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Health Charter for Buddhist Monks, established healthy monks, temples and happy communities in 10 years

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Health Charter for Buddhist Monks, established healthy monks, temples and happy communities in 10 years

Source: Matichon Online : https://www.matichon.co.th/news/778109

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Buddhist monks nationwide are ready to implement the 2017 Health Charter for Buddhist Monks for the good health of monks and communities nationwide. Its implementation is expected to make a difference in 10 years towards healthy monks, established temples and happy communities.

Phra Promwachirayan, member of Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand , introduced the 2017 Health Charter for Buddhist Monks during the opening of the 10th National Health Assembly at the IMPACT Forum in Nonthaburi province on December 20, 2017. Then executives of relevant organisations signed an MoU on implementation of the charter. They were Dr Poldej Pinprateep, secretary-general of the National Health Commission, Dr Jessada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary for public health, Dr Supreda Adulyanon, CEO of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Dr Chuchai Sornchumni, deputy secretary-general of the National Health Security Office, and Mrs. Wachira Nuamcharoen, acting director-general of the National Office of Buddhism. The signing was witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya who is also the chairman of the National Health Commission and Public Health Minister Clinical Professor Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn.

On the occasion, Phra Phrom Wachirayan said the Health Charter for Buddhist Monks was formulated in relation to a resolution of the 5th National Health Assembly in 2012 on “Buddhist monks and well-being”. As monks are the spiritual leaders of people and society, their well-being is important. The Health Charter for Buddhist Monks is aimed at guiding health promotion for monks and communities in the country. The charter sets three goals: 1. monks’ ability to take care of their own health in compliance with Buddhist rules, 2. support from communities and society for monks in line with Buddhist rules, and 3. monks’ roles in advocating the well-bein