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Monk flips off man who refuses to make donation to Buddhism

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They used to say to me in the forces. " You are not saluting the man, you salute the uniform he represents "

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The problem is that there are many times people dressed as monks or monks from somewhere far far away coming to beg for money. We had a bunch of monks that came from Bangkok to beg for money... I stay in Sukothai 4-500 km from Bangkok.

I can give money but I only give to a temple that is nearby or that I visit frequently.

I always say ' i gave last year' it's priceless, it leaves them open mouthed.

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Fundamentally, I don't see much wrong with Buddhism.

What I do see is wrong is the Thai mis-application of Buddhism.

It is hard to escape the accusation of "They are just men in saffron robes" when Thais can go and be a monk for a month - and then revert to self after leaving the wat. Very often the reasons for becoming a monk are flawed and done under family pressure.

And atone for sins in the hope that once more MONEY will flow into their pockets. It's the same with "making merit," when people give boatloads of money to temples. They are doing it in hope of getting something in return, which is so NOT buddhist.

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Genuine and sincere monks do not as a rule walk around asking for money.

As another poster has said they can become a monk for a month, usually a ' get out of jail free card ' after committing some heinous crime.

I have only ever been approached in Thailand once by monks for money around 5.30am when I was buying some early morning BBQ, they were from outside the district and asked for 100 baht for food, which I gave.I was caught off guard by them asking. That's the only time in 20 plus years I have been asked.

I have been approached many times by scam monks in Siem Reap and Phnom Penn but I was told by the local Cambodians that those guys were neither monks nor Cambodian, they were Chinese scam artists. When I asked why they were not arrested I ewas told they paid local law enforcement weekly.

Should have been easy to tell the Chinese apart from the Cambodians though. The Chinese have light skin (sometimes from far away I mistake chinese for westerners) while Cambodians have dark skin.

Anyway, just a tip. If you're not sure, just give them a "nihao" and you'll know they're fake once they respond.

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Isn't that a sacred mudra sign he is throwing up there?

wai2.gif Not so bad; ISIS (and Obama) hold up the index finger to show they are followers of their brand of religion.bah.gif

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Peoples please have a good look...the poor monk have only one finger on his hand...he just like to say hello...

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Monks on their early morning round in our village in Bangkok used to arrive in a near new BMW which they hid in a back soi.Pretty pointless the whole village knew but they still used to get food and money,from Thais.....bless them

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Remember, they just men in orange robes!

Not exactly true. They are awful and deceiving men in orange robes.

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....I have encountered 'women in white'....and they do not have an air of holiness about them...they really seem businesslike...

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I can think of many words but ' bless them ' are not two of them!

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One bad monk is news. Thousands of good monks is nothing.

That's right because because they are people who have taken on a higher calling and are fed and housed by the community in return for their trusted guidance and blessing. Consistently good behaviour is the most basic actions they should live by all the time. At least they're not those horrible and nasty kiddy-diddling Catholic priests.

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Not to forget most if not all The Royal Thai Police are Buddhists too and look at the the way the carry on.

1 minute there waiing the next they are extorting money, accepting bribes, operating gambling dens, assisting powerful drug dealers,

lying in court, setting up scams against tourists etc

Under all circumstances, Money is number 1 in Thailand.

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True Monks are not allowed to ask for donations of food or anything else, that is begging. It is up to the Thai people to give them food, or money or clothing on their morning walks.

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