Scholars urge Buddhism body to defrock ex-abbot

Dhammajayo stripped of title by HM King

Buddhist scholars are calling on the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) to initiate a process to have Phra Dhammajayo defrocked after the fugitive monk was stripped of his monastic title.

According to a Royal Gazette article published on March 5, His Majesty the King has agreed to the government's request to demote Phra Dhammajayo for evading charges filed against him.

The step of removing the monastic title, which took effect on March 4, comes after the former abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya repeatedly failed to appear before authorities to answer charges despite a two-week siege of the temple by thousands of state officials led by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).

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