It must be noted that there is a great difference as regards the social background of the monks in the standard Thai society in the past and that of the monks in the modern occasions. In the previous the monkhood was recruited from men of all classes of the society and from all parts of the country regardless of their status. As members of the monkhood, the monks formed an independent society exercising spiritual and intellectual influences on the secular society. Roughly speaking, they played the roles of the intellectuals. But in the modern times, since the monks have been retired from educational responsibility on the adoption of the contemporary method of public education and given that the classic system of education was retained only in the monasteries, the monkhood has been recruited from the underprivileged, nearly totally from the peasants’ kids. To distinguish them from those educated in the newly adopted modern day system of education, the monks of modern times might be referred to as the standard intellectuals. But, with an undeveloped educational method, they have, lost the position of the intellectuals and fallen to the class of the typical uninformed people or even the uneducated. In contrast to these outdated intellectuals recruited from the villagers are modern intellectuals who get educated through the contemporary educational technique. These contemporary intellectuals are now represented by university students who are mostly (about 75-80 percent) recruited from the privileged classes in towns and cities, the children of government officials and merchants. It is therefore only natural that considerably of the part that was played by the monks in the previous has been taken up by these modern intellectuals who have come to play it for the Thai society of today. Even so, as these contemporary intellectuals have been, to a big extent, alienated from the Thai culture by means of the modern Western technique of education, they cannot effectively accommodate themselves to the traditional rural communities which kind the main element of about 75-80 % of the Thai society. They, as a result, normally confine their services to the minor modernized urban sector of the society, leaving the major rural sector below the awkward uninformed leadership of the monks.
As noted earlier, most of the students in the contemporary secular program of education are recruited from the privileged classes. Sons of the poor peasants in remote locations uncover their resort in the monasteries exactly where they study as monks and novices. Thus, in spite of the loss of intellectual leadership, the monkhood still plays an critical educational part for the contemporary society. Amidst the unequal possibilities in education, the monkhood provides a channel through which the much less-privileged individuals who get no access to the modern educational program of the state might continue their intellectual pursuits.
SOME EFFORTS TO FILL THE GAP AND TO RESTORE THE MONKS’ WORTHY ROLES
In the meantime, nonetheless, strict traditionalism on the portion of the Sangha and the Thai society as a whole has both straight and indirectly caused reactions, conflicts and new developments in private sectors. A number of Elders, in an effort to respond to the lengthy-felt but ignored require to generate Buddhist monks equipped with contemporary expertise relevant to the modern world, revived the strategy for Buddhist greater education. Then Mahamakut and Mahachula came back to life as the two Buddhist universities of Thailand in 2489/1946 and 2490/1947 respectively. Some lay intellectuals discovered interest in Buddhist believed via their independent study or casual reading of writings on Buddhism by Western scholars. Some of them have helped in the attempt to connect Buddhist believed and culture with modern day scientific, intellectual and social developments. A quantity of monks, undoubtedly couple of, through their independent study, gained insight into a new meaning of the Buddha-Dharma by means of their own interpretation. They give Buddhism a new appeal, a vitality that has made it accessible to the intellectuals and university students. They have helped to reduce the widening gap amongst the monkhood and the modern intellectuals, and have paved the way for the regaining of the monks’ spiritual leadership. Among these monks the greatest identified is Bhikkhu Buddhadasa of Chaiya in South Thailand, who is claimed to be the most outstanding Buddhist thinker in the country and also a figure in international Buddhism.
In his personal nation Buddhadasa has even been pictured as a revolutionary or a non-conformist due to the fact of his attacks on well-known superstitious beliefs and practices and the functionality of particular ceremonies. His major concern, in the words of a Western scholar, “is not to expound conventional teachings but to revitalize the tradition in such a manner that it becomes a vehicle rather than a block to the realization of Truth, or Buddha-Dhamma.” He puts into the tradition a new life and a new light, summoning these around him “to a reexamination of their religion and themselves.”1 Even so, it ought to be noted that Buddhadasa is properly known only to the intelligentsia, among whom his voice echoes strongly, even though, at the well-known level, he is tiny understood or listened to, and it is Bhikkhu Pannananda, a tiny younger senior intimate of his, that comes to fill the gap.
