Photos of a Burmese Chinese actor who dressed up as a monk have gone viral on Asian social media.
A Thai monk who won the lottery jackpot of 18 million Thai Baht ($589,000) fled to an undisclosed location after people stormed his temple to ask for donations.
Ajahn Montri Samujjo, a 67-year-old monk at Wat Thinnakorn Nimit in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand, won three lottery tickets worth 6 million Thai Baht ($196,300) each during the Sunday draw, according to Khaosod News via Thai Residents.
A Buddhist master from Taiwan became an online celebrity for throwing up on a carpet after spinning for four minutes straight during a blessing ritual.
Buddhist monks across Japan are now banding together online to show their support for a monk who was fined for driving while wearing their traditional robe last year.
Buddhist officials in Thailand are on the hunt for a monk that went viral for having well-toned abs.
The still unidentified cleric has been dubbed by netizens as the “six-pack monk” after photos of his exposed abs were posted online and became widely shared on social media.
Thai Monk Who Flew on Private Jets Gets 16 More Years in Jail for Raping Underage Girl
A former Thai monk who shot to fame for flying on private jets was sentenced to 16 more years in prison for raping an underage girl.
Wirapol Sukphol, 39, was found guilty of taking away a 14-year-old girl from her parents and having sex with her over a period of nearly two years.
China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs is investigating Xuecheng, the abbot of Longquan Temple in Beijing after documents surfaced claiming that the high-ranking Buddhist monk coerced nuns into having sex.
The sexual misconduct allegation was outlined in a 95-page document prepared by two former monks at the monastery and posted on social media platform Weibo, according to Reuters via South China Morning Post.
A Buddhist guest house situated in an ancient temple in Mount Kōya, Japan has received critical reviews on Booking.com, with many commenting on the site’s “basic” amenities.
In response to the negative reviews, Daniel Kimura, a resident monk and an official Shingon priest at the Sekishoin Shukubo guest house, berated the tourists for not keeping their expectations in check prior to visiting Japanese temples.
A Tibetan man died earlier this week after setting himself on fire in an apparent protest against the Chinese government’s rule in the autonomous region.
The man, identified as Konpe, set himself ablaze around 6 p.m. on December 23 and died around 5 p.m. the following day. He was a former monk at Kirti monastery.
A celebrity monk has caused an online frenzy after a photo of him holding his baby daughter was posted online while he was temporarily ordained.
Thai singer Thassapak “Bie” Chii and his wife, actress Sumontip “Gubgib” Chii, were heavily criticized by netizens after Gubgib posted a picture of her husband on her Instagram account, Sanook reported (via Coconuts Bangkok).