Volume 20 No 12 (2022)
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Conservation of the Thai Buddhist way of the community: A case study of the tradition of alms on the water, Suwannaram temple, Nakhon Pathom Province
Dr. Phramaha Chakrapol Acharashubho Thepa, PhraSrirajamongkolpandit, Dr. Phrakruwinaitorn Charoen Thantachitto, Phramaha AekkachaiSujayo, Phrapalad Thana AggadhammoPimparat
The current research is named "Conservation of the Thai Buddhist way of the community: A case study of the tradition of alms on the water, Suwannaram temple, Nakhon Pathom Province." The research objectives are (1) To study the Buddhist community lifestyle and Boat alms tradition of the MCC, Suwannaram temple, Nakhon Pathom (2) To analyse the variants of the Thai Buddhist lifestyle to conserve the boat alms tradition in the MCC, Suwannaram temple, Nakhon Pathom. This qualitative research study collected field data with group discussions and in-depth interviews with 20 key informants. The tool used a semi-structured interview and the data analysis using qualitative data analysis (QDA) software to identify and compute content analysis, code, theme and interpretation with the measured reliability Krippendorff's alpha was α = 0.99. Data saturation and Comparative Method for Themes Saturation (CoMeTS) averaged the percentage of saturated terrain across interviews overall at 81.42%. The result found that the way of life of KMSC and the boat alms tradition at Wat Suwannaram are essential to the community living in a simple way, where most of the Buddhists have ties to Buddhism. For example, to make merit, offer food to monks regularly, and live along the Mahasawat canal, a water resource (canal) is valid for farming, local fisheries, and using the canal for commuting. Guidelines for the conservation of the boat alms tradition at Suwannaram temple according to the Thai Buddhist way of life propositions are (1) Community participation in the boat alms tradition, (2) Knowledge transfer of community traditions and the boat alms tradition, and (3) Holistic conservation of local culture for sustainability
Conservation, Community, Thai Buddhist Ways, Alms, Tradition
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