Her Royal Highness Princess Sangwan Mahidol, the Princess Mother, felt that students and government officials who are studying or serving aboard ought to posses a handbook outlining the teachings of the Buddhist religion for use as a manual from which they could learn how to act in accordance with those teachings and how to explain some principles of Buddhism to foreign friends desirous to learn about them.
Her Royal Highness therefore requested the Venerable Phra Sasanasobhana (สุวฑฺฒโน) of Wat Bovoranives Vihara to write, in conformance with her own outline, a Thai text entitled “ What did the Boddha teach ?”. Then Phra Khantipalo ( Laurence C.R.Mills) also of Wat Bovoranives Vihara and Phra Nagaseno of Wat Benjamabopitr were requested to make the preliminary translation of that text into English.
Afterwards Phya Srivisarnvacha , Police Lieutenant Colonel Ed Na Pombejra and Mr. John Blofeld were asked to go over the English version.
After certain modifications had been made to her satisfaction,Her Royal Highness ordered both the Thai text and the English version to be published concurrently in pamphlet form on the occation of her birthday anniversary.
October 21st B.E.2510(1967)
Eighty years before the commencement of the Buddhist Era, a great man was born into the world. He was the son of King Suddhodana and Queen Siri Maha Maya of Kapilavastu of the Sakka Country which is now within the boundaries of Napal. His name was “Siddhattha”.
The focal point of worship in Buddhism is the Ti-ratana ( the Triple Gem) namely the Buddha who by himself discovered, realized and proclaimed the Dhamma, thereby establishing the Buddhist religion, the Dhamma ( Universal Truth) discovered, realized and proclaimed by the Buddha and the Sangka or community of those who hear,follow and realize the Buddha’s Teachings. Some members of the Sangka become monks and help in the dissemination of Buddhism and the perpetuation of monkhood up to the present time.
2 Samudaya; which means the cause of suffering which is desire. It is a compelling urge of the mind, such as the longing to own what we desire, to be what we desire to be, or to avoid those statuses to which we feel aversion.
Phra Sasanasobhana (สุวฑฺฒโน) What did the Buddha Teach? Amarin Printing Group Co.,Ltd.,Thailand