For many Thais, Buddhism is seen as a unifying force in society. Yet news of monks involved in sexual abuse and fraud scandals have become commonplace. The Catholic Church finally admitted that it had turned a blind eye to sexual abuse of minors for generations and was successfuly pressured, at least in part, to address past wrongs. Guest contributor Mark S. Cogan asks whether Thai Buddhism can be restrengthened by closing legal loopholes and becoming more transparent.
A devout Buddhist, Chayootm Sirinantpaiboon became a monk when his mother passed away. But the activist for HIV/AIDS rights soon grew critical of the message that was taught inside the walls of the wat.
The Isaan RecordDecember 28, 2018
Art historian Dr. Bonnie Brereton talks about Buddhist murals as a “democratic vision of society,” and a growing recognition of the shared culture in a region stretching from central Isaan to Laos.
Peera SongkünnathamOctober 20, 2017
Migrant workers are spreading a new faith in Northeast Thailand that has been illegal and suppressed in China for decades. This system of beliefs also works to popularize vegetarianism in the region.
The Isaan RecordJune 23, 2017
Thailand has been widely applauded for its efforts in tackling the HIV epidemic but stigmatization remains a major challenge.
The Isaan RecordApril 5, 2017
Recently released from Bangkok Remand Prison, Patiwat Saraiyaem laughs as he tells his story. Mixed with passion, fear, disappointment, and hope, he proudly speaks about his life as an actor, a prisoner, a monk, and a molam singing activist.