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Thai Buddhist monk claims whiskey helps prevent COVID-19 after being busted for DUI

  • Phra Thanakorn, 63, is a Buddhist monk from Thailand’s Mueang Loej district who recently got caught driving intoxicated by local police.
  • The police officers said they received a report of a monk "causing mayhem" by driving around drunk and asking people for money in the market area.
  • When questioned by authorities, Thanakorn admitted to being drunk but said he drank rice whiskey mixed with lemon because he believes it helps prevent COVID-19.
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous.”
  • Thanakorn is set to be kicked out of monkhood for breaking several monastic rules, such as leaving the temple grounds during the rain retreat, asking for money, getting intoxicated and drunk driving.

A Buddhist monk in Thailand claimed that rice whiskey with lemon prevents COVID-19 after police caught him driving a pickup truck while intoxicated. 

According to local authorities, they received a report that a monk had been “causing mayhem” by driving around and asking people for money in the market area of Thailand’s Mueang Loej district on Wednesday. 

Elderly Thai Buddhist monk injured after argument over offerings turns into physical fight

  • Two monks in Thailand got into an argument that escalated into a physical fight in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand, at around 5:30 a.m. on June 15.
  • Luang Phor Lamai, 83, and ​​Phra Phisut, 60, were standing close to one another when they began arguing over which monk should move to a different spot as they were receiving offerings.
  • Pisut struck Lamai on the head above his right eyebrow with a rock several times.
  • The 83-year-old was taken to the Bang Bua Thong Hospital, where he received 13 stitches for his head injury.
  • The Bang Yai Police are currently investigating the incident. The attacker has not surrendered to the authorities, and the police are currently searching for him.

Two monks in Thailand got into a physical fight over receiving offerings. 

Luang Phor Lamai, 83, and ​​Phra Phisut, 60, got into an argument that escalated into a physical fight while receiving offerings in front of the Bang Yai City Market in Nonthaburi province at around 5:30 a.m. on June 15. 

Buddhist monk in Thailand found drunk and passed out while exposed inside temple on Thai New Year

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  • A 50-year-old Buddhist monk in Thailand earned the ire of local villagers after they found him drunk and passed out while fully exposed inside their local temple.
  • The monk reportedly had gotten drunk while celebrating the Thai New Year and was found with a bottle of strong Thai rice whisky found in his room.
  • The villagers who found him gathered photos and videos of him unconscious to collect as evidence to request his monkhood be revoked.

A Buddhist monk in Thailand drew criticism after local villagers found him drunkenly passed out and exposed in the local temple.

The 50-year-old monk, an unnamed former policeman, was found lying down on the balcony of a Buddhist temple in the Thai province of Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday afternoon. 

Thai Buddhist monk to charitably donate $500,000-plus fortune he won from a lottery

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  • A monk working at Wat Phra That Phanom Woramahawihan in the Nakhon Phanom province in northeastern Thailand has been donating the 18 million baht (approximately $537,000) he won in the lottery on March 1.
  • The monk, whose name was not revealed, reportedly shared his winnings with the temple where he lives, schools and other organizations in their area. He also donated some of his money to more than 1,000 locals, giving them 500 baht (approximately $15) each.
  • He eventually decreased the amount he was giving out to individuals to 200 baht (approximately $6) each after thousands more flocked outside their temple.
  • The monk had purportedly given out a total of 1.5 million baht (approximately $44,800) as of March 7 and has said he will give the entirety of his fortune away.

A Buddhist monk in Thailand has began giving away his over half a million dollars in lottery winnings to his temple and surrounding community.

The 47-year-old monk, who works at Wat Phra That Phanom Woramahawihan in the Nakhon Phanom province of northeastern Thailand, normally is against gambling but told Thai media he decided to help a lottery ticket vendor who was struggling to make a sale amid the COVID-19 pandemic in late February. He reportedly bought three tickets from the man three days before the bi-monthly draw on March 1.

Pchum Ben, Cambodia’s ‘Festival of the Dead,’ will end early due to COVID-19

Pchum Ben festival

October 5 marks the beginning of Pchum Ben, a 15-day religious festival in Cambodia during which Buddhists commemorate seven generations of deceased ancestors.

About the festival: The Pchum Ben Festival, also known as Cambodia’s “Festival for the Dead,” is the second biggest festival for Cambodians after the Khmer New Year. The festival will be celebrated this week from Oct. 5 to 7, reported Khmer Times