The monastic life ain't what it used to be, folks
· Nov 30, 2022 ·

If you encountered someone with aspirations to be a monk, and you asked him why he was choosing that life path, you'd stand a chance of getting a variety of different answers. But "smoking meth" would probably not be among them.

Now... I don't know:

A Buddhist temple in central Thailand has been left without monks after all of its holy men failed drug tests and were defrocked, a local official said Tuesday.

Four monks, including an abbot, at a temple in Phetchabun province's Bung Sam Phan district tested positive for methamphetamine on Monday, district official Boonlert Thintapthai told AFP.

The monks have been sent to a health clinic to undergo drug rehabilitation, the official said.

Whew. Imagine having to go to the Master of the Order and give him those results:

Well, at least they're getting clean. Although it looks like they can be guaranteed they won't have their jobs back when they get out:

Boonlert said more monks will be sent to the temple to allow villagers to practice their religious obligations.

Kids: don't do drugs. Also, monks: don't do drugs. Basically, don't do drugs.

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