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
The wien tien procession involved all
teachers, staff and students.
Everyone in the school took part in the wien
Students made candles and presented one to
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