The 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness Conference 2007, Nongkhai & Bangkok, Thailand

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เว็บไซต์ GNH ของเราเปิดพื้นที่เนื้อหาภาษาไทยแล้ว
ท่านสามารถเข้าได้จากเมนูหลัก "ไทย" หรือจากลิงค์ด้านล่างนี้

 



"I feel that there must be some convergence among nations on the idea of what the primary objective of development and progress should be - something Gross National Happiness seeks to bring about".

                    H.M. Jigme Khesar Wangchuck



WAT HIN MAK PENG in Nongkhai Province

Here we provide some information on Wat Hin Mak Peng, the venue of the 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness during 22 and 23 November 2007. The Buddhist temple with this name was founded by Ajarn Tate, a well-known meditation teacher in the forest tradition of the South-East Asian Therevada school. The temple is situated at he border of the Mekong river. For information on other venues in Nongkhai and Bangkok see Travel Information.


Wat Hin Mak Peng is a meditation center in the forest tradition or Kammatthana ('place of work') tradition. The term refers to the place in the mind where the meditator initiates his exercise.
The founders of the forest tradition in Thailand were Ajarn Sao and Ajarn Mun. Ajarn Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera (1870-1949) spent his whole life wandering in the forests of Thailand, Burma and Laos. He did not leave any writings but some of his eachings are recorded.


One of the closest students of Ajarn Mun was Ajarn Tate (1902-1994). The other well-known student and international meditation teacher is Ajarn Chah.
Ajarn Tate was born in a poor family and became a monk at the age of 14. Throughout his life he made yourneys through the forests around the Mekong River and in Southern Thailand. As a homeless monk he stayed with hilltribes, viallagers and camped in the forsests. In 1977 he settled in Wat Hin Mak Peng, at that time a remote and 'haunted' place. Without any effort from his side the place developed in a monastery with a diversity of buildings made for him and the monk's community by laypeople.
Ajarn Tate passed away at the age of 92 and his personal belongings are kept in a jedi on the temple grounds.

The present Abbot of Wat Hin Mak Peng kindly gave permission to use the temple for an interfaith gathering to invoke the good spirit and to contemplate, exchange views and experiences on 'happiness' from a spiritual perspective, 22 November 2007.

This will be followed by a community leaders' forum and workshops on local wisdom, community building and Youth engagement the next day, 23 November 2007.
This day will start with a traditional Thai BaiSri ceremony to welcome the guests and to weave ties of friendship.

For more information on the third day in Nongkhai and Loy Krathong celebration, 24 November 2007, please go to Travel Information.


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