A Buddhist monk is meant to renounce and abstain from certain things.Many websites list the 10 basic precepts observed by novice monks. While anti-democrat monk Buddha Issara has broken many of them in recent months, the one on money begs questioning based on the following Khaosod report:
Buddha Issara and his supporters marched from their rally site in Chaeng Wattana Road to the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road today, where he submitted his letter to the court officials detailing his intention to file lawsuit against the two newspapers.
The monk alleged that Khaosod and Matichon have unfairly defamed him in their news coverage. He said he wanted the newspapers to pay him 100 million baht in damage.
Nevertheless, it is understood that Buddha Issara has not taken any formal steps in filing the libel lawsuit, and his appearance at the court today was merely symbolic.
The monk and his companions later had a brief “sit-in” on Ratchadapisek Road and ate their lunch, before marching away without incident.