Thai Buddhist Temple Snared In $20 Million Embezzlement Scandal

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Via Daily Mail UK

A Buddhist temple at the heart of a bitter corruption scandal in Thailand Monday agreed to return donations worth around $20 million in a case that has prompted calls for greater scrutiny over religious institutions in the kingdom.

The Dhammakaya temple, a vast ultra-modern complex near Bangkok considered one of the richest monasteries in Thailand, will repay the funds donated by the former chairman of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative after he was accused of embezzlement…

The case has also shone a spotlight on the practice of encouraging devotees, who believe in reincarnation, to make donations proportional to the size of good fortune they hope to achieve in their next life — sparking calls for authorities to better regulate religious institutions. [continued…]

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