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Thai monk beheads himself with guillotine in attempt to reach nirvana, followers could face charges

Tanutam Thawan

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A monk, apparently ‘seeking nirvana’, has beheaded himself with a handmade guillotine in the northeastern province of Nong Bua Lamphu. Police are now investigating to determine if any of the monk’s followers should be charged for helping the abbot with his untidy path to enlightenment.

The monk, Dhammakorn Wangphrecha, reportedly spent 5 years planning his death and believed it would help him reach nirvana, his followers say. They say he decided to die last Thursday, on his 68th birthday. The guillotine was made with a metre-long blade and 2 buckets of cement held up by rope. It was placed near a statue of a beheaded deity. Followers say the monk cut the ropes himself.

While police say evidence say it’s a case of suicide, followers who moved Dhammakorn’s body could face charges for concealing a corpse. The guillotine had also been disassembled when police arrived, and followers could face other charges for tampering with evidence. If police discover that followers helped the monk build the guillotine, they could be charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Police found the monk’s body in a wooden coffin at the Wat Phuhingong Monastery. They say around 300 people attended the monk’s funeral just hours after his death. Police did not say how many followers are now suspects in the investigation.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke after the death of the monk, warning Thais not to put too much faith in superstition, and psychiatrists visited the monastery to do mental health checks.

“I ask you to not put too much faith in something unscientific, as the Buddha taught that his words can be proved… Everybody must have some logic to believing or respecting something. I don’t think anybody wants to imitate.”

SOURCE: Coconuts Bangkok

 

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    David Pilkington

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Hmm . . . smells a little like teen spirit if you ask me. And these followers . . . will they face charges before or after beheading themselves? That could keep the RTP busy, on top of all their house-party busting, etc.

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    barry

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    That’s rather blunt. It would be more elegant to follow the Japanese shokushinbutsu tradition of self-mummification, now that’s true dedication…

    It was supposed to have been practiced in Thailand at some point as well.
    Can’t post links under new rules but do google shokushinbutsu.

    From the Wikipedia entry:

    “In medieval Japan, this tradition developed a process for Sokushinbutsu, which a monk completed over about 3,000 days.

    It involved a strict diet called mokujiki (literally, “eating a tree”).
    The diet abstained from any cereals, and relied on pine needles, resins and seeds found in the mountains, which would eliminate all fat in the body.

    Increasing rates of fasting and meditation would lead to starvation.
    The monks would slowly reduce then stop liquid intake, thus dehydrating the body and shrinking all organs.
    The monks would die in a state of jhana (meditation) while chanting the nenbutsu (a mantra about Buddha), and their body would become naturally preserved as a mummy with skin and teeth intact without decay and without the need of any artificial preservatives.

    Many Buddhist Sokushinbutsu mummies have been found in northern Japan and estimated to be centuries old, while texts suggest that hundreds of these cases are buried in the stupas and mountains of Japan.
    These mummies have been revered and venerated by the laypeople of Buddhism”

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Gruesome Barry. A bit like the death of a Thousand cuts.
    Strange that the monk in the picture is dressed in white, or it the monk a monkette, a woman.
    They dress in white.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Kurt tried it……it doesn’t work

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    Craig

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Watch out for copycats.

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    There are mumified Thai monks that have slowly starved them selves to death in various caves about the place in northern thailand and a few have been removed from the caves and are in glass boxes at nearby temples.there are also a few mumified corpses of Thai monks intered in brass buhdda statue’s up north.been told that the ones inside the brass images climbed in alive and meditated them selves to death in situ,also been told the corpse of the monk was placed in the image after death.the second explanation sounds more plausible to me.may well be more about the place in other areas of thailand.

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    Silbers

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    barry, let’s remember the Buddha taught us to avoid extremes and practise the Middle Way. That is the way apparently which leads to Enlightenment.

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    stapoz

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Now he is in sweet nirvana…

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    tbsmith

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    I have read that they also drank sping water from a place with cyanide in the water which would kill all the bacteria and paracites in the body preventing it from rotting

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    James R

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:48 am

    We are now all waiting for a postcard from Nirvana to see if he made it.

    How can people believe in theses stupid religions/cults or whatever else people call them?

    There must be some sort of context switch or part of the brain which has been brain washed since birth as I have friends who are medical doctors physicists etc and still believe in Christianity/Buddhism/Hinduism etc, very illogical.

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    Michael

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:13 am

    You could say, it was a headless act…

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    Silbers

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:40 am

    @
    toby andrews

    I believe I read somewhere that he disrobed first.

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    James Pate

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4:38 am

    5 years of planning. Well, at least he didn’t go in head over heels. Nirvana may be nice, but not something to lose your head over. Police are investigating, but accomplices got a head start.

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Well if it worked he will be headed to nirvana now James.

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