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Phra Bhrama Khunabarana (P.A. Payutto)

Phra Bhrama Khunabarana (P.A. Payutto)

Wat Nyanavesakavan
Tambon Bang Krathuek, Amphoe Sam Phran, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand


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Phra Bhrama Khunabarana(Venerable Bhikkhu P.A. Payutto) was born in 1939 in Suphanburi Province, Thailand. He became a novice at the age of 13, and while still a novice completed the highest grade of Pali examination, an achievement for which he was honoured with ordination as a monk under Royal Patronage in 1961.

After completing a degree in Buddhist studies from Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University and a Higher Certificate in Education in 1962 and 1963 respectively, he acted as Deputy Secretary-General of the Buddhist University and lectured extensively in Thailand and overseas, including time spent lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University and Swarthmore College in the USA.

His literary achievements in Thailand are tremendous, the most notable to date being the work of Buddha's teaching, and many of his lectures on social, scientific and educational studies from a Buddhist perspective have been printed.

For his work in these fields, he has been honoured with Honorary Doctorates in Buddhist Studies (from Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University, 1982); in Philosophy (from Thammasat University, 1986, and Mahidol University, 1995); in Education (from Silpakorn University, 1988; Kasetsart University, 1987, Srinakharinwirot University, 1990; Ramkhamhaeng University, 1994, and Prince of Songkhla University, 1995); and in Linguistics (from Chulalongkorn University, 1988; Mahidol University, 1989).

The author is one of Thailand's most well-known Buddhist Scholars. His writings cover not only traditional Buddhist subjects but also Buddhist perspectives on modern academic themes. He was the recipient of the 1994 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. At present the author spends his time between Nakorn Prathom province and Chachoengsao province in Central Thailand, interspersed with occasional overseas travels and lectures throughout Thailand.