A fighting Thai monk

We tend to associate fighting monks with the Chinese Shaolin tradition, or with certain Japanese sects. Today’s Straits Times features a Thai boxer with a law degree, who became a monk at age 29 after a long and successful career in the ring.

Sadly, he still needs his skills. He’s taken the Dharma to the hill tribes, where he encourages the villagers to grow food crops instead of drugs. He also takes in and educates children orphaned in turf wars between drug gangs. Sadly, these activities have made him a target, and he’s had to use his combat skills on several occasions to defend his life against assassins sent by the drug lords. A courageous man…

Read the story here.

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