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Suthep following monkhood duties

PEOPLE'S Democratic Reform Committee leader Suthep Thaugsuban has strictly followed ecclesiastic routines and refused to talk politics, a monk at Phra Buddhadhasa Bhikkhu's famous Suan Mokkh monastery said.

Suthep, or Phra Suthep Prapakaro, had surgery to treat chronic pain in his shoulder last month and quietly entered monkhood on Tuesday.

Phra Udom Uttamo said that despite the operation, Suthep was self-reliant and had refused help from other monks to get his personal work done.

The monk said Suthep, who had not fixed a date to leave the monkhood, had been enthusiastically taking part in clergy activities at the temple.

"We talk about what clergy activities new monks have to learn. I asked him about politics," Phra Udom said yesterday. "He did not answer but asked me how other senior monks at the temple whom he knew have been."

The first morning after ordination, Suthep rose at 4.40am to pray, meditate and listen to recordings of Buddhadhasa's sermons before leaving to collect alms, Phra Udom said.

He said he was happy having Suthep at the temple again because the high-profile figure had earlier been ordained at Wat Suan Mokkh for 40 days when he was much younger.

Suthep's son Taen was also ordained at the temple.


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