Buddhists should not judge monks’ misconduct and should leave them to Buddhist councils, National Buddhism Office Director says

Sippaworn Kaewngam

Bangkok –

Thai Buddhists should respect Buddhist monks and must not judge their wrongdoings but rather leave the consideration to the Buddhist councils, the Director of the National Buddhism Office said.

Director Sippaworn Kaewngam told reporters yesterday, May 29th, that Buddhists must respect the monks, saying that it was one of the symbols of Buddhism to help develop Buddhism in Thailand.

“Everyone must work together to protect Buddhism. Don’t use your own thoughts to judge things above law and disrespect the power of the Buddhist council. This will confuse people. A monk’s fault must be considered and executed by the monks as it has always been defined in the rules of the Sangha Council.” the Director insisted.

He also reassured the public that the related departments were taking serious action and did not neglect any misconduct among the Buddhist monks. However, the procedures may take some time as they were sensitive matters and could affect the feelings of Buddhists. Therefore, the procedures may not be publicly announced like other general news.

“Measures and regulations to protect Buddhism in the National Buddhism Office were effective and strong, so the Buddhists could put their concerns to rest. Meanwhile, if they witnessed any improper actions that could affect Buddhism, monks, Buddhist followers, or groups of people, please notify the Buddhism Office via hotline 1374. Do not act on their own because it may be violating Thai law. It was not the duty of the Buddhist citizen and they should respect the monks,” Sippaworn concluded.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.