Thursday 26 April 2018

Video: Jet-setting Monks criticised over lavish lifestyle

Mark McConville

Mark McConville

BUDDHIST Monks were said to be acting "inappropriately and not adhering to Buddha's teachings of simplicity and self-restraint"

Thailand's national Buddhism body are now monitoring behaviour of monks after YouTube footage was released showing a group of monks on a private jet.


The video shows the monks wearing stylish sunglasses, listening to earphones and carrying luxury hand luggage.


The Office of National Buddhism director-general Nopparat Benjawatananun warned the monks not to repeat the lavish behaviour, after the footage had attracted criticism from Buddhists nationwide.


Last year, about 300 Buddhist monks  in Thailand were disciplined because of their improper behaviour that ranged from alcohol consumption to having sex with women.


This kind of behaviour is a contrast of the message that appears on the temple which reads: "The true core of those who preach Buddha's teachings is to not to own any objects at all."


One suggestion was made to help prevent this from happening in the future, was for followers to stop spoiling the Monks with lavish objects and vices.

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