BANGKOK, 1 August 2012 – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has organized a ceremony to present books to monks as a gesture of merit-making on the occasion of the Asalha Bucha Day.
Deputy Bangkok Governor Taya Teepsuwan presided over the good-book offering event in front of Amarin Plaza Shopping Center at Ratchaprasong Intersection. The books were offered to 199 monks.
The project is initiated by the BMA with the collaboration from DMG Books, and the public and private sectors. The project encourages Thai people to donate good books when wishing to make merits. Most of the books will be later transferred to BMA libraries.
Ms Taya said the good-book offering as merit-making event gives monks and novices more knowledge, which is considered a great deed in Buddhism. The book donations will be later presented to BMA libraries as part of the government’s policy to encourage people to read more.
Most of the books being donated are Dharma books, which are suitable for readers of all ages.
Another good-book offering event is expected to take place on the Mother’s Day, August 12th, in a merit-making gesture dedicated for Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the royal birthday.