Discussion of ordination, the Vinaya and monastic life. How and where to ordain? Bhikkhuni ordination etc.
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Grigoris wrote: ↑Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:38 am
Most common folk I spoke to considered it a political, rather than a religious purge.
It is entirely political. The thai junta literally let's murderers off the hook but is spending all of its resources fighting "corruption"
. Pretty much all high profile "crime" cases in Thailand since the coup are political. They literally took power on the basis of "crimes" their elected predecessors took. It's easy to see if you follow what actually goes on in Thailand. I don't think anyone is stupid enuff to believe the thai dictators political enemies just happened to all be criminals deserving of 40 years in prison.
Shinawatra undoubtedly feared the dictatorship’s notion of “justice.” In the same case the commerce and deputy commerce ministers in her government were sentenced to an astonishing 42 year and 36 years in prison, respectively. Of course, the trial never was fair. It was orchestrated by Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Installed as prime minister at the head of the self-proclaimed National Council for Peace and Order, he is a comic figure highly sensitive to criticism and with delusions of grandeur. But he brooks no opposition.
He declared himself to have a “democratic heart” while arresting students for making the three-finger salute popularized in the Hunger Games movie. Last year the dictator, who after ousting the elected government composed a song on happiness for his countrymen, brought criminal charges against those who used Facebook to mock his manifold foibles. “They can’t make fun of me” the very unhappy generalissimo declared. To even share or “like” a parody of the great man is deemed illegal. Such is the regime’s vigilance that a 14-year-old boy was arrested in May for alleged lese majeste, a crime often charged against democracy advocates.
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