Buddhist Monks Warned To Stop Using Social Networks To Flirt With Girls

from the friend-to-buddha dept

You certainly see some bizarre stories about older cultures adapting to newer technologies, but this might be one of the most bizarre. Thai officials are apparently warning Buddhist monks to behave themselves on social networking sites and to stop using them to flirt with women. If there ever were a quote I didn't expect I'd hear, it would probably be this one, from Ladda Thangsupachai, head of Thailand's Cultural Surveillance Centre.
"Instead of using the Net to flirt with young girls, monks should find ways to preach Dharma and lead them in the right direction."
Maybe they just haven't found the right Facebook apps yet.

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  1. identicon
    jameth, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 9:39am


    New MSNBC show around the corner, "To catch a Predator Monk"

    Should be a big hit

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    Mr. Fix it, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 9:45am

    i don't see the problem, if those monks were in the city square flirting the quote would have said:

    Instead of waisting ur time in the city center to flirt with young girls, monks should find ways to preach Dharma and lead them in the right direction.

    for once the Internet isn't being blamed for the problem its recognized as a medium of communication.

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 10:00am

    I see that there are only 2 comments here at this time. I can honestly say that if it were priests flirting with girls there would be several thousand bashing the priests. What a bunch of self righteous hypocrites’ here.

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    Self Righteous Hypocrite, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 10:06am

    girls vs. boys.

    I wish the priests would start flirting with girls, and leave the little boys alone!

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  5. identicon
    Greg, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 10:11am


    Wow, what a stupid comment. You've just blanket insulted everyone that DID NOT bash buddhist monks and called them hypocrites. Perhaps some of those people would not have bashed priests for similar behaviour? Hmmm, giant sized chip on your shoulder maybe?

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    Ima Fish, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 10:18am


    Maybe it's because priests don't stop with just flirting.

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    yogi, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 10:23am

    No one noticed this?

    What the hell is a "Cultural Surveillance Centre"? I'm seriously troubled that such a function would even exist. Sounds nightmarish to me.

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    corruption as you will, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 10:23am

    Thailand's monks are well known to be some of the most corrupt Buddhists on the planet. There are many great religious folks there- but then there are the ones who drink and womanize in secret. There is always one scandal or another. Monks are human too - - I like the observation that at least the internet is not to blame...

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 10:25am

    Re: girls vs. boys.

    Over 2/3 of the United States Catholic Church sex scandal had to do with priests having sex with women, too many times nonconsentual, too many times with underage children. Get the facts straight. The only reason the homosexual element became the assumption is because that's the kind of brainless over-hyped drivel that sells newspapers. Easier for the Church (and the public) to blame the "sinful gays" than to admit their true abuses of trust, abuses of authority and ethical wrongdoings.

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  10. identicon
    Wolfger, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 10:34am

    bad translation

    It actually said, "Instead of using the Net to flirt with young girls, monks should find ways to preach Dharma and lead them in the direction of a hotel."

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 10:43am

    Re: corruption as you will

    I've been to Thailand. I imagine it is very difficult to be a "good Buddhist Monk" there.

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    Alimas, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 10:53am


    Well, the Christian followers kind of have a much longer, more widespread and more commonly known history of abuses than the Buddhist monks do, don't they?
    This seems proportionally accurate to me.

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    UnAnonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 11:24am

    Re: Re: girls vs. boys.

    So you are saying 1/3 of the church is gay thus justifying a Priests abuse of young boys? Get off your rainbow horse and realize any press is good press when it comes to exposing sexual abuse. Maybe someday we'll see equality in exposing these types of issues, but in the meantime give us straights a frickin'' break and quit blaming us for all the media hype! It's not like there aren't any gays in the media business, so why aren't they speaking up or better yet starting their own news service?

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  14. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 11:25am

    cultural misunderstandings

    This word "monk", it does not mean what you seem to think in means. In Thailand a large majority of young men spend some time nominally studying as Buddhist monks, it doesn't remotely imply a vocation in the way that entering a Catholic seminary would in the West. In Thailand this story would be about as shocking as "College frat boys warned..."

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    BlowURmindBowel, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 12:13pm

    Doesn't suprise me in the least..

    Although it does remind me of the monk from that silly japanime about half demon dog-kid...

    Inu-Yasha I think...? That monk was a horn-dog!

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    sniperdoc (profile), Mar 5th, 2008 @ 12:33pm

    Thai women...

    Well if I recall Thailand all that well... most GOODLOOKING women aren't.

    To explain... most goodlooking women there are men. Either Boob-jobbed or just Cross-dressing ones. The first common mistake of every US Service man that has gone there... so I wouldn't doubt if it were men they were flirting with.


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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 12:54pm

    Re: Thai women...

    HAHAHAHAHA that's frickin hilarious!

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  18. identicon
    alex, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 1:17pm

    thai buddhist monk

    in thailand, it's a tradition for teenage boys to become a monk for a year or 2.. the believe is that then his parents can go to heaven.. most these boys get back to their normal life afterward.. some may goes on to become monk for the rest of their life... so i guess, this warning is for those boys mostly. but it's also true that some monks are indulging in worldly things when they shouldn't.. hence the agency monitering their behavior..

