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Society faces a moral crisis

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Today, as Buddhists around the country celebrate the Visakha Bucha Day to mark the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, it is worth reflecting on his teachings and recalling his advice on how best to continue his spiritual legacy. 

This reflection may also enlighten us about how and why predominantly Buddhist Thailand has become deeply entrenched in social injustice and political violence, instead of peace and compassion.

On the full moon night of the sixth lunar month when Prince Siddhartha turned 35 _ six years after he had left the palace's comforts for a spiritual quest _ he finally discovered the key unlocking the door to inner peace. He thus became the Buddha, meaning the Awakened One.

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