This week, the whole abbey of monks at a tiny Buddhist monastery was defrocked, sacked, and sent to rehab after testing positive for methamphetamine. Check the news Monks at the Buddhist temple test positive for meth on Switzerland based Lifestyle Magazine- Kenleaks Magazine.
On Monday, authorities compelled all four monks at a monastery in Phetchabun province’s Bung Sam Phan district in central Thailand to perform urine tests. They all failed, including the abbot.
The monks were then transferred to a health clinic for drug rehabilitation, according to local official Boonlert Thintapthai, leaving the temple without holy men and raising fears among local worshippers that they would be unable to perform “merit-making”—that is, donating food to monks as a good deed.
More monks would be sent to the temple, according to Boonlert, to allow people to fulfill their religious obligations.
It’s unclear why police chose this specific monastery or these particular monks to test for drug usage, but the move is part of a larger national drive to combat drug trafficking.
Luang Pu Tuanchai, a monk who rose to popularity in 2020 after claiming to have omniscience abilities, was prosecuted with drunk driving and drug possession—and then disrobed—when police discovered him with hundreds of methamphetamine tablets in his hands. Another monk was similarly disrobed earlier in January after being captured ingesting methamphetamine tablets and peddling them to local teenagers.
Thailand’s official religion is Buddhism, which is practiced by approximately 93 percent of the population. More than 300,000 monks live in the country.
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