THAILAND: Taking on the heavy hand of militarism

Merit-making with monastics is part of our Buddhist culture. Since Bangkok temples are already bursting with donations, I headed for a nunnery in the neighbourhood over the weekend. Women in pursuit of  a spiritual life need support too, don’t they? Mae Chee Choojai Pathumnand, of Ratanapaiboon Nunnery, was waiting at the premises with a big smile. “Come see this first,” she said, leading me to an adjacent construction site where a three-storey building is taking shape. “Soon we nuns will have our permanent home without fear of being evicted,” she said.

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