five precepts into economy for development?
8. How do we contain of the growth the money as the Buddhist macro-economic?
9. What is the activity of communication in Buddhist micro-economic?
10. Is there any problem in educating your children? if so how are you going to solve them ?

It was a great trip for all

It was a great trip for all of us: smiley





ID: 5201201093




Flood-market of Buddhist economics in Thailand

Flood-market of Thailand is a park of economic of people here then it is a large tourism for people other countries come and sightseeing. Around and centre of market there are land rout, water rout, bright rout and shopping favorable for people go and back buying and relax.

                            Figure: 1 tourist people

Beside that the people here are usually opening the mind and have purification with the Buddhism although they are selling with a small shop can be said that they have some money a little but they believe and respect to the Buddhism like l saw it:

                                            Figure: 2 the monks chanting

When the monks are walking around the market, the people in the market invited monks come into the house and they donated food or something to the monks, this is a wonderful thing of Buddhist economic because in Buddhism there are some other people usually give different ideal about Buddhist economics, it is right or wrong I’m not sure. But my ideal, Buddhist economics not only we can speak or we can do by ourselves but also we must have mind as well, if we speak good, we do good but our mind think not good it is not ok and it is also not Buddhist economics as well, like some monks are speech Dhamma but they no have mind to think happiness to other human-being it is also not benefit they just remember Dhamma and speech only. So the people in the flood-market they do like this, it is very good because they didn’t think that the monks are walking or tourist, just only they saw the monks who ordained in Buddhism they invited monks come into the house and donate to them according body, speech and mind of purification .      




I’m sorry to teacher

The page l send to you It is not ok, so l come back and try to fish my report because last time l have so many assignments so l forgot your sudject.

    Ven. Kim Tai   ID.



Ven. Kim Tai   ID. 5201201094

 Q. What do you think to apply five precepts into economy for development?


For in this issue and  for sharing some idea into between what the buddha’s teaching relation to economic in daily life of human being , with how apply the buddha’s teaching like five precept it is a basic of level of training for the buddist lay people whle they have take place for practices in their life  but some Buddhist or non-buddhist not sure or clearly how to practices following  five precepts for getting merit or benefit from right practices insight right way it is gives means the basic training is morality ( sila )

Livelihood for Economic

In the Noble Eightfold are have moral conduct is first levels of training or development of mind to be come right correct of action owning self so morality or sila have three point are :

1.         Right Speech

2.         Right Action,

3.         Right Livelihood

 is part of the "moral conduct" section of the Path. These three folds of the Path are connected to the Five Precepts. These are:

Not killing

Not stealing

Not misusing sex

Not lying

Not abusing intoxicants

This is one of part in moral conduct of these three folds but also here will only say some feature about means livelihood relation to economics following the right way which must do in the present time and getting in the way of correct such as livelihood :

Right Livelihood is, first, a way to earn a living without compromising the Precepts. It is a way of making a living that does no harm to others. In the Vanijja Sutta (this is from the Sutra-pitaka of the Tripitaka), the Buddha said, "A lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five?  1.Business in weapons, 2.business in human beings, 3.business in meat, 4.business in intoxicants, and 5.business in poison."

These are five types should not following  if we sould be do its maybe wrong acts leading to wrong way which arising by wrong think own self so here called  wrong livelihood and it may bring problem to society of human being and influence unhappy not peace in the world but if they are abstain from the five types with skill on practices of right livelihood may getting and bring benefit more then can lead about peaceful or happy into society of human being furthermore they have make a good gift are big happy to of all human in this world called saving world and human living being .



The Educational Tour was a

The Educational Tour was a very successful one and we have learnt diverse aspects of  buddhist ecomonics inclduing the Thai way of living following buddhist principles. I Just tried to share what I haev explored during our field trip ! 


Buddhist economics exclude all the economical activities that involves improper earning to gain material benefits and include a proper and right livelihood which will not only develop human society materially, but also spiritually and will ensure a healthier society for the present and future generation bringing a strong social bondage among different individuals, groups, communities, societies, and the entire human nation that prevails on earth. Being Buddhist, we should try to promote the Buddhist principles to develop our economical life as it is the one and only way that ensures our future sustainability.

