Traveling to the Buddhist Pilgrimage Places according to the Principle of Meritorious Actions

Kanchana Thearmtanachok

Abstract


This article is a part of research titled: Traveling to the Buddhist Pilgrimage Places according to the Principle of Meritorious Actions. The objective was to develop the model, the management process, and purpose the results of the traveling. The mixed method between the qualitative and participatory action research was used. The purposively selected key informants were 20 Thai tourists who were over 40 years old, at least a bachelor degree, work in a variety of professions, regardless of income. The research found that: the “TBM” model is a “religious rituals”. It is based on both the cultural tourism approach as well as Buddhism, the mean of Meritorious Actions as a core. It begins with learning the Suttas relevant to the 4 pilgrimage places. After that, taking the Suttas’ messages into contemplation, putting into practice, and enhancing the spiritual mind. These were done through the six main activities. The results of the traveling could be seen from the tourists’ feelings and experiences, inner transformations through seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching. This was including problems, obstacles, suggestions, and outcome that arises from the realization and agreement among the key informants.


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