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Buddhist monks are supposed to shun the luxuries of the world and live a humble life while in robes.
Consequently netizens were up in arms when pictures of the lifestyle of one monk was revealed on Facebook.
He had a gorgeous room with all the trappings of a hi-so lifestyle, reported Sanook.
There was a huge comfy bed, ample air-conditioning and a large Smart TV showing YouTube.
Not to mention the iPhone 8 he had for his personal use.
Locals near Dan Sai in Loei province, however, said the pictures were taken in 2017 or thereabouts and featured a monk who had gone in for “jam phansaa”.
This is the rainy season retreat when monks are forbidden unnecessary travel and especially urged to give up on any vices.
He had since left the monkhood, they thought.
Meanwhile Sanook reporters went to the temple of Wat Phonchai in Loei and requested an interview with the abbot.
But Phra Siriratanamethi said he was too busy to talk – he had dozens of ordinations to do instead.