55 year old Sukun Sukundacha is the Monk of Wat Tha Rua, he provides Buddhist morality classes for students of Phuket’s Satree and Wittayalai Schools, and holds classes for the general public at the Tha Rua Temple, which is offered in both Thai and English.
Two of the main problems faced by juveniles in Thai society today are drug addiction and pregnancy, and Pra Sukun believes to eliminate these problems the most important Buddhist precepts that should be taught to students are precept 3 (no sexual misconduct) and precept 5 (do not consume alcohol).
As Phuket now has a large number of international visitors, Pra Sukum also wants those visitors to learn about the real religion of Phuket and therefore, eight years ago he started a ‘Forms of Religion Thai – English Course’, a four week course which is open to children of 7 years old up to adults, and teaches them classes in Buddhism. For two hours per week, people can be provided with an overview of Buddhism and learn about Buddhist prayers, meditation and the 4 Noble Truths. It is hoped that by the end of the four weeks all attendees can bring the teachings into their everyday lives.
Classes are free and are held every Saturday from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m at Wat Tha Rua Moo 3, Thalang, Muang Phuket Contact Tel. 087-6257570 Monk Sukun.
Every Sunday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wat Tha Rua holds a food offering for the monks of the temple where you will also be able to see the monks partake in a sermon. Please dress appropriately.
In the past, for his teachings Pra Sukun has prepared and published a Dharma Book entitled “Mongkol 38″. The book is a carton style book in Thai & English and was distributed to students. However, the books have completely run out and due to a lack of funding it is not possible for Pra Sukun to print more. If you are interested in contributing to help Pra Sukun reprint the book please make contact with him on the details above.