Monks Allowed To Watch World Cup, But Can't Enjoy It
POSTED: 12:48 pm EDT June 12, 2006
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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian Buddhist monks are getting some slack to watch the World Cup on television, but not much.
They're not allowed to cheer, get excited or bet on the matches.
They normally aren't supposed to watch TV, movies or artistic displays. According to Buddhism's strictest rules, they should abstain from pleasurable activities. More than 90 percent of the country's 13 million people are Buddhist.
The Supreme Patriarch, Non Ngeth, is willing to make allowances for the World Cup, though.
The games in Germany began Friday and run until July 9.
He has cause for some concern about monk behavior. In recent years, several monks have made newspaper headlines for fighting with slingshots and petrol bombs at a temple, molesting a boy, beating a man and stealing motorcycles.
I wanna see a pack of Buddhist Monks riding sports bikes. lol