Activities based Project
fulfilled tasks and projects conductive to the WBU in general.
BUDDHA STATUES FROM INMATES TO NEPAL
BUDDHA STATUES HANDING OVER FROM THAILAND TO NEPAL
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After 185 days of training how to sculpt from scratch to group of inmates who took part in the project they are able to create a piece of art of the Buddha all together 10 beautiful statues from their sinful hands. This art therapy is a way to transform a coarse mind of inmates to be more concentrated and wise with their action. Hoping that this experience will prevent them from committing crime again after they are released from the prison.
Venerable Rector of the World Buddhist University has been working with inmates in prisons in Thailand over seven years. The Bang Kwang Central Prison is an oldest men’s prison of Thailand where they imprison death row and long-sentence prisoners. It is the only prison in Thailand with men’s death row and execution chamber. One of the projects Venerable Rector has been engaged in the Bang Kwang Central Prison is teaching death row and long-sentence prisoners to sculpture Buddha statues. While Venerable Rector teaches inmates a spiritual life, professional sculptors from Silapakorn University teach those inmates how to sculpture Buddha statues. Then the Buddha statues sculptured by inmate hands were donated to some forest monasteries and local hospitals across Thailand. The project is called ‘molding clay for merit’ (MCM). The project is partly operated under the Inspire Project under the Royal Initiative of HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha.
The handing over of the 42 Buddha statues sculptured by death row and long sentenced prisoners of the Bang Kwang Central Prison of Thailand to different places in Nepal was a joint effort among several organizations in Thailand and Nepal. The WBU played an important role of the mediator between Thailand and Nepal. The project creates a good feelings between all parties involved from the sculptor-inmates of Thailand to receiver ends in Nepal. The handing over ceremony was done officially with the involvement of Nepal government authorities. The Buddha statues is becoming an important refuge for villagers, inmates and students where the statues have enshrined. Specially, the stories behind the making of those Buddha statues surely inspire all who see and worship those statues in faraway places. The WBU hopes that the Buddha statues will be developed to be inspirational Buddhist propagation centers in each place where they have been enshrined for peace and happiness of the worshipers. The Buddha statue is a primary object to begin Buddhist activities of Buddhist study and practice in those places where the Buddha statues have enshrined.
The ‘molding clay to merit’ project not only transformed soiling minds to sound minds of those inmates in the prison but their perfect statues just expanded the message of mind transformation to all public who are imprisoned themselves in the life prison.
MIND MANAGEMENT FOR FOREIGN WOMEN INMATES
The WBU initiated a new therapeutic program entitled ‘Mind Management’ for 100 foreign women inmates incarcerated in the Central Women Correctional Institute or more popularly known as ‘Central Women Prison’. This trial program began in September 2018 and will continue on weekly basis for six months. Majority of inmates who applied for this program are Christians and Muslims.
Bringing calm to Bangkok's foreign women prisoners
Thailand's biggest women's prison is home to more than 400 foreign prisoners, mostly serving long sentences for drugs offences. Many now attend cognitive transformation therapy classes to help them cope. BBC Thai's Nanchanok Wongsamuth sat in on one.
A monk tale from Thai prison
Cognitive Transformation Therapy for foreign women inmates, BBC Thailand
Sunday program: A monk's tale from a Thai prison Changing minds and lives.