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Paper by Dr Pathompong Bodhiprasiddhinand DPhil (Oxon)[แก้ไข]

  • ‘Under the monetary support of Mahamakuta Rajavidyalaya Foundation (MRF), the newly-revived King Mongkut Buddhist University (MBU) came into existence. It was officially opened in 1945, offering a B.A. in in Religious Studies. It classes started in 1946 with the then Supreme Patriarch as President of the University Council, Phra Phrommuni as Rector and Sujivo Bhikkhu himself serving as its Secretary-General. With the successful establishment of the university, a move by progressive monks of the Mahanikaya Order was also well on its way. In 1947, they were successful in founding King Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University.’


  • ‘It is important to note that even though the university was declared open, the government did not give full financial support as they considered it illegal. They provided only a small amount of money for administrative work per year. The annual budget given by the government actually equaled the amount of money spent for one day by other secular universities. Students were not required to pay tuition fees either. Not only was more money desperately needed to fund improvements to MBU’s academic infrastructures such as better teaching facilities, recruiting some of the finest minds of the country to be permanent and special lecturers, etc., but the university also tried to prepare bursaries to those students most in need. The financial support from MRF could help alleviate this financial pressure somewhat, but obviously was not sufficient to maintain and enhance its national roles against the aggressive materialistic trends which were witnessed across the country.’


  • ‘MBU came into existence because of Sujib Punyanubhab. At this institution, he created a series of subject families across the university where students, lecturers and other academics who studied many aspects of Buddhism and other modern relevant subjects come together to talk across the range of their subject areas in attempts to adopt Buddhism to meet modern needs. It is nonetheless not a social institution where people simply come, get degrees and go away like all other secular universities in Thailand. It has a Buddhist heart. From the very beginning, it is the monument of a collective effort made by creative leading Buddhists who tried to place Buddhism on a firmer ground in response to the aggressive challenge of capitalism or materialism of the day. It came into existence with the Buddhist spirit, and with one clear goal: spiritual and intellectual development of mankind. Currently, it has grown up, has been well known among international scholars and has somehow continued to renew itself. Yet the values which underpin it remain the same.’


  • ‘I would consider this little article of mine successful if the late Prof Sujib is at least remembered by his fellow Buddhists around the world as The Father of Modern Buddhist University in Thailand, without whose initiative the current Mahamakut Buddhist University, which hosts this Buddhist conference, could not have come into existence.’