Buddhist Integration for a Quality Living of Retirees

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อัจฉราวรรณ กันจินะ


The purposes of the study were (1) to study the quality of living for retirees in the current sociocultural context (2) to study the Buddhist principles appropriated for retirees and (3) to analyze the integration of Buddhist principles for retirees and to present how to have quality of living for retirees. The data were collected from the Tipitaka and other documents, in – depth interview for 10 retirees and questionnaire for 102 retirees. The results of the study were as follows. The changing of current social context that effect on retirees were: Thailand’s age structure of population will become aged society, the transition from agriculture to industry, the influence of media and technology, the switch from nuclear family to extended family and the positive attitude and negative attitude towards retirees. The Buddhist principles appropriated for quality life of retirees were: (1) The five precepts (2) The contentment (3) The Four Noble Truths (4) The Four sublime states of mind (5) The eight worldly conditions and (6) The three Characteristics. After integrating the Buddhist principles into the retirement life, according to perspectives on lives, the analysis  results  reveal high in all aspects of study. In addition, the way to integrate the Buddhist principles was observed by the ten bases of meritorious action. Besides, the first aim of integration of Buddhist principles is mostly           the benefits obtainable here and now. The knowledge from the study is      “Do not LEAVE model”. That means the retirees do not leave 5 things after retirement. First, L for Let oneself on. Second, E for Excellent health, A for Activities, V for Virtue, and the last is E for Economical life.


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