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Posted 2012-01-18 10:57:29
I have stumbled across some videos of bad monks in Thailand - a different side of Buddhism.
In this first video the police enter into a monk's kuti to find marijuana, yaabaa and various drug taking implements such as bongs. The police drag him before the abbot and he is instantly disrobed
This is another video with a disrobing. I cannot understand what it is about but the people seem angry with the exmonk.
Posted 2012-01-18 10:58:29
More police raids and arrests of drug taking monks
Drunk monk picked up and breathalised
Posted 2012-01-18 10:58:48
This one involved guns and a monk who is disrobed. Not sure what it is about
Massive alms round collection business
Posted 2012-01-18 10:58:59
Police raid catches porno collecting Abbot
Can anyone who can understand Thai help out - what is going on in some of these?
Posted 2012-01-18 11:24:48
In the first video they get him topoint at the yaabaa tablets...a common thing here where they get the accused to re-enact the crime. They said he also had women come and sleep with him in his guti.
The second is a well known and respected ChiangMai monk who attracted to a girl from another monk and shot someone dead.
The drunk monk tested at 391mg alcohol after claiming that he only drank two cans of Chang beer. he also spoke about selling dogs to Vietnam for slaughter.
Posted 2012-01-18 11:32:03
There are bad people in all religion.
Catholic priest sexually abuse young boys, Islam teacher caught drinking, Thai monk being gay, etc etc, the list go on.
We all should help to report bad behaviors to make religion a better institution, so that all our faith can depend on.
Posted 2012-01-18 12:43:05
Well, at least the bad behaviour isn't been covered up, and is being punished. Nick Wilgus' "Father Ananda" series of books covers this type of thing. I quite liked the second book, which dealt with human trafficking.
Posted 2012-01-18 15:25:42
Thanks Phra Fabian for the commentary.
Thanks Camerata - I had this post pulled from another so called Buddhism forum because it supposedly was disrespectful to the sangha. It is interesting how western Buddhists want to cover this sort of thing up but not the Thais.
Posted 2012-01-18 15:30:24
Standard fare in the Thai tabloids. As common as the Express or Mail outing an immigrant benefits cheat.
Posted 2012-01-19 03:34:17
There will be always be so called "bad " people in Thai Wats as often the Wats become halfway houses for people who have been or are going into prison or have HIV or drug problems or any other of a multitude of social or medical problems in an attempt to right the situation. I think that we, as westerners, tend to think that the Wats are only for holy people who are following a path to enlightenment rather than the Wats being a insitution that gives aid to those of the population that require some type of help .
Edited by xen, 2012-01-19 03:35:19.
Posted 2012-01-19 04:10:37
It's hardly surprising that in a country without any social welfare system stories such as these are so prevalent.
If someone has no job, no prospects and no food, what are their options ?
Policeman, Soldier, Monk… the first two require no criminal record…..
Thus the Wat is a last resort for many..... most of the many are simply regular folk with a shaved head and gold robes... some of the many are unreformable criminals...
Edited by richard_smith237, 2012-01-19 04:11:29.
Posted 2012-01-19 15:33:44
There are no bad people just bad (unwholesome) actions.
There is of course no free will and what's more not even people
(Check out the sutras for confirmation)
Edited by cheeryble, 2012-01-19 15:36:05.
Posted 2012-01-19 16:21:18
You may want to read your own post again.
Posted 2012-01-19 20:46:54
Bullshit. Whenever I come across a Western news item regarding the disgraceful behaviour of some 'Buddhist' monks, I know immediately that these 'monks' are Thai.
Compare the relative wealth of those from poverty stricken Burma, Cambodia, Laos, et al.
IT'S A THAI THING. Even the Thais know that.
Posted 2012-01-19 21:09:45
Posted 2012-01-19 22:53:28
There have in fact been a number of sex scandals concerning Western and foreign monks (in the Tibetan and Zen traditions) in the US and their students. Japanese "Zen masters" supported the imperial war effort in the 1940s. Monks are only human, wherever they are.
Posted 2012-01-19 23:10:26
Is it BS ? We hear about this because we are in Thailand and gravitate towards Thai based news and media.
Example: How often do we read of corruption in Costa Rica? however its possible, even likely that it exists to a greater extent than Thailand. There is no need to discuss this rhetorical point, however the point regarding Monks in Thailand is: because we are not in these other countries and we hear less stories in the media does not mean the 'grass is a cleaner shade of green' so to speak.
If we were to live in Tibet, China, Vietnam - I suspect we may making the converse assumption of Thai monks.
Posted 2012-01-20 10:19:25
No this is not 'gravitating towards Thai based news and media'. This is world wide news and media. Gun toting monks? Thailand. Visiting karaoke bars? Thailand. Trafficking? Thailand. One monk shooting another over gambling? Thailand. And on.
After 15 years here, I do still extend my interest in current affairs beyond this country you know. In fact, A cursory glance over Bangkok Post tells me all I need to know about not bothering with getting all steamed up/concerning myself with the complete BS that is Thai 'politics' here in Disneyland.
Posted 2012-01-21 11:00:29
There are plenty of scandals involving Buddhist monks in the West too - many of them visiting monks though.
In Sydney a western monk ordained Theravada monk was arrested on charges relating to drugs. He turned up in court in his robes.
Also later on it had been found that he had lied about qualifications - such as being a medical doctor (from memory).
There was a Sri lankan born monk arrested in Perth Australia a while back involving sexual penetration of a female devotee. There is an article about this in one of the online journals.
In USA there are heaps of scandals. Monks sleeping with disciples - Tibetan and Zen traditions mainly. One had aids and infected many. Recently at least 2 eldlery Japanese priests were exposed as well. Also a number of Theravada Thai monks in USA have been accused of raping young girls - with a few even getting pregnant. On, and there is one old Sri lankan in Australia who allegedly fathered a child but refused to disrobe in the 1970s. He is still a monk as far as I know - see the book by Croucher History of Buddhism in Australia.
Posted 2012-02-03 17:03:11
There are naughty Cambodian monks too
Cambodian monks roaming the Pattaya streets lined with beer bars with their alms bowls asking foreigners for money at three in morning. Pattaya police arrested 14 Khmer monks at 03:30 asking foreigners for money. The monks were detained, inspected and found out to be real monks.
Posted 2012-02-03 21:58:27
In defence of the fashion towards escaping to the Wat, this social safety net might be considered a contemporary one.
Of this generation, such activities are common place, where they weren't before.
I stand firmly in my beliefs that outside cultural influences have dealt this new generation a bad hand.