The Investigation of Five Percepts and Peace-Making in The Society Sustainably : A Case Study of Khon Kaen, Thailad

Phramaha Nikorn Paladsung, Vissanu Zumitzavan

Abstract


The research objectives are to investigate the five-precept of Buddhism in the context of sustainably peace-making in a society by conducting a case study of a village in Khon Kaen, Thailand. This study also provides guidelines for encouraging peacefulness in a society based on the experience of the five- precept village for happiness project in Khon Kaen. Data were collected by a mixed-method. For a qualitative approach, 16 key informants were participated in face-to-face interview whilst a semi-structured interviewing was applied as a tool to collect the data. In addition, for a quantitative approach, 20 respondents were asked to answer the questionnaires whilst the survey questionnaire was applied as an instrument to collect the data.
The findings suggest that it would be useful to lead a campaign to encourage citizens to attach to the five Buddhist precepts in day-to-day activities. It is necessary to encourage the five-precept communities to embolden other villages to follow this concept. Taking the five-precept as a life vow is a form of life to ensure the greatest levels of the happiness for individuals and their communities. The unit of study of this research is Ban Siao Community, Tambon Wangchai, Nampong, Khon Kaen, Thailand. Findings indicate that it should be advantageous to promote such models in term of communities as guided by the five precept. The five-precept is supposed to be accomplished to the day-to-day activities to sustainably maintain moral and ethics.


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