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    Le Blue Dude, Mar 5th, 2008 @ 1:31pm


    If priests were allowed to fornicate and/or marry, they would not abuse underage kids. But if they're not allowed to have sex, odds are high they're going to go after people who won't reveal it and hurt them. Kids tend not to reveal this sort of thing.

    Selfish as hell, but humans tend to be. And really fucking bad for the kid, so I mean thy deserve the punishment they get for fornicating with children... but maybe we should attack the cause as well as the problem?

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    duh, Mar 6th, 2008 @ 11:11am

    that better be a joke

    If priests want to fornicate and/or marry, then they shouldn't be priests. Men don't need priesthood to be good people anyway. Why take up a supposedly sacred profession if you can't handle it? It wasn't as if those men were tricked into becoming priests then just afterwards told "oops, I forgot to tell you, priests can't have sex". They very well knew what they were getting into. Those bad priests would still be bad even if they were free to have sex or get married. The problem lies in their values, not in the limitations that they "promised" to comply with. Some scumbags even choose to be priests just to have access to naive women and children and escape the heavy hand of the law.

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  21. identicon
    Carlos Serna II, Mar 7th, 2008 @ 1:41pm

    Buddhist monks flirts

    It's hard to believe that! really? They are real Buddhist monk's?

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    Kumara, Aug 1st, 2008 @ 3:02am

    Re: that better be a joke

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    Dissilusioned buddhist, Aug 26th, 2008 @ 11:27pm

    Many monks deserve no respect.

    I once was proud of being Buddhist, the cleanest name in all the religions, once that boasts :not a single drop of blood spilled. yet today I am ashamed, by the numberless sex scandals by the most important pillars of Buddhist monks. since a child I was idolising them, now I feel lied to and disrespectful to them. I am not wrong in my judgment, most Buddhist monks deserve very little of the amount of praise and respect that you give them. There is a quote more popularly used in todays buddhist community; the hooks in hell hanging up buddhist monks and nuns are bending. In other words, they are piling up so much, due to their misconduct and abuse of the peoples money and faith.
    I am a self confessed disillusioned buddhist.

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    jessica, Mar 5th, 2009 @ 11:38am


    you are so stupid !! dont you ever say that bitch !!! i am fucking bhuddhist you hoe bag bitch ass ... i should put how to catch a bitch and kill them !!!

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    chudai gand lund, Oct 13th, 2009 @ 9:36am

    but why

    but why they doing this i am not able to understand.

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  26. identicon
    Erik Young, Nov 22nd, 2010 @ 4:56pm

    Thai Monks Marriage To Thai Police Organised Crime World

    Less than three weeks ago I wrote an email confirming my intent to
    commence a campaign to turn the Thai Buddhist Monks on their heads
    and find out just what some of them have been hiding behind their
    orange robes...I had found a monk in one temple just south of the river between the Taksin Bridge
    and the Thon Buri district of Bangkok looking at hard core sex pornography in his room (door wide open) at 7.30pm one evening..
    .... and look what fell from beneath their orange
    robes...... I wrote to some Buddhist monks and warned them of my
    The Royal Thai Police knew about the 1700 Dead Foetus
    issue/business for more than five years. Perhaps over 50,000 babies
    have been killed in the past few years.
    How many of the mothers of these aborted babies have died due to
    poor medical standards for the abortions? Where are their bodies?
    There are a number of girls I knew who disappeared, perhaps for an
    abortion, whom I never ever found again. These girls have not been
    seen for years by anyone, I walked over 15,000 kilometres of the
    streets of Bangkok and Pattaya and other cities trying to find
    these girls and others who vanished without trace. Nobody wanted to
    help with the problem, not the locals nor the Thai police.


    I knew about this problem and I got a member of The Royal Thai
    Police to come to a house where I thought someone was being abused,
    abortions in unmedical surroundings off Chalong Kreung Road
    Bangkok.. However the policeman refused to enter the property, he
    seemed to know about the place. He was from a police station
    opposite the large hotel off Chalong Kreung Menam Hotel that
    fronts onto the river near Soi 85 Chalong Kreung. I know another
    location near Soi Satthupradit 42 where something similar may have
    been going on behind some large red Chinese style gates.
    The Royal Thai Police refused to assist claiming the home owner was
    a Judge in The Thai Courts. The home owner declared to me he had
    been appointed a special position in the Court by His Majesty The
    King of Thailand. I did not believe him and wrote a letter to The
    Principle Private Secretary of His Majesty King Bhumibol advising
    the King's secretary of these claims. I believe the man was
    possibly using the address for abortions, there was a constant flow
    of young girls coming and going from this property. An upstairs
    room always kept windows sealed, never opened the shutters.
    It doesn't come as a surprise that one Thai-English dictionary
    translates Tamluat as Satan's Police.
    According to one long time case-worker in Thailand in 2009, despite
    the trainings, many policemen still consider sex with teen-age
    children “to be OK”. Only a handful of police officers across the
    Kingdom are trained on the proper treatment of children in police
    custody. http://www.thailawforum.com/sex-crimes-in-thailand-part3-3.html

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  27. identicon
    Brotheboob, Nov 12th, 2011 @ 1:04am

    Don't cut foot to suit the shoes!

    I think that it's not sensible. That's not the point which does not allow the monks stop using Net. Sometimes,the monks can use Net to broadcast the Dharma or to teach all the buddhists in order to get out of the sin. don't cut foot to suit the shoes, it's not the good way, right?

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