Phra Suthep, who was given the monastic name “Prapakaro” (the one with the enlightened mind), entered monkhood in a simple ceremony arranged with Alongkorn Setcheao, Phra Suthep’s cousin, the only relative present.
Phra Suthep will spend his time as a monk at Wat Suan Mokkh Kapanaran or locally known as Wat Thannamlai in Chaiya district of Surat Thani.
He was seen walking out of the temple for alms from residents this morning at Wat Suan Mokkh.
The abbot of Wat Suan Mokkh, Phra Athikarnsuchart Panyatheeto, said he was contacted by Phra Prapakaro’s cousin who said the protest leader intended to become a monk.
There was only two persons during the ordination in the temple, he said as he was told by Suthep that he wanted to keep his ordination at low profile.
But during the ordination a temple boy came in and asked for permission to take photographs which were later shared on the social network.
A source said Phra Suthep was ordained as a gesture to make merit for the 22 people who perished during the PDRC’s seven-month street protests since November last year till May this year.
His ordination came a surprise to most people, including his wife, Srisakul Prompan, who insisted she had no idea of Phra Suthep’s plans to enter the monkhood.
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