Observing the economical activities of the Orphanage, situated at Nakon Nayok province, I have noticed that many of Buddhist principles are being in practiced to run the organization. As one of the teacher explained, the institute has their principles of

1.      Self sufficiency

2.      Self reliance

3.      Moderation in food supply

4.      Supply parental love

5.      Teaching the students to depend on their own

6.      Non-profit organization (Employees work to promote a healthier Thai nation)

7.      Increasing vegetable farms reducing farms of domestic animals

8.      Three main principles to maintain and develop a strong relationship among the members

a.       Honesty

b.      Abstain from lies

c.       Spread loving kindness to all equally

9.      Public donation

10.  Supply mental well-beings (supply with games, love, no hard punishment, give them time to explore themselves and learn from their mistakes)


The floating market is one of amazing commercial places, I believe, as a really difficult task to indentify the Buddhist economic principles. As Tejo has claimed, sustainability, right effort and self reliance can be seen in that area. The quicker recovery of flooding damages at the floating market shows that they have self confidence and put their effort in recovering themselves and it helps them to recover their poverty that might have caused by the flood. Most of the sellers in the market use right livelihood as they mostly sell the products that are hand-made and do not involves in harming oneself or others, though we can see some of the shops sell the products that are prohibited in Buddhism. Most of the sellers use textile products and food supplies which are beneficial for the sellers and consumers equally and do not involves in harming oneself and others. Quality of helping others and generosity also noticed as people there helped  to arrange seats for the monks and they all warmly welcomed monks to visit the place and see around helping monks to learn outside the temple areas. People are well mannered and do not harm the nature in any means. The water body, situated around, is not polluted and surrounding of the market is also clean and tidy. It is really hard to maintain such clean and pure environment in such a locality where so many people stay together. In the world of competition in business world we can still notice that people, in some extend, try to maintain some of Buddhist economic principles and this may be the reason of true influence of Buddhism which plays the dominant role as a religion in the entire country.

First of all i would like to

First of all i would like to thank Ajarn for arranging this trip for us. From the tour, i have learned many things and plus the colorful memories added to my life during my stay in Thailand. I enjoyed it alot :)

Actually i was impressed by orphanage foundation on adoptation of self-reliance and suffiency economy which was developed by the King of Thailand. I think self-reliance is the natural and universal model that is even applicable in time of crisis. In the rapid growth of urbanization we totally depend on money. I dont know what will happen to people who depend on money when the money becomes valueless. It is only self-reliance that can be useful model in time of crisis. So modern education also should promote students to be self-reliant which can be taught through vocational education.

On the behalf of the group 1, i would discuss the findings for the above five questions.

The foundation adopts certain principles to sustain its progress. Some of principles are discussed here.

1. The first one is teaching of morality to the children. According to interview, they are taken to religious ceremony like on the full moon day of magha puja day and the kids are also taught to be self-disciplined which is the  main point of morality; being self-discipline.  The kids are taught to behave like brother and friend to each other. The apparent example is after the quarell or fight they have to hug or handshake to each other.

2. The purpose of education is to unfold the hidden skills and potentials. The pontentialities are brought out by teaching them to work in the farmings.

3. The teachers of the foundation dont beat the kids right away because of their mistakes instead they first teach them what is right thing to do and not to do. This is one of the effective techniques to build children self-reformation.

4. The foundation not only takes responsible of feeding the kids but they also take duties to make them good citizens. As i have seen from the poster on the wall, it also has programme to admit those kids in the buddhist monastic community for sometime in order to learn the buddhist cultures and mindfulness practice.


Thank you

Ankaching Marma

  Thoughts of Buddhist


Thoughts of Buddhist Education and Economics from the education tour.

Priyarakkhit sraman, ID: 5201201082

There are many things that I have learnt from the educational tour on Saturday, March 17th . I must admit that I was happy to have gone and known about the orphanage.

The introductory speech by the teacher at the orphanage was very informative regarding the activities, visions and aims of the organization. From her presentation I realized that some of the ideas which we went to explore there were already put into practice by them. For example, in my questionnaire, there are questions about the earnings, self-reliance, and practice of Buddhist ideas for the young generation.

The teacher spoke about how they have plantation of vegetation, which are helpful for the food of the orphans. They also have chicken and duck farms. There are not so many workers for that orphanage. So, most of the works are carried out by the children themselves and the very few volunteer staff members. The teacher herself admitted that, making the children work for the plantations and farming is a strategy which is followed to train the children a way to depend on themselves, a practical way to lead a self-relied life.  Children are also encouraged to devote their time for education and play. After their class they are supposed to work for the ‘home’ and play (football) together. This is an act which provides great chance for them to co-operate and have unity for their goal. Even while gathering for their meal during the lunch time, I noticed how disciplined all the children were. They were in a line while taking food and sat in groups and waited till everyone came with their plates of food. After that, they all started to chant in Thai together. It was very nice and pleasing to see from small boys. The chanting must have been to show their gratitude for the food which were given!

The teacher also mentioned that the children are taken to Buddhist functions and celebrations at nearby temples in order to give them Buddhist touch regularly. This is a very good idea.

