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Sister Sherry a nun in Chumphon is renowned for two things, her charitable works and her ‘bling’ lifestyle. Yesterday Sister Sherry held a press conference to explain the photographs that have recently emerged of her love of material excess, with images such as her driving a 6 million baht Porsche and wearing brand names such as Louis Vitton.
Surrounded by her disciples she told the press conference that she has never used the money from the temple for her own personal use or for buying items such as expensive purses. Reading from a prepared statement she said “the purses were given to me by my disciples who respect me. I would like to apologize to you for acting inappropriately as seen in the news, but I insist that I never intended to hurt Buddhism.” Nuns are expected to maintain lives of austerity in Thailand, Sister Sherry says that the incident caught on camera will not be repeated.
The news conference took place at the home of one of her followers in Kanchanaburi province. One follower of the nun, Woradech Karnjana-anotai told reporters that Sister Sherry was forced to drive the Porsche on the day the photograph was taken because the temple’s regular driver was not available to give her a ride. The vehicle reportedly belongs to Naulwirach Kruabua, who had been staying at the temple to take part in a seven day meditation program run by Sister Sherry. The owner of the car said that she has a great respect for Sister Sherry and believed that lending her the car would bring her luck and merit.