The Business of Buddhism in Thailand

People, as far as my research leads, in public  first began commenting on the commercialization of Buddhism in Thailand in the mid twentieth century, around the 1950s or so. This was shortly after Ajahn Mun and his students brought Kammathana Dhutanga Buddhism to Northeast Thailand. The Forest Monks of Ajahn Mun and his students can now be found around the globe practicing pure Buddhism as taught and practiced by the Buddha himself. Here in Thailand the daily news is full of stories on thievery, drug use and ownership of expensive vehicles amongst the Sangha. Thai monks are alms mendicants, no matter what the Thai Sangha and their government masters might prefer to promote. Buddhism is the practice of moderation and mindfulness not conspicuous and excessive consumption practiced and refined in Thailand.
Recently Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesheko, a student of Luang Por Chah left the monkhood.

Thais excersized their right to comment all over their favorite form of social media, Facebook, where one can demonstrate their lack of knowledge along with thousands of their equally ignorant peers. A monk who kept the Vinaya, taught people without compensation and conducted himself with dignity is suddenly thrown into the same pot as the scammers in brown who continue to embarass themselves and the Government that encourages them. Monks accused of materialistic lifestyle, reads the headline. The monks have been consumed with commecialism not in spite of government conduct, but because of the encouragement of the government. The Thai government never sees fault in itself. It is always the fault of those who look to the government. The only law that should govern Bhikkhus is the Vinaya and there is no exception to the Vinaya, not even Thai law.

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