Srinakharinwirot University's Faculty of Social Sciences has just conducted a survey of around 1,000 residents in the greater Bangkok area, asking them about their attitudes to making merit, Asarnha Bucha day and other topics related to Buddhism.
Almost 75% of those surveyed said they felt motivated to make merit on important days in the Buddhist calendar, especially if accompanied to the temple by their family. That's a bit of good news since it would seem to indicate that the majority of people are prepared to commit themselves to performing good deeds at least on certain days of the year.
Another question involved the ongoing Luang Pu Nen Kham scandal. Participants were asked if the behaviour of this defrocked monk _ accused of living like a movie star, having sex with an underage teenager and being involved in fraud and money-laundering _ caused them to lose faith in Buddhism.
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