Governor puts a stop to monk’s death by meditation attempt

2014-09-11 15:34

A renowned Buddhist monk, who was attempting to die while meditating, was rescued yesterday at the order of the provincial governor, who cited humanitarian reasons.

The 65-year-old Luang Pu Pim, an abbot at a monastery in Chaiyaphum province, said he was not committing suicide but rather it was just his time to die.

The Bangkok Post reported that the monk climbed into a coffin on Tuesday and began to meditate. His followers were told that the coffin would self-combust today.

The atmosphere was reportedly tense as the monk’s many disciples would not allow a team of public health officials to enter the living quarters in the temple. He had declared the shelter off-limits to his followers.

After negotiations, the monk agreed to end his meditation, and was taken to a local hospital. He was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration.

Dr Somsak Lohlekha, chairperson of Thailand’s Medical Council, was reported by local media as saying that the monk’s self-imposed death, if successful, could have been regarded as a suicide.

This would have made his followers guilty of a criminal offence if they had failed to stop him from going ahead.

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