A Buddhist leader in Thailand is planning to launch a 'good manners' guide to curb the flamboyant behaviour of homosexual and transgender monks.
Upset by the reports, that monks often wear revealing robes, carry pink purses and sport effeminately shaped eyebrows, Phra Maha Wudhijaya Vajiramedhi, a senior monk, is planning to issue the new guidelines to discourage the ostentatious behaviour.
AdvertisementAccording to BBC, the guidelines would address issues like smoking, drinking alcohol, walking and going to the toilet properly, which are all detailed in the traditional 75 Dharma principles of Buddhism, and the 227 precepts for monks.
Although Phra Vajiramedhi admits that it was difficult to exclude transgender men from the monkhood, he hopes that his course could at least help limit their extrovert habits, reports the Telegraph.
He said if successful, the "good manners" course, at the Novice Demonstration School, could be replicated at other Buddhist monasteries and seminaries.