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The three objectives of this research were designed, to investigate the self-practice according to Puññakiriyā-vatthu Principle of the Wat Rai Khing Buddhists in Nakhon Pathom Province, to compare their self- practice classified by personal data, and to explore problems and barriers over self-practice according to Puññakiriyā-vatthu Principle of the Wat Rai Khing Buddhists in Nakhon Pathom Province. Ay mixed methodology research was employed which involved a survey-based quantitative research conducted with 312 laity samples from 1,402. The sampling was based on Taro Yamane. The statistical applications for data analysis was used in the paired comparative studies. The in-depth interview was conducted in the qualitative research with applying content analysis technique to analyze data based on the research objectives. The results revealed that
- In general, the level of self-practice according to Puññakiriyā-vatthu Principle of the Wat Rai Khing Buddhists in Nakhon Pathom Province was at often level (=3.59). By each aspect, it was found that the most often level ( = 4.24) while the least often level (= 2.47)
- The comparison of self-practice according to Puññakiriyā-vatthu Principle of the Wat Rai Khing Buddhists in Nakhon Pathom Province classified by personal data revealed that those with different educational degrees, careers and monthly income by overview as not different. The hypothesis as therefore rejected. On the contrary, those with different sex and ages, by overview, had different levels of the self-practice according to Puññakiriyā-vatthu Principle by statistical significance at 0.05 level. The hypothesis was thus retained.
- The problems and barriers over self-practice according to Puññakiriyā-vatthu Principle of the Wat Rai Khing Buddhists, were mostly found that they had seldom time for the temple visit, alms giving, merit giving to others, chanting and meditation, absence of respect and honor to each other, absence of goodwill, shortage of knowledge and intellectval to solve different problems, and shortage of doing good.
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