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The aims of this research were: 1) to study the history and development of Nong Pa Phong temple, Non Phueng sub-district, Warin Chamrap districtn Ubonratchathani province; 2) to study the method of branch expansion of Nong Pa Phong temple; 3) to propose a model for branch expansion for the temple. This study was carried out by means of a qualitative research through investigating of relevant information from documents and interviews of 34 key informants. The obtained data are presented by the descriptive writing.
The study of the history and development of Nong Pa Phong temple found that the original place was a think forest, with 187 rai of land. It was established 1954. Today, the temple area has been extended to 300 rai. In 1975, a chapel was built. Today, Nong Pa Phong temple has 331 branches in the country and 20 branches in foreign countries, in total 351 braches.
The method of branch expansion of Nong Pa Phong temple is divided into 4 methods: 1) accepting temple offerings; 2) land offering only to build a temple as a branch; 3) finding the suitable locations to build the temple by monks; 4) branch expansion request to the government offices.
The model of branch expansion of Nong Pa Phong temple is appropriate to present the expansion of the branch office to practice the dhammas by establishing a committee for consideration. The establishment of the temple branch requires a resolution of the Sangha council for the purity and virtue of administration.
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