Early last week, Ratchanee Kalakul, a Hornsby residence, went to Thailand to join the fourth DOU graduation ceremony held at the Dhammakaya Temple on the first Sunday of July witnessed by thousands of Buddhist followers who came to congratulate the success of all the graduates.
Ratchanee is a single mother of two teenagers and also a working mum. Despite of the very busy daily routine, she can find time to enroll herself in the Dhammakaya Open University or DOU. The course involves the study of the Dhamma and practice, together with Meditation.
Ratchanee has put the knowledge she gained from the course to help in self-development to be a person of virtuous attributes and bringing peace into her life and people around her. Ratchanee enjoyed the experience of long distance learning that the university had offered. It allows her to carry out her study in her free time without having to re-arrange her daily routine.
Four years on, her hard work is paid off as she is Sydney’s first DOU bachelor degree graduate. She was among the proud graduates from around the world, elegantly dressed in red and yellow trimmed, white graduation gown, celebrating their success in this memorable day.
Reporter: Tisarat Pancharoen