Buddha Contemplation: Development of a Training Model to Improve Community Leader Virtue in the Central Region of Thailand

Wanpen Khemakanok, Kla Somtrakul, Wisanee Siltrakul

Abstract


This qualitative research aimed: a) to study the training model for developing the virtue of community leaders in central Thailand; b) to study the problems and suggestions of the training model for developing the virtue of community leaders in central Thailand; c) to develop the training model for developing virtue of community leaders in central Thailand. The research area consisted of three provinces in Central Thailand, Nakhon Nayok, Pathumthani and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. The research tools were preliminary survey, interview, observation, group discussion and workshop. Field data was collected from three groups of informants. The collected data was validated using a triangulation method and analyzed in accordance with the research objectives. The research results were presented as a descriptive analysis. The final results led to the setup of a new model of training, which can be called the ‘Buddha Contemplation: Development of a Training Model to Improve Community Leader Virtue’. The content of the course takes four Buddhist principles as its foundation: Sammaditthi (right views), Jarit (behavior), Sikkha (training) and Bhavana (development). The training method is on the principle of the kanlayanmit (seven suitable preparation conditions). The development of the training model for developing community leader virtue based on the Buddha Contemplation method can be implemented as a training technique for more effective development of community leader virtue.

Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/ass.v9n17p279

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Asian Social Science   ISSN 1911-2017 (Print)   ISSN 1911-2025 (Online)

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