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Putting Dhamma to work

Thai entrepreneur Supachai Verapuchong has seen the best and worst of times in Cambodia but Buddhist faith helps him keep life in perspective.

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  • Writer: Nalin Viboonchart
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Imagine pouring all the profits from your business into a high-end hotel in a foreign country. The business is going well. Then overnight, your beautiful hotel is destroyed by arson. As a businessperson, do you dare start over again? Staring at the ruins, you might feel there’s no hope for the future. 

Supachai Verapuchong felt nothing. He resolved calmly to start over, and quickly. A new hotel would rise in Cambodia. His other damaged businesses — pharmaceutical trading and a TV station — would be revived as well, and even more investments would follow, including a golf course in Siem Reap and a new three-star hotel in Phnom Penh.

A devout Buddhist and lifelong student of dhamma, Supachai harbours no bitterness toward those who destroyed what he built up a decade ago. As deputy managing director of Thai Nakorn Patana, and managing director of the Phokeethra Group, he remains just as committed today to creating opportunities in Cambodia as he was when he first entered the country.

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