DVA Thailand Project

We at DVA send Metta to all the Thai people. May you all be healthy and safe.

DVA is very excited to announce the launching of our third countrywide Project in Thailand, joining our Projects in Sri Lanka and Vietnam, which have been going strong for several years. We are equally as excited to announce our new Director of the Project, Chirra Taworntawat, who likes to be called Banks. Banks is a former monk and is currently a Buddhist practitioner. He is a Ph.D. candidate in public health at the renowned Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He is bilingual, speaking Thai and English, having attending University in the UK. Banks is also well known in Thailand for his vegan mentoring on his own YouTube Channel Coach Banks with over 382,000 followers. You can also find Coach Banks on Facebook: เคล็ดลับง่ายๆรักษาโรคด้วยอาหาร และการเป็นเศรษฐีความสุข

We are working with the approximately 300,000 monastics in Thailand, the great majority of whom eat a great deal of animal flesh and animal products. Some of the biggest and most influential temples in Thailand are working with DVA by welcoming our presentations on the health benefits of a plant-based or, at least, a vegetarian diet. Banks and Dr. Ting made our first presentation at the renowned Wat (temple) Mahathat.

Banks and Dr. Ling sitting with monastics
DVA Thailand Project Director Chirra Taworntawat “Banks” (3rd from the right) and Thai medicine doctor, Dr. Ting (4th from right), sitting with monastics at the Wat Mahathat (Temple) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Banks giving talk
DVA Thailand Project Director Chirra Taworntawat “Banks,” giving a talk at the Wat Mahathat (Temple) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dr. Ling giving talk
Dr. Ting giving a talk at the Wat Mahathat (Temple) in Bangkok ,Thailand
Sign for Mahathat
Wat Mahathat (Temple) in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Recent Presentations

Since the pandemic lockdown ended this summer, DVA Thailand Project team of Director Banks, who will be receiving his PhD. in Public Health later this year, and Thai traditional medicine Doctor Ting, have made very well-attended presentations at the following Wats: Mahathat, Rama 9, Toongsaeri, Ladprao, Prommarangsi, Lamkradam, Prayasurain, Gog, Lamgadaan, Somchin, Prachabumrung, Laksam, Witmuttayaram, Bangteoy, Pleang, Palerdtum, Lerdtumnimit, Todsatid, and Hong.


Cooking Classes

In partnership with Sinergia Animal, DVA Thailand has been conducting cooking classes with the kitchen staff of both Rama 9 and Lerdtumnimit.

DVA believes that by offering classes on how to cook healthy, great-tasting food, the Wats will serve more plant-based meals, improving the health of the monks and setting an example for other Wats all over Thailand.


Since May Banks has continued to make Facebook live presentations about the health benefits of a plant-based diet with several monastics watching. Using his Public Health background, Banks is also sharing nutritional information with many monastics by telephone.

After a very productive meeting with the abbot of Wat Chet Lin in Chiang Mai, DVA will soon schedule a presentation. The abbot invited DVA hoping that we will help him persuade the other 21 monks to give up animals as food.

Bob and abbot sitting outside.
Bob and the abbot of Wat Chet Lin in Chiang Mai

DVA’s Thailand Project Team

Chirra Taworntawat (Banks)
Chirra Taworntawat (Banks)

Chirra Taworntawat (Banks), Director of Thailand Project, PhD. candidate in Public Health at Chulalongkorn University, former monk, YouTube Channel personality.

 
Venerable Srikanade Panyapachoto (Ven. P)
Venerable Srikanade Panyapachoto (Ven. P)

Venerable Srikanade Panyapachoto (Ven. P) has been a Thai monk for 12 years. Throughout his ordained life, he has always been interested in the health of other monks and using food as medicine. He has been helping other monks obtain benefits and other privileges that monks ought to receive in healthcare. He does that by founding a well-known Facebook group called “Pra Chuay Pra” (meaning monks help monks). The group focuses on having discussions about the issues monks have. They also provide support to monks who need travel expenses, food, or medicine.

Ven. P has health problems of his own which are mainly respiratory, lungs, and allergies. Through his experiences of taking medications, he found that medicine could not heal him like food. The type of food that he primarily found answers to his problems is plant-based. That is why he’s convinced that using the right kind of food and herbs and avoiding consuming animal products are the best ways to take back control of his health and monks alike.

Ven P. is helping DVA interact with monks and answering questions from lay people on the DVA Thailand Facebook page.

Place of residence: Buddhimit Temple, Saraburi Province

Aom Sasinan
Aom Sasinan

Aom Sasinan, Assistant to the Director of the DVA Thailand Project.

Venerable Bhante Anandajoti
Venerable Bhante Anandajoti

Venerable Bhante Anandajoti, member of DVA’s Advisory Board, Professor at International Buddhist College (IBC) in Songkhla, Thailand.

Dr. Pirata Chiravatcharatikul (Ting)
Dr. Pirata Chiravatcharatikul (Ting)

Dr. Pirata Chiravatcharatikul (Ting), Thai Traditional Medicine Doctor.

Varapol (Jop) Chensavasdijai
Varapol (Jop) Chensavasdijai

Varapol Chensavasdijar (Jop), Thailand Chapter Leader and Thai diplomat.

Kalayanee Yimsiri
Kalayanee Yimsiri

Kalayanee Yimsiri of Veganerie Restaurant, in Bangkok, Diet Consultant.

Heng Guan Hou
Heng Guan Hou

Heng Guan Hou, Myanmar Chapter Leader, Entrepreneur, and Vice President of the Center for a Responsible future, formerly the Vegetarian Society Singapore.

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