Another fact that I learned was that the orphanage was not supported by the government which implied that it was very much independent by itself. And they showed sufficient effort and tactics to go on with the orphanage and the children without depending on others so much, by developing their own farms, and vegetations.

After that, when we went to the floating market, I felt happy to see it. Because, it was very nice to look at. It was amazing to notice market so nicely based on top of water and very colorfully decorated. And while travelling through the shops, I noticed so many shops so closely situated. There were various items. There were items made completely by human effort without any modern technical support, like hats, instantly prepared foods, fruits and etc. The ’20 bahts’ shop appeared a good strategy to attract the customers. Customers are easily attracted to these shops as the items are cheap and beautiful. This is helpful for the seller and the buyer as well. While entering the market some woman was taking our pictures and when coming back to the bus, she arranged those photos in beautiful frames and sold for 100 bahts. It is an amazing talent to earn in a simple way. Although the market was very beautiful to look and there were many shops with items for us to have ‘window-shopping’, we had to get back to our bus soon due to lack of time as it was getting late.

So, from what I have seen, I feel that such sorts of markets are a great way to attract tourists and visitors both local and foreign that will provide good income for the people as well as the country.

I am very thankful to Ajarns and everyone who helped to make this trip a success and also to everyone who joined in it because some way or another everyone contributed for my happiness by being with me in the tour. 

Good point, earning in a

Good point, earning in a simple way. Sadhu.

Visit of Orpanage and

Visit of Orpanage and Floating Market,

Ashin Visuddha, ID _ 5201201088

The Faculty of Buddhism (English Programme)

We went to the orphanage school and floating market as a study on Saturday 17 March 2012. We have learned a lot from their by managing our Lecturer Ajarn Montra.  We have arrived at before lunch. The teacher of orphanage school made presentation first than we have lunched. We have 5 groups and each group developed a set of questions to interview to the orphanage students and each group has 5 members, I am one of the first groups. Every group had presentation for the children slides, Cartoon video and Dhamma talk, it is an important resource of production, self-reformation to integrate oneself to many aspects of being, balancing the advancement of science wisdom of indignity and cultivation of mindfulness for them, it is related to Buddhist economic by the monks visited to the children or Dhamma talk.

In these days education is an important resource it become production.  The resource of education aim to human society, and the educated people who provide the opportunity to them to search difference concepts which are cultivation of mindfulness, practice meditation, mitta (loving kindness), karuna (compassion) panna (wisdom) Samadhi (concentration) live peacefully Buddhist ethics that is related to self sufficiency and Buddhist economics.

thank you for everything!


                                                  program reporting for this buddhist economic

               first all i would to thank both arjan and arjan montra mother and aunt for this trip. actually it was really gettign very good experience for the monks how to do the human society how to established of the youth foundation and we can see the any society when  crisis of the economic problem if the weather is climate change, their agricultural and animal husbandry because of the society is based on the agricultural and husbandry.

              Here is buddhist economic in any society should make the buddhist practice ways is meaning the right livelihood and right action in the buddhist economic then need to who can effort to search the money for this the society and need to be management very well and use to equally the money in the society. who are responsible to solution the crisis economic, when the society have an any problem? especially need to background the economic if having no, how to stand very long time. as in buddhist economic, deligent acquisition, who can be effort to search eco and any material it was needed for the society then second the conservation.

               who is to keep the material very well? it aslo need. third having good friends it is very important individual and society it was no have how to stand in the enviroment in the society or personality. four living within one's means it seem to be compassion if you meet who is the pity and who is trouble of the suffering in enviromental region. if you met them as you can effort, help them. it is really needed to four kinds of buddhist practise way in the any soiety.

              Here i would to advise of all monks who is responsible to establish of the human society however they founded of the society in other right side it is supporting ot the buddha's teachings of buddha sasana. generally modem monks or educated monks they can't stay to be missionary in the coutryside as much as i understand that very need to their life who supports. in the buddhist coutry same like a Thailand we are same buddhist coutry but we can't control of their spread of religions(musilm and christians) it si responsible to the monks. it is lossing the as buddhism or something how to control the these problem as in buddhist eco and generally in buddhist country has eco-problem that's why they ha.ve a chance to enter the buddhist country.

                           second report

visit to flaoting market

it is really very interestion for the monk we can see the standing of their life how to live and know their careers. there is really micro-economic see that there are right action and right livelihood in buddhist middle path. flaotng market is really very interesting their selling material but because of small material and good food they sell in this market. micro economic and macroeconomic really need to be right ways in the flaoting markets we could see the micro eco there is right way. generally many people can't control of their mind if they have to get the any property and material. from the flaoting market we can know about the micro- economic so we are very happy to this trip. however we get the best of experience in this trip so thank you all.

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