Following on from the story about Monks and Protest in Thailand, Luang Pu Buddha Issara is again in the news this time with authorities seeking to arrest him. Police have asked a criminal court to authorize the arrest of Luang Pu Buddha Issara. The story is reported by the Religion News Service and also states that The National Office of Buddhism maintains that by leading protests he has violated the Buddhist Monk Act.
Nopparat Benjawatananun, director general of the National Office of Buddhism stated that
‘It is clearly stated by law, that if any monk is charged for criminal offense, and if the court denies his bail, he must be defrocked at any time.’ .
It is argued that his actions, particularly in protesting to stop people from voting in the recent elections violates monastic discipline. Clearly the argument is that in leading a violent uprising against the government goes against the Buddhist monastic code. In Buddhist terms he would be breaking the third pārājika offence of the pāṭimokkha. There are four offences for which a monk can be expelled from the monastic community and one assumes that is felt that Luang Pu Buddha Issara is breaking the third which states that a monk should not ‘intentionally killing a human being’;
3. ‘Should any bhikkhu (Buddhist monk) intentionally deprive a human being of life, or search for an assassin for him, or praise the advantages of death, or incite him to die (thus): “My good man, what use is this wretched, miserable life to you? Death would be better for you than life,” or with such an idea in mind, such a purpose in mind, should in various ways praise the advantages of death or incite him to die, he also is defeated and no longer in communion.’