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Facebook reveals where famous Japanese monk Mitsuo went after he left the monkhood earlier this month. 

Photo from Facebook of Suttirat Muttamara.

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Mitsuo left monkhood for a woman

28/06/2013
Online Reporters

Former monk Mitsuo Gavesako, who was abbot of the renowned Sunandavanaram forest monastery in Kanchanaburi, left the monkhood to pursue an ordinary life which allows him to have a normal intimate relationship with a woman.

The woman who revealed on her Facebook page she is the person closest to former Phra Mitsuo, whose real name is Mitsuo Shibahashi, is Suttirat Muttamara, 52. She is a sister of Democrat MP Vithayen Muttamara and also chairwoman of Q Medical Centre Co which in 2011 announced the investment of up to one billion baht to build a hospital to combat the ageing process.

Ms Suttirat on Thursday evening posted five photos of her and Mr Mitsuo, 63. One of the photos is identified as being taken in the Philippines.

She said there was an unfounded rumour she has tried to blackmail Mr Mitsuo. He would soon step out to explain the truth to protect her reputation

Vittayen Muttamara, also posted on his Facebook page, admitting that Ms Suttirat is his sister and that he respected their decision. They were both adults and their decision was rightful. He did not know whether they will stay in Thailand or abroad.

Mr Vittayen said the former Phra Mitsuo had studied Buddhist teaching for a long time and had already quit the monkhood. He had made a conscious decision and knew what he will do in the future. 

After 38 years in monkhood, Phra Mitsuo left the monkhood on June 8 and then left Thailand.

Phra Nuphrom Suchato, deputy abbot of the monastery, said he saw the woman at the temple for the first time in April. He said while still a monk, Mr Mitsuo had never talked about this. It was the right decision to leave the monkhood when he realised his feelings for the woman. 

(Source: Bangkok Post, RELIGION, Mitsuo left monkhood for a woman, 28/06/2013, Online Reporters, link)

Photo from Facebook of Suttirat Muttamara.


Buddhist Monk Vocabulary
 
Phra Mitsuo Gavesako - the Japanese monk and abbot who is the subject of this article, famous for promoting reading Dhamma books among young people (See Facebook & book project)

monastery - the place where monks live วัด, ที่อยู่ของพระ (See Wikipedia)
a forest monastery - a special kind of traditional Thai monastery located in the forest, a monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition (See Wikipedia)

monkhood - being a monk, living as a monk, life as a monk, the community of monks or "Sangha" สงฆ์ (See Wikipedia)
enter monkhood - start living as a monk
leaves monkhood - stop living as a monk
left monkhood

Mitsuo left monkhood for a woman

abbot - the head monk at a temple เจ้าอาวาส
abbot of a monastery

renowned - famous and admired for a special skill or achievement ที่มีชื่อเสียง
a renowned forest monastery  
abbot of the renowned Sunandavanaram forest monastery in Kanchanaburi

ordinary

an ordinary life

pursue - to work at something or carry it out ทำให้ลุล่วง to try to achieve something ดำเนินตาม, พยายามเพื่อให้ได้มาซึ่ง
pursue an ordinary life

left the monkhood to pursue an ordinary life
have a normal intimate relationship with a woman

Former monk Mitsuo Gavesako, who was abbot of the renowned Sunandavanaram forest monastery in Kanchanaburi, left the monkhood to pursue an ordinary life which allows him to have a normal intimate relationship with a woman.

revealed - made known or showed somthing that was surprising or that was previously secret เปิดเผย
revealed on her Facebook page

investment - taking your money and putting it into projects to make a profit or earn interest (buying stock shares, bonds, real estate)
investment to build a hospital

process - a series of actions taken to achieve a result แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
the ageing process

combat - 1. try to solve a problem (like you are fighting a serious war); 2. fighting during a war การต่อสู้

ageing - growing older 

combat the ageing process

The woman who revealed on her Facebook page she is the person closest to former Phra Mitsuo, whose real name is Mitsuo Shibahashi, is Suttirat Muttamara, 52. She is a sister of Democrat MP Vithayen Muttamara and also chairwoman of Q Medical Centre Co which in 2011 announced the investment of up to one billion baht to build a hospital to combat the ageing process.

identified - named ระบุชื่อ
the photo is identified as being taken in the Philippines

Ms Suttirat on Thursday evening posted five photos of her and Mr Mitsuo, 63. One of the photos is identified as being taken in the Philippines.

unfounded - were not true, did not actually happen, no facts to support them as true It

rumour - unofficial information that may or may not be true; a story that people are discussing but which may or may not be true ข่าวลือ (See Wikipedia)
an unfounded rumour

reputation - the opinion people have about how good or bad someone or something is ชื่อเสียง ความนับหน้าถือตา ที่เป็นที่รู้จัก
explain the truth to protect her reputation

blackmail - the crime of forcing people to do things by threatening to reveal embarasssing information if they don't

She said there was an unfounded rumour she has tried to blackmail Mr Mitsuo. He would soon step out to explain the truth to protect her reputation

respected - admired by many people for your qualities or achievements ที่เคารพ
respected their decision

Vittayen Muttamara, also posted on his Facebook page, admitting that Ms Suttirat is his sister and that he respected their decision. They were both adults and their decision was rightful. He did not know whether they will stay in Thailand or abroad.

conscious - aware; noticing that something exists or is happening and realising that it is important ความสำนึก ความตระหนักถึง
made a conscious decision 

Mr Vittayen said the former Phra Mitsuo had studied Buddhist teaching for a long time and had already quit the monkhood. He had made a conscious decision and knew what he will do in the future.  After 38 years in monkhood, Phra Mitsuo left the monkhood on June 8 and then left Thailand.

deputy - a person who is given the power to do something instead of another person, or the person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง, ตัวแทน,ผู้รักษาการแทน
deputy abbot of the monastery

realise - understand 
realised his feelings
he realised his feelings for the woman. 

Phra Nuphrom Suchato, deputy abbot of the monastery, said he saw the woman at the temple for the first time in April. He said while still a monk, Mr Mitsuo had never talked about this. It was the right decision to leave the monkhood when he realised his feelings for the woman. 

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