Complaint against 'son' of Lord Buddha

Complainants including lawyer Ananchai Chaiyadet, centre, speak to reporters at the Central Investigation Bureau on Monday. (Police photo)
Complainants including lawyer Ananchai Chaiyadet, centre, speak to reporters at the Central Investigation Bureau on Monday. (Police photo)

An eight-year-old boy is facing a legal complaint over claims that he is the reincarnated son of the Lord Buddha who possesses magical powers to "connect people's minds".

A complaint was filed with the Central Investigation Bureau against "Nong Nice" and eight other people who manage Nong Nice's "mind connection" office and website on Monday.

The complaint was filed by a number of high-profile social critics.

They also called for a reform of the law governing the Sangha Council — the governing body of Thailand's Buddhist order — to rein in those who distort the teachings of the Lord Buddha.

The complainants said the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) must act promptly to investigate the "mind connection" office and people who run it, saying they were spreading false information to the general public.

One complainant, a lawyer, said the CIB has been asked to investigate if Nong Nice and other individuals associated with the sect committed fraud.

He said the boy's parents are likely to be behind the scheme, telling people that Nong Nice was the son of Lord Buddha in his previous life, and has miraculous powers associated with the naga, a giant serpent in Thai mythology.

He also attacked the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security for not doing enough to stop Nong Nice from engaging in questionable acts.

Nong Nice (photo: Niramitdhevajuti Facebook page)



Another complainant said a number of victims have come forth to expose the scheme but the police, the NOB and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security have failed to take any action, he said.

One of the victims said he attended the course on mind connection and learned it was a sham.

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Vocabulary

  • complainant (noun): a person who makes a formal complaint - ผู้ร้อง(ทุกข์)
  • complaints (noun): when people say that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การร้องเรียน
  • connection: a relationship between people or groups - ความสัมพันธ์
  • critic: a person who expresses disapproval of somebody/something and talks about their bad qualities, especially publicly - ผู้วิจารณ์, ผู้จับผิด, ผู้วิเคราะห์
  • distort: to change something such as information so that it is not longer true or accurate - บิดเบือน
  • engage in: to take part in a particular activity - เกี่ยวข้อง มีส่วนร่วม
  • expose: to make something publicly known because you believe it is illegal or dishonest - ตีแผ่ เปิดเผย
  • false: not true -
  • fraud: something (or someone) that deceives people by not being what it seems to be; bogus - ไม่แท้ การโกง การหลอกลวง
  • mind: the part of a person that makes them able to be aware of things, to think and to feel; your ability to think and reason; your intelligence; the particular way that somebody thinks - สติปัญญา, จิตใจ, ความรู้สึกนึกคิด
  • miraculous: extremely lucky and unexpected - อย่างมหัศจรรย์ อย่างไม่น่าเชื่อ
  • questionable: involving doubts about whether something has been done properly - ที่น่าสงสัย
  • reform: to make a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair - แก้ไข ปฏิรูป
  • rein in: to control or limit -
  • reincarnate: to be born again - เกิดใหม่
  • scheme: a plan for achieving something, especially something illegal or dishonest - แผนการ (ที่มีท่าว่าจะผิดกฎหมาย)
  • sect: a small group of people who belong to a particular religion but who have some beliefs or practices which separate them from the rest of the group - นิกาย (ทางศาสนา),กลุ่ม, พรรค
  • sham: something that people pretend is good, serious, or honest but is really not - การปลอมแปลง
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