Building Temples and Holding Monks Responsible

Here’s another piece of monkish news. A Siem Reap provincial wat recently built a new vihear – a very popular activity for temples, since it creates a great deal of activity at the temple and can bring in a great deal of money. The problem, as always, is that there were accusations that the money was not well-spent. (More likely, people were accusing them of not spending all the money given). Regardless of the truth or falsity of the claims, the squabble has degenerated into two camps: those who want to hold the monks involved ‘responsible,’ and those who argue that such a desire means they don’t know how to properly respect monks or the religion.

Full story here.


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