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Many Buddhist Monks Do What Lord Buddha Renounced

It has been suggested that the founder of Buddhism used to enjoy wealth, power, status, and all kinds of otherworldly pleasures, including sex, before enlightenment.

All the others began from zero. Talk about a complete reversal of fortunes.

When one tries to separate himself from temptations, one begins to grow more attached to what one did not previously have. Despite Lord Buddha’s message of simplicity and humility, they wanted air-conditioned living quarters and chauffeured limousines.

In spite of the teachings, people clung to positions like they were their ultimate goal. It is love, greed, anger, and indulgence that cause people to suffer; they cry or complain if they, or someone they love, does not get promoted.

A popular “Buddhist” sect in Thailand has been promoting the idea that the greater the donation, the higher in heaven the donor will reach. In that sect, the achievement is measured by money, the size of land, the number of followers, and a building. He stressed honesty; many played politics after leaving the monastery.

Traditionally, religious controversies have been centred around things Lord Buddha tried to cut his ties to. Some of those things can be avoided more easily than others, however. As an example, love is difficult to eradicate, in the general sense of the word. It is important to remember, however, that if one is not ready to try, one should not have been ordained in the first place. It would have been best if Yantra remained an ordinary man, for example, if he still wanted sex.

Because of this, seeing Buddhist monks getting emotional about not receiving the status they “love” or respect, is odd, to say the least.

“Human rights” are also to blame. When considering Buddhist monks, rules and principles must be applied differently. In the same way that students have to take exams to assess their readiness for certain doctrines, they are undergoing some tests. Using human rights standards to support monks actually encourages them to exploit loopholes, taking them farther from their intended goals.

Despite Thailand’s Buddhist progress, it has mostly been backward. There are amulets that supposedly protect wearers from bullets and are exorbitantly priced. Sexual scandals are rife. Many people have been told by famous “monks” that heaven is like a condominium and that they have to out-donate others in order to get a place in the highest suite after they die. While “monks” drink to the night’s end. They predict the lottery. Monks perform blessings for cars that have just been purchased, such as Mercedes or sports cars.

Is wearing amulets or selling them at obscene prices a human right? Certainly. Do you have the right to donate as much as you want or to have your car blessed? Absolutely. Can you cry about a promotion? Certainly. Does that violate Buddhist principles? Undoubtedly.

Buddhists believe that they own nothing, not even their own bodies. It doesn’t make sense to try to make an amulet that can protect something you don’t own from bullets, accidents, or diseases. For example, why would you sprinkle holy water on “your” car?

The lotto serves human greed and lust (and to be fair, it gives hope, and humans need hope), but monks have no business getting involved in the lotto game. Superhero monks who predict lottery winning numbers or make political comments are not needed in Thai Buddhism because those activities encourage egotism or vanity, the religion’s most dangerous enemies.

Buddhism has been mocked by many people outside the religion. One insult says, “The point is to be as dead as possible, in order to live well.” This is to be expected, and Lord Buddha wouldn’t mind it either. What we all have seen and witnessed is the far greater taunt from those on the inside.

By Tulsathit Taptim

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