Thai Monk Faces Heavy Criticism For Being Given "Inappropriate" Gift, Accepts It Anyway

Thai Monk Faces Heavy Criticism For Being Given “Inappropriate” Gift, Accepts It Anyway

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A monk from Thailand is under fire for being “hypocritical” with his actions.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Luang Ta (Elder Monk) Sinsap Jaranathammo, also known as Luang Ta Sin Kid, received an expensive BMW Series 7 car from his disciples. One car costs between $96,000 – $123,000 USD.

Heavy criticism was directed his way, with netizens saying he was not living simply like a monk should. As he is part of the Thammayut sect and resides in a forest, he is expected to be more detached from earthly goods than their city counterparts.

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| Mae Chee Zhen Wat Pa Bo Nam Phra In/Facebook

On May 20, Luang Ta Sin Kid released a statement saying he would keep the BMW. He insisted on accepting the car to show his gratitude towards his followers, emphasizing that he was doing so for their sake.

Why would I refuse? People have faith. Even if I don’t use it, they would be disappointed. Never mind a BMW, they would even dare to buy a Rolls-Royce for me.

Luang Ta Sin Kid

In fact, he promised that he was forcing himself to even sit in the luxury vehicle.

I have to force myself to sit in a BMW Series 7, to be honest. The word ‘appropriate,’ do you want people to offer bad things to monks? They bring good and valuable things to offer with their hearts.

Luang Ta Sin Kid

His followers were more than happy with his decision. They explained that they gave him the vehicle so he could travel in comfort and thus “spread the goodness of Buddhism further.”

Since Luang Ta travels frequently for invitations, Mae Chee and all the disciples wanted to offer the most valuable and worthy vehicle. Therefore, we jointly purchased a BMW 750e to offer to Luang Ta Sinsap of Wat Pa Bo Nam Phra In for use in traveling to spread the goodness of Buddhism further.

— Mae Chee Zhen

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| Mae Chee Zhen Wat Pa Bo Nam Phra In/Facebook

Finally, the monk brought netizens’ attention to his other altruistic actions which independently helped his 700 constituents.

Wat Pa Bo Nam Phra In has been built for 4 years and already has 700 kutis [monks’ living quarters]. It takes care of 700 people who truly seek the Dhamma. This temple has no kathin, pha pa, or donation boxes. If I were not truly dedicated, could I support 700 people?

 Luang Ta Sin Kid

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| Mae Chee Zhen Wat Pa Bo Nam Phra In/Facebook

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