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Khon Kaen abbot caught with forbidden fruit

by JAKKRAPAN NATHANRI, The Bangkok Post, 29 Jan 2016

KHON KAEN, Thailand -- A temple abbot caught in a locked hall at night with a woman follower explained to angry villagers he was not having sex with her - he merely hungered for jujubes and had asked her to bring him his favourite fruit.

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Temple puts up “No Ritual” performance notice amid child angel fever

Thai PBS, January 29, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- The popular Buakwan temple in Nonthaburi today put up a sign announcing the halting of the performance of Buddhism  ritual for the "child angels" after many people flocking the temple with their superstitious dolls for the rituals.

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No signs of foul play Wat Sa Ket ex-abbot's death

Bangkok Post, 28 Jan 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Police are continuing their investigation into the death of a former Sangha Supreme Council member, but say they have found nothing that points to foul play.

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Former Wat Sa Ket abbot found hanged

The Bangkok Post, 25 Jan 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- The former abbot of a well-known royal monastery in Bangkok was found dead at the temple on Monday morning.
Police found the body of Phra Phromsuthi (Chao Khun Sanoh), 58, on a bed at Wat Sa Ket in Pomprap Sattruphai district at 8am. His brother and disciples said they had found him hanging in his quarters and brought the body down.

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Damaging the good name of Buddhism

by Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Bangkok Post, 26 Jan 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Sangha Supreme Council's (SSC) nomination of Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn or Somdet Chuang to be the next supreme patriarch has sparked a series of heated debates and stirred up concerns in our Buddhist community over the weeks. The row mainly focuses on whether the 90-year-old monk who is abbot of Wat Pak Nam is truly qualified for the top job.

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