A Wise King and a Deaf and Dumb Society in Thailand

Daeng’s bicycle was stolen while she was getting her hair cut the other evening. It was locked, but not to anything solid. It was not a 10, or 15 or 21 speed racer it was a simple pink bike. A little while back thieves visited Wat Pa Kanchanpisek in Phu Wiang, Khon Kaen and stole from monks. Not so long ago 7 homes were robbed in one night in a housing estate in Khon Kaen. Thailand has been a country of thieves and the robbed, loan sharks and debtors for some time now. Excessive consumption with no thought of moderation. Thais talking about Ajahn Mun, Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Maha Boowa and the other great Buddhist teachers, but knowing nothing, and having no interest in what they taught. In Sakon Nakhon alone the is one Royal Initiative started by His Majesty and a number of projects started and supported by Her Majesty The Queen.
People in those villages keeping art alive while making a moderate income…

The King has offered to his people a Philosophy of Sufficiency that is wise and useful and unheeded.

The first principle is that reasons, not desires, provide guidance. It is not wise to follow a tide unthinkingly. Thailand should have the courage to choose its own way of development instead of following a global tide.

The second principle is moderation. One must know one’s basis and potential. This knowledge will reveal what one is and how one should grow successfully.

The third principle is immunity, because one cannot know what will happen tomorrow. When situations change rapidly, it is difficult to work out a development plan because there are many risk factors. A planner needs to have vision and must try to foresee possibilities, good and bad. With a vision for the economy, for instance, planners can consider whether biodiesel should be introduced to cushion the impacts of fuel prices. Immunity is the result of risk management.
Decisions and actions that reflect sufficiency require knowledge and morality as their bases. Knowledge means adequate information and thoughtfulness to integrate fields of knowledge in order to make plans. Morality means honesty, patience, perseverance, and wisdom as the fundamentals of life.
Thai people profess to love their king. It seems they love their king in the same way that they are students of  Ajahn Mun, Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Maha Boowa and the other great Buddhist teachers in words only. Words are cheap it is actions that count.
Excessive debt, lack of morality, lack of leadership from the Bhikkhu Sangha and Government Officers. Illiteracy and apathy run rampant.
ajahn chahToday is Children’s Day in Thailand. What are the children of Thailand being taught by what they see going on around them?
What is the legacy today’s generation is leaving to the children of Thailand?

Follow the King or follow the mob, the choice is theirs.

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