Interfaith Council

Dr. Patrichart Suwanbubbha

Professor for Buddhist Ethics and Vice Director of the Mahidol University Research Center for Peace Studies in Bangkok

Dr. Parichart Suwanbubbha is an assistant professor at Development and Religion Graduate Study Programme, Humanities Department, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakornpathom, Thailand. She is a Buddhist who studied Systematic Theology at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and AMRS at University of Chicago. She has been working at Mahidol and teaches about Christianity, Dialogue and Ethics.

She also serves as a director of The Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies. Here she involves with conducting dialogue for groups of military, religious leaders, villagers both Buddhists and Muslims including women and children at the 3 provinces of deep south of Thailand. These areas are encountering with the violent situations. Her work is also focused on the violence in the juvenile center at Hatyai, Songkla where the violent situation is approaching more and more. It is an important contribution to apply ‘dialogue’ as the tool for deep listening and conflict transformation among the officers and children.

She then connects her dialogue work with Contemplative Education Center, the new program of Mahidol University. Through the integration of these three work, it is possible to introduce the outer work and inner work to students and children in the schools and juvenile centers. The process of dialogue is added by the encouragement to exercise spiritual practices by the experience through participatory based learning. Through activities and deep listening, children are able to develop the inner value by heart, head and hand.

She is also a secretary of Religions for Peace, Interreligious Council of Thailand. This organization aims at involving the roles of interreligious leaders and actors for peacebuilding. At the same time, she is a board of Foundation, Switzerland for promoting a worldwide digital library for the endless learning circle.

Recently, she has served as a steering committee of ‘A Child Rights Approach for Faith Community Life’. Therefore she expects to contribute and learn from her new involvement with ‘Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children’, Arigatou International.