Abstract: The application of Buddhist economic philosophy in the management of cultural forests in developing the economy of local communitys should adhere to Buddhist Dharma philosophy of: óodt tăan săm-bpá-tăa; to be endowed with energy and industry and achievement of diligence, gan-yaa na mìt-dtaa; to be in good company; association with good people, sŏm chee-wì-dtaa; balanced livelihood; living economically. Where rules and regulations are created by the community in the utilization of forest resources by considering necessity, appropriateness and sustainability and aa-rák-kăa săm-bpá-tăa; to be endowed with watchfulness; achievement of protection. The management of cultural forest in the Province of Trat by utilizing Buddhist economic philosophy have increased the forests in quality, quantity, variety and density of trees and vegetation. Humans, wildlife and vegetation have all benefited from the richness of natural resources and dependency upon each other. Guidelines in managing cultural forests by application of Buddhist economic philosophy towards the development of communities in the Province of Trat is based on strategies that utilize Buddhist faith in nurturing the hearts and minds of community members. Local communities participate and have active roles in all management procedures and activities. Management procedures have activities, which encompass manufacturing, transformation and marketing which have all benefited local community economies and can be applied as a guideline so that these economic benefits are sustained for future generations.
Chonlapass Duangnapa, Phrakru Patchimwaranukul and Decha Karnjanangkura, 2009. The Utilization of Buddhist Economic Philosophy in Cultural Forest Management for Community Social and Economic Development in the Province of Trat. The Social Sciences, 4: 443-447.