Guidance for Applying Religious Principles to Anti-Corruption Education

Venerable Somdet Phra Mahaviravong, Member of the Sangha Supreme Council, has offered some recommendations on the production of a book to apply religious principles to the Anti-Corruption Education program.

A group of executives and officials from the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), led by NACC Deputy Secretary-General Uthit Buasri, recently visited the Venerable Somdet Phra Mahaviravong at Wat Rajabopidh in Bangkok.

They gave him a report on the draft contents of the book, to be used as guidance for giving sermons and lectures on Buddhist principles and anti-corruption education.

The Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand and the National Office of Buddhism are joining hands with NACC in the project to apply religious principles to the Anti-Corruption Education program. The project aims to use Buddhism as a mechanism to create a corruption-intolerant society.

Under this project, a working group was appointed to produce the book, which is scheduled to come out in March 2021. The contents of the book involve the thinking approach to the separation of self-interest from public interest, intolerance of corruption, citizenship and social responsibility, and the STRONG model, along with Buddhist principles to develop “sufficient minds” against corruption.

STRONG – sufficient, transparent, realize, onward, knowledge, and generosity – may be comparable to the Buddhist principles of moderation, honesty, right views (or values), conceptual skill (or vision), task of learning, and volunteer mind.

The Anti-Corruption Education program was initiated by NACC to cultivate an anti-corruption culture. The Cabinet has instructed various agencies to adopt this program for training their target groups.


Source: The Government Public Relations Department

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