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null Tribute to our Board member Dr Parichart Suwanbubbha (1958-2016)

Dr Parichart SuwanbubbhaIt is with very deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Prof. Dr Parichart Suwanbubbha on the morning of 6 December 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand after a long battle with illness. The memorial service will be held from 7 to 13 December at the Makutkasatriyaram Temple in Bangkok. Dr Suwanbubbha was a Member of the Board of Foundation from 2009 to 2016. Originally from Thailand, she taught Buddhism, Christianity, interreligious dialogue and ethics for the last twenty years. She was an expert in peace building and conflict resolution, conducted frequent dialogues between groups of military personnel, religious leaders and Buddhist and Muslim villagers in the deep south of Thailand. She was appointed to the Board of Foundation to represent the Buddhist community and to bring to the Board and to her strong interfaith and peacemaking experiences. Executive Director Obiora Ike said: "With a heavy heart, all of us at have learnt painfully of the Home return to the creator of all nature of our much chershed Dr Parichart. We console the family and share in this loss with prayers that she rests in perfect peace. We have learnt to surrender life to the call of death when it calls and to pick it up again in eternity without boundary and tenure. Death is the common reality which all nature encounter.  It comes to all differently but it comes. We share our warm thoughts and regards at this time. Dr Parichart left many good memories that shows that she lives on. She lives in her services to  We shall keep her memory alive."
Commenting on her passing Christoph Stückelberger, President of says: "Parichart was a small, soft speaking, peaceful and very respectful person. When she started speaking and acting as a mediator between conflict groups, she was so impressively powerful and convincing that I was always surprised. She lived the secret of Buddhist spirituality, combining peaceful non-violence with transformative power and love from the inner center. We are deeply thankful for her service for and share our sorrow with her family and her many friends, colleagues and supporters not only in Thailand but around the world."
Walter Fust, former Chairman of the Board, shared: "I am very sad to hear about the passing away of Dr. Parichart. She was a wonderful person and a very engaged board member of We shall keep her in our best memories. May her soul rest in peace".
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Parichart Suwanbubbha's biography

Prof. Dr Suwanbubbha, born in 1958, was a Buddhist who studied Systematic Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and her MA in religious studies at the University of Chicago. She did her PhD on ‘Grace and Karma: A Case Study of Religio- Cultural Encounters in Protestant and Buddhist Communities in Bangkok and its Relevant Environs, Thailand' at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakornpathom, Thailand. She was also a volunteer teacher for Buddhist novices and monks at Nangnong Temple, Bangkok, Thailand and conducted courses at the University of Hamburg. She was affiliated with the American Academy of Religion, U.S.A., the Asian Conference on Religion and Peace, Thailand Chapter, and the World Fellowship for Buddhists, Thailand. Parichart Suwanbubbha was also a Vice Director at the Mahidol Research Center for Peace Building and a famous, widely recognised mediator in Buddhist-Muslim conflicts in South Thailand and in national conflicts in Thailand.