It all started last week when someone named Samart Thongmee snapped this series of photos of a Buddhist nun stepping from her 987-generation Porsche Cayman. The photos were posted to Samart's Facebook page, and the Thai National Office of Buddhism took notice almost immediately.
According to the office, and Buddhist teachings, monks, novices, and nuns are all supposed to live sufficiently, rather than an elaborate lifestyle, without any kind of extravagances. In this case, the Buddhism offices have deemed the nun's Porsche to be an extravagance, for obvious reason, and the director of the office, Nopparat Benjawatananun has issued a formal warning. However, there is a bit more to the story.
According to the Nun, whose name has been withheld, one of the disciples of Buddhism apparently gifted the car to the nun. At the same time that director Nopparat Benjawatananun was issuing the warning to the nun herself, based at Wat Tham Khwan Muang in Sawi district of Chumphon province, he also advised other local Buddhists to make their donations to the cause in a more appropriate manner, ie. not fancy cars.
According to Thai media reporting on the issue, the car runs somewhere around 6.3 million Thai baht, which at current rates is about $190,000. Granted, 6.3 million baht is the current MSRP of a 981 base Cayman, this car is clearly an older 987 model, which would certainly be less expensive. Mr. Nopparat's point, however, still stands.
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