Cartoons and Educational Philosophies: Strategies for Communicating Buddhist Values to Thai Buddhist Youth

Brooke Schedneck

Abstract


With over 90% of Thai citizens identifying as Buddhist, how are Buddhist values communicated to youth? In the past, the temple was the center for learning, where elders taught their grandchildren how to chant and pay respect to monks. But in contemporary Thailand, this system is quickly losing influence. Because of this, a number of strategies have recently developed to communicate Buddhist teachings to Thai youth. This paper investigates two significant strategies: private schools with Buddhist-inspired curricula and media targeted towards Thai youth. The first part of this article focuses on the Buddhist education philosophy of Than Ajahn Jayasaro, who is the spiritual director of two schools in Thailand. The second section highlights the media produced by Phra Maha Wutthichai Vajiramedhi and Phra Maha Sompong Talaphutto, who hope to reach younger generations with relevant topics, which they infuse with Buddhist teachings.

Keywords


Thailand; Buddhist education; media; Theravada Buddhism; communication; Buddhist monks; Thai society

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4727684

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