The Most Venerable Phrarajbhavanavisudh (Luang Phaw Dhammajayo), the abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and president of Dhammakaya Foundation has a desire that children and adults alike have the opportunity to study the teaching of the Lord Buddha and are able to apply what they learn to their everyday life so that they become knowledgeable and virtuous, capable of developing themselves, the society, and the country to prosperity.
Based upon this desire, university students who were members of Buddhist clubs in different universities organized the first “Path for Progress Ethics Contest” concerning the topic “The 38 Blessings of Life” in 1982. There were 382 contestants in the first contest. The contest has gained more interest from students in different schools in subsequent contests as the number of participants has increased from a few hundred to thousand, ten thousand, and million. In the 17th Path for Progress Ethics Contest which was held in 1998, there were 1,355,154 participants. In 2007, the number of contestants amounts to 5,074,901 from 16,977 schools.