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PM Prayut advises learning Buddhism to deal with Thailand’s soaring electricity prices

With his advice that people study Buddhism to help them cope with hefty bills, Prime Minister Prayut Chan is insulting Thailand’s poor, who would be the ones to suffer the most from the price increase. The monk asserts that without electricity, nothing is possible. The monk offers solar cells to people with the means to pay for them. Monk: The outcome of increasing costs and decreasing income is suffering. Who or what is harmed? The Four Noble Truths should be studied. How do you fix? Then, PM Prayut said on Tuesday, find solutions to end suffering. The abbot said that since power is a need, those unable to afford rising rates will suffer disproportionately. Yesterday, Phra Phayom Kalayano, the abbot of Wat Suan Kaew in the Nonthaburi province, made a statement. The monk suggested energy efficiency as the best way to lower sky-high prices. They’ll lose their ability to act. When monks cross this boundary to voice their disapproval of the sky-high expense of living, it is regrettable.

The monthly electrical bill for the temple is 120,000 baht, and Phra Phayom claims that it will rise to 150,000 baht the next month. The monk asserted that growing electricity rates have nothing to do with the Four Noble Truths. How does the cost of electricity relate to the Four Noble Truths? People struggle as a result of rising utility bills. Those with money won’t suffer any harm. Some succeed. Phra Phayom observes that many needless lights are left on in homes when he goes about his morning rounds collecting alms. Because a man “renounces worldly concerns,” or chooses not to participate in politics, when he decides to become a Buddhist monk, he is not eligible to vote in Thailand. PM Payut must step down from his position on August 24 in accordance with Thailand’s constitution after serving two consecutive four-year terms. It is uncertain whether he will resign. Thailand’s energy officials levied record-high surcharges on Monday in an effort to curb soaring gas costs.

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