Analysis of Perspectives on Social Phenomena Concerning 100 Million Ordination Ceremony According to Theravãda Buddhist Principles

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Amnat Yodthong


This research article was a documentary research aimed at analyzing the perspectives on the social phenomena of 100 million ordination ceremonies according to Theravāda Buddhist principles in terms of 1) the prospective ordainees’ purposes, 2) the ordination ceremony, 3) the objectives of ordination, and 4) the relationship among those three points. The study found as follows: 1) The prospective ordainees’ purposes, they had the intention behind ordination to repay their parents' favors. It was considered a secondary purpose that they had to fulfil; 2) A typical ordination ceremony was considered a festive event although it was suitable to the economic status of the ordainees and their families. However, an ordination festive event also included vice as its disadvantage; 3) As for the objectives of ordination, it is assumed that the ordained monks had reached the primary state of sensual pleasures; that is, they observed the monastic codes and did not commit misconduct in monkhood; and 4) The relationship among the ordainees’ purposes, the ordination ceremony, and the objectives of ordination was considered as an "A2B3C1" relationship. In other words, the ordainees’ secondary purpose for their parents (A2), a festive ordination ceremony (B3), and their compliance with the monastic codes in monkhood in order to arrive at the primary state of sensual pleasure (C1) were related.

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Yodthong, A. (2022). Analysis of Perspectives on Social Phenomena Concerning 100 Million Ordination Ceremony According to Theravãda Buddhist Principles. Journal of Arts Management, 6(4), 1923–1938. Retrieved from
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