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    Dark side of the force

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 06/10/2013

    » Early on the morning of Jan 20, 2011, a single gunshot rang out at Prachin Buri's Raboh Phai police station.

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    Out of mind, in plain sight

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 21/07/2013

    » Son was a familiar figure wandering aimlessly and obviously "out of it" in Rangsit district, where he lived in a local temple. Rescue workers came to the temple in response to a call from a concerned citizen and took him for treatment at a government mental hospital, and slowly he regained his wits and memory. Son couldn't remember anything about his family but fortunately they did not forget him. Now he is safe, recuperating at his home in Chaiyaphum province. Son is one of a lucky few suffering from severe mental illness on the streets who receive attention and help. Most suffer in silence and loneliness.

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    Jet-setting monk flies into turbulence

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 07/07/2013

    » He's a high-flying monk who stirred controversy when he was filmed aboard a private jet donning designer sunglasses and high-tech gadgets last month. But Phra Wirapol Sukphol now appears set for a hard landing as supporters and critics face off over accusations of fraud, money laundering and sexual misconduct at his Si Sa Ket monastery.

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    Foreign monks 'ain't misbehaving'

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 28/04/2013

    » The abbot of Bangkok's Wat Talom knows that the growing number of foreign monks staying there is causing disquiet in the local community, following complaints of overcrowding, soliciting cash and "improper" behaviour. Phra Maha Somnuek Chutintaro says the number of foreign monks at the temple in Phasicharoen district now totals 316, with the majority from Myanmar (160) followed by Bangladesh (60) and Cambodia (50) and the remainder from India, Vietnam and Laos.

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    Nationalist agenda stirred ahead of temple meeting

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 07/04/2013

    » Thai villagers living near the disputed territory around Preah Vihear are demanding that their ''traditional'' farmland be returned to them in a reflection of a nationalist agenda being nurtured on the border.

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    No good deed: Fight heats up over 'abandoned' temple

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 30/09/2012

    » A dispute over the legality of a temple on a remote island lake in the northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon is shedding light on the problem of abandoned and disused wats.

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    In imperfect harmony

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 26/08/2012

    » Buddhism has a long history of forest meditation. The setting provides a tranquil and fitting environment for the contemplation of dhamma and man's relationship with nature.

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