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Supporters raise 17 million baht to open Vipassana Mindfulness Centre in Nakhon Pathom

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More than 150 students and supporters of world renowned Buddhist teacher and author Ajarn Supawan Green gathered for the inauguration of an international mindfulness centre in Puttamonthon, Nakhon Pathom, to the west of Bangkok, on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

Construction of the ‘Bring your Mental Self Back Home Centre’ was made possible with financial and technical support from patrons of Ajarn Supawan’s vocation, including hotelier Wisan Ekwanit, owner of the Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa in Phuket, who donated a total of 8.5 million baht towards construction of the centre.

Long-term supporter Metta Utakapan, CEO of Amarin Printing, said that it was a joyous day.

“The official opening of the centre is testament to her dedication to spreading the Lord Buddha’s teachings to Thais and foreigners alike and marks a new beginning in her unwavering efforts to bring about world peace through the Buddhist practice of Vipassana.”

“Bring your Mental Self Back Home” has been Ajarn Supawan’s mantra for her unique style of teaching Buddhist mindfulness meditation (Vipassana) for the past 30 years.

Fluent in Thai and English, her contemporary teaching style has won admiration around the world, reaching thousands throughout Asia, Europe and the US. In early March, Supawan Green was the featured guest on JSL Global Media’s talk show ‘Joh Jai’, hosted by Sanya Kunakorn.

Her mindfulness courses have also been popularised in no less than 40 self help books in Thai and English languages.

Ajarn Supawan bought the plot where the modern building now sits on the outskirts of Bangkok some 45 years ago with no plans at that time to develop the land.

“I didn’t have a clue that the land would serve this spiritual purpose four decades later. Looking back I can see that it was one of many jigsaw pieces that have gradually fallen into place over the years.”

Construction of the conference hall and other facilities eventually began in 2017 thanks to generous donations from supporters around the world totalling 17 million baht.

“The purpose of the BMSBH Centre is to facilitate learning of the Buddha’s core teaching of ‘The Four Noble Truths’ as a guide be free from mental pain and come safely home to the Source, or ‘Nirvana.”

Born and raised in Thailand, Ajarn Supawan studied at Thammasat University in Bangkok before moving to Birmingham in the UK with her British husband. Since then she has travelled extensively to teach mindfulness techniques at retreats in various countries around the world with her unique way of making Vipassana teaching accessible to a diverse audience. Active on social media, Ajarn Supawan has thousands of followers on Facebook and YouTube, using the platforms to host live mindfulness classes and conferences as well as Tai Chi classes.

She now plans to focus on holding mindfulness and meditation courses in Thai and English languages at the BMSBH centre’s conference room, which can hold up to 50 people.

“My wish is for the BMSBH Centre to be an empowering tool of mindfulness meditation which will enable students to have a clear understanding of this profound ancient concept so we can live in eternal peace and harmony.”

To that end, Ajarn Supawan has a formula for world peace posted on a wall at the centre: A = X+Y+Z; A represents a triangle symbolising World Peace. X is for inner peace in all women resulting from BMSBH. Y is for inner peace in all men resulting from BMSBH and Z represents moral conscience resulting from BMSBH.

In conjunction with the opening of the BMSBH Centre, Ajarn Supawan and her team have also established the Innocent Perception Foundation to provide financial support for the needy. One of the first benefactors of the foundation is the teenage son of an impoverished farming family who lost one of his eyes in an accident. The boy is now receiving financial support from the foundation to receive surgery and a prosthetic eye.

Supporters raise 17 million baht to open Vipassana Mindfulness Centre in Nakhon Pathom | News by ThaigerSupporters raise 17 million baht to open Vipassana Mindfulness Centre in Nakhon Pathom | News by ThaigerThe BMSBH Centre is located at 2/41 Dow Tong 2 Road, Salaya, Puttamonton District, Nakorn Pathom, 73170.

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At-risk Social Security members can get free Covid tests from tomorrow in Bangkok

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At-risk members of Thailand’s Social Security scheme can get free Covid-19 tests in Bangkok starting tomorrow. The Ministry of Labour will provide the tests, covering members under Sections 33, 39, and 40 of the Social Security Act. The programme will be held at the Bangkok Youth Centre (Thai-Japan) in Bangkok’s Din Daeng district.
The ministry expects to test up to 300 people per hour, with results to be received in 1 to 2 days. If anyone is found to be infected, they will be sent to hospitals under the Social Security scheme for free treatment. Currently, 81 hospitals are registered with the ministry, offering a total of over 1,000 beds.
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Meanwhile, Thailand’s army is getting ready to deal with the influx of Covid-19 infections as its deputy spokeswoman says 2 more field hospitals are now in place. The hospitals are in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan to help ease the burden of hospitals.

Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid-19 patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

Here is the list of the current 18 red zone provinces which could have their restrictions raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the CCSA. Read more HERE.

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Thailand’s army is getting ready to deal with the influx of Covid-19 infections as its deputy spokeswoman says 2 more field hospitals are now in place. The hospitals are in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan to help ease the burden of hospitals in 2 of the hardest hit areas.

Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

The move to help accommodate hospitals was due to the army chief’s concerns over the recent 3rd wave, which has seen daily infections increase to the thousands. The chief instructed each army unit to provide extra beds and facilities to patients in each hospital after teaming with public health agencies.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

Here is the list of the current 18 red zone provinces which could have their restrictions raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the CCSA. Read more HERE.

Since April 1 there has been a steady growth of new infections, described as the third wave in Thai media – much higher than the number of daily infections in the first and second waves.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Bangkok sees 7.87 million vehicles over Songkran holiday

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FILE PHOTO: Millions traveled for Songkran, but not nearly as many as usual, like this 2013 Songkran photo.

Covid-19 and its third wave be damned, close to 8 million vehicles travelled in and out of Bangkok so far during this year’s Songkran festival holiday period. Thailand’s Ministry of Transport released figures yesterday on the yearly holiday and revealed that more than 7.87 million cars, trucks, buses and motorbikes hit the roads and travelled into and out of Bangkok during the festival period, despite almost all official celebrations, events and gatherings being cancelled nationwide again this year.

The figures, calculating incoming and outgoing traffic between April 10 – 14, show that travel is much lower than originally predicted but massively higher than last year’s travel. The drop makes sense as many predictions may have been made before the last minute closures of entertainment venues and cancellation of Songkran events due to the recent third wave outbreak of the B117 strain of Covid-19.

The 7.87 million vehicles figure is about 30% lower than predicted. There were also an estimated 4.52 million people using public transportation such as buses over the holiday period, again lower than predicted, this time by about 36 per cent.

On the other hand, in what may be a bad sign for Thailand’s health, at a time when new daily records are being set for Covid-19 infections, many more people are ignoring the pandemic and travelling anyway.

The nearly 8 million vehicles on the roads to Bangkok during Songkran represent a nearly 35% increase over last years Coronavirus-muted figures. And when social distancing is of utmost importance, the 4 and a half million people travelling by public transport is a startling 74% increase over the nearly completely locked-down figures of 2020’s Songkran holiday period.

One final note for the “if Covid-19 doesn’t get you, climate change will” crowd: Of the 7.87 million cars, buses, trucks, and motorbikes on the road, a very non-eco-friendly 7.4 million of them were private vehicles.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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