Thailand

The Monk Who Ordains Trees

The Venerable Phra Prachak is a quiet Buddhist monk. But for his effort to save the forests from destruction, he has become a target of the Thai military’s National Peace Keeping Council

Beautiful Forest
In 1989, after 12 years in monastic robes, Venerable Phra arrived at a forest named Dong Yai in the Prakum district of northeast Thailand. With the encouragement of the villagers, he agreed to establish a monastery on the condition that the villagers help him protect 5000 hectares of forest for the practice of dharma, an aspect of the Buddhist religion, and ecological conservation.

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