One more crucial improvement in Thai Buddhism is monks’ involvement in community development. Some monks have been concerned about the troubles of the relevancy of Buddhism to the modern changing society. To these monks, and to a quantity of lay Buddhists, the monks’ loss of leadership in the contemporary Westernized sector of Thai society, typically represented by the urbanized communities, has affected the stability of the religion and partly accounted for the misdirected improvement of the society. In the contemporary Westernized society monks play no part of actual importance or unquestionable worth, and the society has reached the present stage of development with out their claim to aid or guidance. Modern Thailand is, even so, often branded with modernization with out development or with misguided improvement. The lack of the monks’ share in the process of development must have been a issue in this undesirable outcome. It might be as well late for the monks to take up their duty in such an really secularized society and it will be difficult even to regain their status, even though several monks are now considerably concerned about this activity. In rural areas, on the con-trary, monastic leadership is still powerful and the rural men and women nonetheless recognize their responsibility to the Buddhist institutions. Modernization has, nevertheless, began to run its course there and the monks, with their traditional roles of leadership, are far from ready to apply the effectiveness of their leadership to the difficulties of modernization, that is, to assist the rural men and women towards suitable adjustment in the process of development. The rural monks are recruited from amongst the rural men and women, a lot more particularly the villagers, with a really disadvantaged educational background and with experiences limited to village conditions. Lacking knowledge of the modern day society, its problems and the gap to fill, they themselves are topic to a misdirected development. They are just as the monks in the modernized sector as soon as had been and nevertheless largely are. There is a worry that the story will repeat itself.
Such getting the case, the monks and lay Buddhists who have been awakened to the troubles direct their interest to the rural society. With the goal of awakening rural monastic leaders to the very same troubles and helping them to adapt their leadership to the modern procedure of development, monastic social programmes for social welfare and rural uplift have been established by the Buddhist Universities and other monastic institutions. Courses in the sensible elements of neighborhood development have been incorporated along with coaching for the propagation of Buddhism. Some of these programmes have been criticized for secularization and some even for politicization. Apart from programmes for rural monks, the two Buddhist Universities annually send a quantity of their graduates to take teaching positions and participate in nearby improvement programmes and other social, educational and Buddhist activities. It is hoped that by way of these programmes monks will be produced powerful in realizing the Buddhist ideal of ‘going for the welfare and happiness of the many’ by helping and guiding the folks through a method of appropriate and true improvement, and their location of leadership will also be maintained.
In fact, these Buddhists are concerned not only about the maintenance of the monks’ status in the altering traditional society, but also about the restoration of the monks to their suitable place as leaders in modern society. The Buddhist Sunday college movement begun by Mahachula Buddhist University in 2501/1958 represents an attempt to revive Buddhist education for the younger generation and to attain welfare and happiness each for the modernized society and for the society beneath the approach of modernization.
In the last decade, there has been, in numerous components of the country, especially in the central area, where the secular government education has been produced accessible to the villagers, a sharp reduce in the quantity of boys entering the monasteries to study in the monastic traditional technique of education. There are now, as a result, very few novices or none at all in most of the monasteries in the a lot more created areas of the nation. Simultaneously, on the other hand, students and pupils in the secular government and private schools have been criticized of being alienated from their religious and cultural tradition and lacking sufficient moral education. As a response to this circumstance, several monasteries and organizations all through the country have resorted to the new practice of temporary summer group-ordination or temporary hot-season group-admission to novicehood (or monkhood), now in vogue, supplying the youths with religious, cultural and moral coaching for a brief period of time, mainly for one particular month, throughout their annual extended holiday. Even though this practice can not be an answer to the difficulty of the shortage of monastic man power in the lengthy run, it is hoped that it will be a support in the remedy of the urgent problems of juvenile delinquency and cultural alienation.
In spite of all these efforts, however, the Buddhist reformers have to often bear in thoughts a single factor: in order for Buddhism to be actually relevant to the rapidly altering planet in the lengthy run they should learn which demands of such a globe ought to be the prime concern of Buddhism, the demands that no other realm of human endeavour can treat, and be ready to apply the Buddhist answers towards the satisfaction of these demands.
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