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Buddhist Doctrines for Human Capital Development in Thailand

Niraj Ruangsan; Vitthaya Thongdee; Nites Sanannaree; Somkuan Namseethan

This research aims to explore how the five Buddhist doctrines called ‘The Five Precepts (FP)’ are used to develop human capital in Thailand. In this study, the qualitative research method was used to collect the data from the key informants joined in the organized focus-group discussion. The research results indicated that FP including to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, false speech and intoxicants causing heedlessness can be used to promote the human capital as the behavioral guideline of actions or a code of conducts. However, the study suggested that using the FP in promoting the human capital should be integrated with the other Buddhist principles such as Bhavana 4 and so on. Because FP is the method to control only the physical and verbal actions only, therefore other doctrines should be used to control the mental actions. When the three actions are in control of consciousness, the human capital is effectively and perfectly developed. This research aims to explore how the five Buddhist doctrines called ‘The Five Precepts (FP)’ are used to develop human capital in Thailand. In this study, the qualitative research method was used to collect the data from the key informants joined in the organized focus-group discussion. The research results indicated that FP including to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, false speech and intoxicants causing heedlessness can be used to promote the human capital as the behavioral guideline of actions or a code of conducts. However, the study suggested that using the FP in promoting the human capital should be integrated with the other Buddhist principles such as Bhavana 4 and so on. Because FP is the method to control only the physical and verbal actions only, therefore other doctrines should be used to control the mental actions. When the three actions are in control of consciousness, the human capital is effectively and perfectly developed.

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