Background of Panyaprateep
From the time that Thawsi School has
declared itself to resolutely follow the path of Buddhist
education in 2000, there have been repeated calls for
the school to start the secondary school level. But
owing to limited resources, space at the present site,
finance, and personnel etc., progress was quite slow.
recently, the school has been given a very generous
gift by Mrs. Thawsi Svasdi-Xuto, the mother of
our Headteacher, Khroo Onn and founder of Thawsi
School, in the form of an ideal piece of land
of 34 acres (84 rai), about 4 kilometers from
Bahn Boon and Bahn Rai Thawsi in Pakchong, two
hours drive from Bangkok. “Granny Thawsi,” as
she is affectionately called by the children,
is very keen and determined to help set up this
new secondary school so that the entire cycle
of Buddhist education from nursery to pre-university
levels may be completed.
The gift of 34 acres
of land was the starting point of this secondary school
project. Last year in 2006 an inaugural ceremony was
held to celebrate the opening of Panyaprateep Dhamma
Sala, a muti-purpose building capable of accommodating
more than 200 participants for retreat programs and
for many other learning activities.
As of October 2007,
the formal Panyaprateep Foundation is being set up.
We are currently planning to open our Panyaprateep secondary
school by May 2009. We are working on various fronts
at the same time from preparation of the curriculum,
recruitment and training of teachers, potential students,
landscaping and architectural design, and fund raising
from organizations that support Buddhist education and
Objectives of Panyaprateep Foundation
1 For the benefit of human development
Buddhist education in the form of an educational
institution while mobilizing together all the
external supporting factors conducive to human
development based on the Buddha’s Principles
of the Three Fold Training.
the metta and wisdom culture as part of the
establishment of a community of kallayanamitta
(good friends) who stand ready to diligently
learn, to train and develop ourselves in order
to acquire wisdom and ability to be our own
refuge. The Right View (sammathitthi) must serve
as the guiding principle of living.
the way of life based on His Majesty the King’s
Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy, the practice
of which brings about a harmonious balance,
characterized by the principles of moderation,
heedfulness, strengthening the moral fibre of
the people and the development of immunity to
2. For the benefit of the religion
2.1 Provide and manage
education and training programmes and courses for human
development based on the Buddhist teachings as a way
of propagating Buddhism for the ultimate benefit of
the society and the world community.
2.2 Organize dhamma
retreat practices for Buddhist communities and groups
of kallayanamitta in general.
2.3 Produce dhamma
media in both Thai and English in various forms for
dissemination of teachings of the Buddha, and the sangha
who practice well to both the Thai and international
3. For the benefit of the natural environment and the
3.1 Support organization
of activities, programs, and dhamma teachings that train
human beings to know how to live harmoniously and intelligently
with nature. Emphasis will be placed on the study of
ecological management and how human beings can be one
and the same with nature.
3.2 Promote Right
Livelihood in the agriculture sector based on the Right
View (Sammathitthi), and the application of technological
development which supports and favours renewable energy.
Promote the way of life which is consistent with and
supportive of the natural environment while upholding
the principle of sustainable development.