I am truly saddened to hear this. Dr. Mano Laohavanich was nearly solely responsible for maintaining my faith in the Thai monastic sangha. His discerning and well-educated writings were always of a quality I was proud to show to curious non-Buddhists with medical and philosophical backgrounds. His voice of support was a beacon of hope for women within the Theravadin sangha. And for me, personally, back when I was hoping to also complete my medical degree before entering monastic life, he was a model for how I should view the role of the medically qualified in the monastic community.
When the truly dedicated monks abandon the monastic life, what does that leave for laypeople? The purveyors of amulets, the drawers of sakyant tattoos, the astrologers and the charlatans. We get stuck with the monks who eat after midday, use money, and keep mistresses, bringing shame to us all.
Why don't THEY all disrobe? When people see monks behaving in such a fashion, and are uneducated about the tenets of Buddhism, there's little wonder why Buddhists turn to Christianity or Islam. Oh, woe, woe, woe!
Whatever happened to the sangha of the noble ones?
Supatipanno Bhagavato sâvaka sangho
Of good conduct is the Order of the Disciples of the Blessed One.
Uju patipanno Bhagavato sâvaka sangho
Of upright conduct is the Order of the Disciples of the Blessed One.
Ñâya patipanno Bhagavato sâvaka sangho
Of wise conduct is the Order of the Disciples of the Blessed One.
Sâmîci patipanno Bhagavato sâvaka sangho
Of dutiful conduct is the Order of the Disciples of the Blessed One.
Yadidam cattâri purisa yugâni attha purisa puggalâ
That is to say : the Four Pairs of Men, the Eight Types of Persons;
esa Bhagavato sâvaka sangho
this Sangha of the Blessed One's disciples
is worthy of offerings, is worthy of hospitality,
is worthy of gifts, is worthy of reverential salutation,
anuttaram puññakkhettam lokassâ'ti.
as an incomparable field of merit for the world.
I'd like to think such a sangha still exists in the world -and in truth, I know it does.
The best way to stop middle-aged and older women from treating monks like sons and spoiling them is the reinstatement of bhikkhuni ordination: otherwise women will continue to feel they must look after monks to the point of ridiculousness so they can make merit and get reborn as a man so they can become a monk. I certainly feel this is the case within my own Buddhist community.
I'm not very good at right speech, although I try, so please guide and correct me if necessary so I don't make bad kamma for myself and cause others to be annoyed. (=