A Buddhist monk out for morning alms rode an electric cart into the hearts of netizens, while the keepers of the faith rebuked his “inappropriate” behavior.
Sakdanai Woradetch, chief of the Ang Thong Provincial Office of Buddhism, said this morning he and his team ordered Wanchai Dhammatharo of Ang Thong City’s Wat Channimitr to refrain from again hopping onto his electric ride, an impressively modified trolley.
Sakdanai said cruising around on such a joyful conveyance with the wind on his scalp and a carefree heart was “imprudent” and “inappropriate” for a Buddhist monk.
Wanchai said he had been taking the e-scooter out for his morning alms for about two months, as his route spanned a full 6 kilometers, round-trip.
Footage of Wanchai riding the vehicle in a neighborhood was shared online earlier this week, where the non-haters applauded the monk’s creativity.
“This monk has a good idea. Done this way, he does not need a temple follower to help carry the food. And the trolley can carry way more food than he can alone,” Facebooker Neunghathaichok Sirimongkolsub wrote.
“If using a labor-saving device makes his life more convenient, the authorities should permit this. If he has to carry stuff and walk six kilometers every day, one day we may not have any monks left,” Sumi Sensai said.
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