Interesting article from the Nation, it shows clearly some of the assumptions that Thai people make about religion and the state:Is anyone here thinking of His Majesty the King?
By Thanong Khanthong
The Nationhttp://www.nationmultimedia.com/home/20 ... 30873.html
Thailand is part of the broader "Suvarnabhumi", a fertile land rich in natural resources. Suvarnabhumi covers a vast territory that includes Burma, southern China, Indochina and the Malay peninsula. Thailand is the nucleus of this "Golden Land". It is a sacred land of Buddhism, known as "Buddhabhumi". Suvarnabhumi is a land where Buddhism has prospered since the passing of the Lord Buddha more than 2,500 years ago. When the next Buddha, or Maitreya, is born to this world again, he will choose Suvarnabhumi as his birthplace, to show the way for mankind, so that we may escape the cycle of suffering. Equally important, Thailand is blessed with the world's longest-serving monarch, 82-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has reigned over this sacred land of Suvarnabhumi for more than 60 years.
The combination of chat (nationhood through the sacred land of Suvarnabhumi), sasana (religion through Buddhism) and phra mahakasat (monarchy through King Bhumibol) makes Thailand a unique country. Together, chat, sasana and phra mahakasat form a perfect trinity. Thailand can't be Thailand if we lose chat, which represents our land and our way of life. We'll lose our pillar of faith and the great purpose of life if we no longer have Buddhism. And we'll lose our soul and identity if we lose the monarchy. As the old Thai saying goes: Raja pen sa-nga haeng khwaen (our king is the dignity of the land).
King Bhumibol is a philosopher-king in the Platonic ideal, and a universal monarch in the grand tradition of ancient Thai kings, who aspire for Buddhahood. He strictly practices the Ten Royal Virtues as follows (see www.lankalibrary.com