|Soccer-mad monks too tired to take alms
[ 2006-06-23 08:27 ]
Monks pray during a Buddhist ceremony celebrating
World Vesak Day in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of
Bangkok May 10, 2006.
Buddhist monks in Thailand are too tired to receive early morning alms because they are staying up late to watch the
World Cup, a Thai newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The Nation quoted a woman in the northern city of Chiang Mai who said
her birthday celebrations were ruined because monks at a city temple were
not awake to receive her morning offering, a mandatory religious ritual in
the predominately Buddhist country.
The woman, who declined to be identified, said she was told by a senior
monk that most of his young colleagues were still asleep because they had
stayed up to watch the games which can go on well past midnight.
The Sangha Council, which oversees the tens of thousands of Buddhist
temples in Thailand, has not banned monks from watching the World Cup but
said it should not interfere with religious activities.
Chiang Mai chief monk Phra Thep Wisuthikhun said he had received
complaints about "inappropriate behavior" at seven temples in the
province. "It is the duty of the abbot of each temple to supervise the
behavior of young monks, making sure that their religious activities will
not be affected by the games," he said.
In neighboring Cambodia, some 40,000 monks have been warned they could
be defrocked if they became too excited while
watching the games.
"If they make noise or cheer as they watch, they will lose their
monkhood," Phnom Penh patriarch Non Nget said.
alms : something given to a
charity or cause（布施；施舍）