Course Outline: RB307 Buddhism in Thailand, 2011/2012, Semester 1

Basic Data
Bachelor of Arts (Buddhist Studies)
First Semester (July 11 – November 12, 2011) Academic year 2011/2012
Credit / status: 
3 credits / Major required subject
Course Organization: 

The course will be conducted by the way of lectures, discussions and assignment writing. The lectures will be started with the Buddhism in the Kingdom of Thailand; Buddhism in India after the Master’s Demise until Buddhist Education in The Early Ayutthaya Period, The Thai mode of Living , Buddhism in the Early Period, Buddhist Education. Chapter Five: Religious Language & Writing System, Language, Transcription Characters, History of the Khmer Characters, Chapter six: Buddhist Education of the Middle Ayutthaya Period (B.E2031-2275 or 1488-1732 A.D.), Religious Language & Characters, For Transliteration, Second Part of the Middle Ayutthaya Period, Buddhist Education. Chapter Seven: The Final Ayutthaya Period (B. E. 2275-2310 or 1732-1863 A.D. ), The Ordination Tradition, Examination Procedure in Buddhist Education, The Thonburi Period ( B. E. 2310-2325or 1167-1181 A.D. ) , Syllabus For Buddhist Education, Religious Mission to Ceylon, The Former Examination Procedure for Buddhist Education, Place of Examination, Period of Examination Method of Examination. Chapter Eight: The Ratanakosin Period (B.E. 2325-or1782- A.D.).

Lectures (3 hour blocks) are arranged in order as follows:

  • Lecture 1 Introduction to this current volume, Buddhism in Thailand, published by the World Buddhist University Council.
  • Lecture 2 Buddhism in the Kingdom of Thailand; Buddhism in India After the Master’s Demise with respect to Buddha‘s instruction to the Bhikkhus. It is generally believed that during the Master‘s lifetime there was no systematic classification of the Doctrine as is known as present.
  • Lecture 3 When the meeting was closed the Participating Arahants then went forth on their missionary work. The Second Council: One hundred years after the first Council was presided over by the Venerable Kassapa.
  • Lecture 4 The Third Council, so far as the Second Council is concerned the Venerable Yasa and King Kalasoka may have been successful in the maintaining of the message of the Buddha in it pristine purity.
  • Lecture 5 Buddhism in Ancient Thailand, it was the at first doubtful as to how the missionary bhikkhus would have managed to make themselves understood by the people.
  • Lecture 6 The Dvaravati Period during the eleventh century B.E., when Buddhism was more or less affected by the decline of the Fu-Nan Kingdom.
  • Lecture 7 The Srivijaya Period: During the time the Dvaravati Kingdom was still flourishing there were in the South of Thailand several states, two of which, as mentioned in the Chinese record were Siahtho (Red Earth) and Phan Phan.
  • Lecture 8 The Thonburi Period, the Period of fifteenth to the eight century.
  • Lecture 9 Buddhism in the Thai Kingdom, The Ai-Lao Period, The Nan-Chao Period. Towards the close of the seventh century B.E. the Thais in constant conflict with Chinese.
  • Lecture 10 The Chiang Saen period :The Chiang Saen or Yo-nok ( 16th - 21st century B.E.)
  • Lecture 11 The Lankavamsa (Ceylon) Period: In the seventeenth century B.E. there reigned in Ceylon a great King, whose name was Parakkamabahu.
  • Lecture 12 The Sukhothai Period, the Chiangmai period, Ayutthaya Period: after more than four centuries comprising the age of the Ayutthaya Kingdom.
  • Lecture 13 The Thonburi Period, The Ratanakosin (or Bangkok) Period, King Rama I, King Rama II , King Rama III, King Rama IV, King Rama V, King Rama VI, King Rama VII, King Rama VIII, King Rama IX.
  • Lecture 14 Mahayana Buddhism in The Ratanakosin (or Bangkok) Period, Some propagation Activities.
  • Lecture 15 Ceylon Buddhism in Thailand, the cause of the rise of Lankavamsa Buddhism, the fact that Ceylon Buddhism arrived in Nakhon Si Thammarat in the eight century B. E. is known as the Great Pagoda in that town.
Course Requirements: 

The students are expected to obtain a basic knowledge on the subject covered in the course description. The class participation, questions and discussions will be encouraged. Mid Term Test is to assess the improvement of the knowledge of students of the subject. A suitable amount of time will be allocated at the end of the course for the review and preparation for the examination. Attendance at lectures 80%, a written assignment, on a topic given by the Lecturer between 500-1000 words. In order to be eligible to sit for the final examination will be required.

Allocation of Marks: 
  • Class participation 5%
  • Written assignment 15%
  • Mid Term Examination 20%
  • Final Examination 60%
Course Objectives: 



All tests, assignments and examinations are graded as follows with grade point and numerical marks:

Grade Performance Grade value Percentage Equivalence
A+ Excellent 4.0 90-100
A Almost Excellent 3.75 85-89
A- Fairly Excellent 3.5 80-84
B+ Very Good 3.25 75-79
B Good 3.0 70-74
B- Fairly Good 2.75 65-69
C+ Fair 2.5 60-64
C Satisfactory 2.25 55-59
C- Minimum Satisfactory 2.0 50-54
D+ Fairly Poor 1.5 40-49
D Poor 1.0 30-39
F Fail 0.0 29 or less
I Incomplete
W Withdrawn
WF Withdrawn because of failure
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