Royal Ecclesiastical Appointments granted to the three prominent Buddhist monks of Thailand
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochoyuhua (Rama X) of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand issued a royal command on Ecclesiastical Appointments to 3 prominent Buddhist monks of Thailand.
1. Phra Devapairyatimoli is appointed as Phra Dhammarajanuvatra. He is a Thai prominent and significant Buddhist figure of Buddhism dissemination. He is the abbot of Moleelokkayaram Temple in Bangkok and Eminent Committee Member of Academic Department of the Central Dharma Testing Service Headquarters of Thailand. He had graduated at the highest level of Buddhist Dhamma. Then he furthered his study in Bachelor Degree, Master’s Degree, and PhD in Teaching, Educational Administration, including PhD in Cultural Science. Moleelokkayaram Temple is the best clergy school that plays important role in cultivating monks and novices of the highest level of Buddhist Dhamma. All clergy students from all over Thailand come to study at this temple. At present there are over 400 clergy students who are studying at this temple. Ven. Phra Dhammarajanuvatra taught Pali and theology at this temple and made it as the best Pali and Dhamma School in Thailand. He wrote many books on Dhamma and Buddhist study.
2. Phra Rajabajramanita (alias Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro) is appointed as Phra Devabajrananamuni. He is a disciple of Luang Phor (Ajahn) Char, the most renowned Buddhist monks and meditation master. He was a British by birth and was granted a Thai citizen since March B.E. 2563 (2020). He ordained at Wat Nong Pa Phong, (International Buddhist Monastery) in Thailand and used to be abbot of this temple. He was the key figure in the movement to integrate Buddhist development principles into the Thai education system. He always gives Dhamma teachings and meditation retreats regularly. Many of his Dhamma talks are broadcast on radio and television. He has written many books on Buddhist themes in Thai language of which were translated into other languages, including Chinese, French, Italian and Portugese. With his thorough knowledge of Buddhism and modern western society, his teaching is impressed and easily understood.
3. Phra Shakyavongsevisuddhi (alias Venerable Fra Ani Man Sakya) is appointed as Phra Devashakyavamshapandita. He was a Nepalese by birth and became a Thai citizen in B.E. 2015 (1972). He ordained since the age of 14. He was assistant secretary to the late His Holiness Somdet Phra Sangharaja Chao Krommaluang Vajirañāṇasaṃvara (Phra Nyanasamvara, the 19th Supreme Patriarch of Thailand). He was the first Buddhist monk to have received a scholarship from the late His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) to pursue a social anthropology degree at Cambridge University, and a PhD in the same filed from Brunel University in the United Kingdom. He is a Deputy Rector for Foreign Affairs at Mahamkut Buddhist University and lecturer on religious and cultural studies at many leading colleges in Thailand and overseas. He is also Advisor of The WFB and Rector of the World Buddhist University. He represents the modern face of Thai Buddhism, a bridge between the Sangha’s principled authority and the ever-changing realities of lay people’s existence.