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Monk arrested for firing gun at Chon Buri temple

Caitlin Ashworth



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A monk was arrested for allegedly firing a gun at a temple in Chon Buri’s Ban Bueng district after a drunk and heated argument between the other monks.

The monk, 42 year old Kritsana Yoosi, actually hasn’t been a monk for very long. Just about 2 months… and only because he told his family that if he wins the lottery that he’ll go into monkhood to improve his life. He ended up winning more than 100,000 baht in the lottery. Keeping his promise to his family, Kritsana became a monk.

Last night, things got heated between Kritsana and the other monks at the temple. Kritsana allegedly admitted to police that he was “severely intoxicated” and got into an argument with the other monks. Kritsana says he got so angry that he called his wife to bring his gun. He fired shots at the temple, but did not hit any of the monks.

Apparently, Kritsana locked himself in his housing unit after the shooting and it took police 3 hours to convince him to surrender. Police searched the unit and seized a handgun with 4 bullets as well as 8 cartridges.

SOURCE: Pattaya News


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    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Clint Monkwood… The Abbott, The Novice, The End

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    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Some people really don’t seem cut out for the life of a monk.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    More disgraceful conduct by Thai monks.
    This one became drunk and started shooting at the Wat, but other monks with him were drinking and became argumentative! Are monks allowed to get drunk then?
    Thai Bhudism is becoming a farce. Monks are either homosexuals, molesting kids, scammers and stealing funds, or in this case, becoming drunk shooting up the temple.
    Looking at the photograph, it looks a if other monks are forgiving him. What no charges because he is a monk
    One up in Kanchanaburi murdered a female tourist!
    In short Thai monks are punks.

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      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 12:11 am

      There’s considerable variation in styles. Some monks did not ordain for merit, but because they’re devoted to the practice. Some monks are extremely admirable.

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      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 3:06 am

      Don’t tar everyone with the same brush. Thai spirit life is older than Buddhism. Buddhism is a part of a more complex picture of spiritual adepts. Not all monks are the same. Toby Andrews, who ever he is, is apparently throwing his negative blanket over all Thai monks. That in itself is a form of ignorance, to put it politely. The monk in question is a temporary novice.

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        Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:34 am

        Toby, like Issan John always are first to throw their “negative blanket”. Rarely anything positive or forward thinking.

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          Toby Andrews

          Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:57 am

          Yes true. I am always throwing a negative blanket over Thai matters.
          Issan John is the opposite. He supports most matters Thai.
          But when a monk becomes drunk and starts shooting at a Wat, what can I write positive about that?
          By the way I commended a monk that won on a lottery ticket and gave the money to the wat.

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            Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7:49 pm

            Tony, you said “…what can I write positive…”, but honestly you do not have to.
            If you think it is punk, you can leave, init?

            By the way, he had won 100k when he was a man – not monk, before ordination.
            Be nice or go away.

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      James Pate

      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:24 am

      Yes, he’s being forgiven, but he’s also being disrobed, which is required before arrest. The man behind the abbot is obviously a police officer. Many fine and inspiring monks in Thailand, but they do have their share of bad apples. It’s likely his drinking companions will also be punished, but less severely. This guy should have just signed up for a weekend and been done with the promise to his family.

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    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 5:07 am

    It’s all part of the work experience training….

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    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 5:14 am

    Camility monk !

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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