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Asarnha Bucha Day at Panyaden

Panyaden students make candles in preparation for Asarnha Bucha Day.

Panyaden school takes a Buddhist approach towards education and this emphasis on Buddhist values shows in their careful and mindful approach towards honoring special Buddhist holidays. Students made large candles to present to the Venerable Ajahn Jiew from Wat Pha Yen Boon, Chiang Rai who came to the school on Friday, July 19, 2013 to give a Dhamma talk for Asarnha Bucha Day.

Students presented the candle they made to Ajahn Jiew before the Dhamma talk.

Friday began with Prathom 5-6 students presenting to their younger Anuban schoolmates the significance of Asarnha Bucha Day, which is one of the most important Buddhist festivals of the year, marking the Buddha’s first sermon. The following day, Wan Khao Pansa, also marks the start of the Buddhist Lent, a time for doing good deeds and committing to the moral precepts. It is a time when monks retreat for three months during the rainy season for contemplation and religious studies.
Later in the day, student representatives also gave the same bilingual presentation to the other primary students. A large candle was then presented to the Venerable Ajahn Jiew before everyone went to the school’s Buddha Sala for the ‘wien tien’ procession.
After the ceremony, Ajahn Jiew visited the Kindergarten 3 students in their classroom answering questions like “Are there aliens?” and “Why do you shave your head?’ before conducting a talk for teachers, staff, parents and members of the public.
Ajahn Jiew spoke about the wisdom of Dhamma that already exists in nature and in us. The Buddha himself encourages us to investigate, experience and understand the Dhamma for ourselves. The Sangha is here to guide and point us to the Dhamma. The talk ended with a series of questions from the audience before Ajahn Jiew led everyone in a short meditation session.

The wien tien procession involved all teachers, staff and students.

Everyone in the school took part in the wien tien procession.

Students made candles and presented one to Ajahn Jiew.

Payap student wins Royal award

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Penpilai Rithakananone, Interim President of Payap University Chiang Mai and administrators congratulated Porames Charoinuch, 4th year student in Theology at McGilvary College of Divinity on the occasion of winning the Royal award of His Majesty King BhumibolAdulyadej in Medium Higher Education in the North. The award was presented by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on July 15, 2013 at Dusidalai Hall, Suan Chittralada in Bangkok.

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Asarnha Bucha Day at Panyaden

Payap student wins Royal award