recently, the image of Thai Buddhism has taken some hard hits. With modernization
comes instant media and more instant karmic effects. When a monk in Northern
Thailand (Phra Nikorn) was accused of being the father of a patron of
his temple, the news spread quickly. When another charismatic figure (Phra
Yantra) was suspected of plucking the strings of a new-age harpist while
traveling through Europe, great disappointment followed.
some events like this have always gone on, they do not remain local news
any longer. Such publicity has resulted in increasing suspicion and fewer
devotees. Some people have continued to criticize the monkhood for its
inability to take a stand on pressing modern issues, some saying that
monks are too concerned with rank and maintaining the comforts of their
Starting with the biography of the Buddha, the spiritual quest has involved a search for the right teacher. Fortunately, many excellent teachers can still be found.
the Thai Sangha may be presented as or appear to be a monolithic institution,
there is a history of Buddhist movements and reformers who continue to
test the boundaries of practices and beliefs in order to keep Buddhism
relevant for the current times.