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Chanting ceremonies in honour of Their Majesties

More than 30,000 temples nationwide and many others overseas will hold simultaneous Buddhist chanting ceremonies along with meditation in honour of Their Majesties the King and Queen on Wednesday, the Sangha Council said yesterday.

The chanting ceremonies are being held to mark Coronation Day, which falls on Monday.

The main prayer ceremony will be held at the Emerald Buddha Temple in Bangkok with 500 senior monks participating, council spokesman Phra Maha Maythee said, adding that a specific chant had been chosen to expel evil from the country.

"With the country divided, this prayer will bring calm and help people focus on good and wisdom," he said.

The monk also called on Thais to recognise the importance of His Majesty in their lives and realise that he is being affected by the constant disputes.

Meanwhile, Phra Phothi Nanthamunee, a senior monk at the Thai monastery in Bodhgaya, India, said this chant aimed to instil three qualities - consciousness, virtue and compassion.

"Prayer alone cannot solve the country's problems, people who are behind these problems also have to practise these three qualities," he added.

The monk also said the caretaker prime minister and the leader of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee should realise that people want peace.

"You would show true compassion if you retreat and let the country win so there can be peace," he said.


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