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4th and Long
06-13-2006, 07:38 AM
ROFL

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian Buddhist monks are getting some slack to watch the World Cup on television, but not much.

They're not allowed to cheer, get excited or bet on the matches.

They normally aren't supposed to watch TV, movies or artistic displays. According to Buddhism's strictest rules, they should abstain from pleasurable activities. More than 90 percent of the country's 13 million people are Buddhist.

The Supreme Patriarch, Non Ngeth, is willing to make allowances for the World Cup, though.

The games in Germany began Friday and run until July 9.

He has cause for some concern about monk behavior. In recent years, several monks have made newspaper headlines for fighting with slingshots and petrol bombs at a temple, molesting a boy, beating a man and stealing motorcycles.

JBucc
06-13-2006, 07:41 AM
In recent years, several monks have made newspaper headlines for fighting with slingshots and petrol bombs at a temple, molesting a boy, beating a man and stealing motorcycles.crazy ass monksROFL

The Red Sea
06-13-2006, 07:45 AM
Odd the same goes for me apparently.

I'm allowed to watch it but I cant seem to enjoy it either!

BigRedChief
06-13-2006, 08:18 AM
ROFL

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian Buddhist monks are getting some slack to watch the World Cup on television, but not much.

They're not allowed to cheer, get excited or bet on the matches.

They normally aren't supposed to watch TV, movies or artistic displays. According to Buddhism's strictest rules, they should abstain from pleasurable activities. More than 90 percent of the country's 13 million people are Buddhist.

The Supreme Patriarch, Non Ngeth, is willing to make allowances for the World Cup, though.

The games in Germany began Friday and run until July 9.

He has cause for some concern about monk behavior. In recent years, several monks have made newspaper headlines for fighting with slingshots and petrol bombs at a temple, molesting a boy, beating a man and stealing motorcycles.
From Jay Leno's monologue last night 06/12/06:

They are allowing monks to watch the World cup soccer matchs but they're not allowed to cheer, get excited or bet on the matches just sit and watch the games......much like Royals fans....

True story. Not BS

StcChief
06-13-2006, 08:31 AM
From Jay Leno's monologue last night 06/12/06:

They are allowing monks to watch the World cup soccer matchs but they're not allowed to cheer, get excited or bet on the matches just sit and watch the games......much like Royals fans....

True story. Not BS

Bag Fans where are you... the time is now to show true disgust in the next homestand.

Herzig
06-13-2006, 09:04 AM
ROFL

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian Buddhist monks are getting some slack to watch the World Cup on television, but not much.

They're not allowed to cheer, get excited or bet on the matches.

They normally aren't supposed to watch TV, movies or artistic displays. According to Buddhism's strictest rules, they should abstain from pleasurable activities. More than 90 percent of the country's 13 million people are Buddhist.

The Supreme Patriarch, Non Ngeth, is willing to make allowances for the World Cup, though.

The games in Germany began Friday and run until July 9.

He has cause for some concern about monk behavior. In recent years, several monks have made newspaper headlines for fighting with slingshots and petrol bombs at a temple, molesting a boy, beating a man and stealing motorcycles.

Most male Buddists have a period of their lives where they become monks. Buddism is all about achieving total 'contentment' or acheiving total happiness through no wants, desires, or material possessions. Pretty much the total opposite of the American way of living. I find it a pretty interesting religion personally. As far as a few monks breaking the law, there's always a handful of bad apples out there to give the rest a bad name.

Dartgod
06-13-2006, 09:10 AM
Speaking of monks, I heard an interesting story the other day...

In Las Vegas, there are more Catholic churches than there are casinos. Not surprisingly, some worshippers at Sunday services will give casino chips rather than cash when the basket is passed. Since they get chips from so many different casinos, the churches have devised a method to collect the offerings. The churches send all their collected chips to a nearby Franciscan Monastery for sorting and then the chips are taken to the casinos of origin and cashed in.



















This, of course, is done by the chip monks.

Ba-Da-Boom! Thanks folks, I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress.

Predarat
06-13-2006, 09:56 AM
Maybe they should decide to pull for the USA team.

BigRedChief
06-13-2006, 12:04 PM
Most male Buddists have a period of their lives where they become monks. Buddism is all about achieving total 'contentment' or acheiving total happiness through no wants, desires, or material possessions. Pretty much the total opposite of the American way of living. I find it a pretty interesting religion personally. As far as a few monks breaking the law, there's always a handful of bad apples out there to give the rest a bad name.

You sound like some pinko commie liberal trying to destory the fabric of the American family.

Rain Man
06-13-2006, 12:11 PM
Odd the same goes for me apparently.

I'm allowed to watch it but I cant seem to enjoy it either!

Exactly. Why should the monks be any different than the rest of us?

Rain Man
06-13-2006, 12:14 PM
I have to share this, just because it was kind of surreal. When I went to India many years ago, one of our flights inside the country got painfully and slowly canceled. My friend and I ended up sitting around in a hotel lobby for over 12 hours waiting for them to make a decision on it, and there was only one other traveling group with us: a groups of about 30 to 40 Thai monks, with the saffron robes and shaved heads. We're all sitting around staring at each other for several hours, and I'm not sure who thought the other one was more odd. It was just one of many moments during where I found myself thinking, "This place is different."

greg63
06-13-2006, 12:23 PM
Hey, let's show the monks a little respect. After all, they have taken a vow of celibacy like their fathers and their fathers before them.

FringeNC
06-13-2006, 12:31 PM
You think that's bad:

Islamic militiamen who have seized control of Somalia's capital fired guns in the air and cut electricity to makeshift cinemas to prevent people from watching the World Cup, witnesses said.

The Islamic Courts Union broke up gatherings to watch the soccer matches Saturday, witnesses said. A strict interpretation of Islamic law often bans Western films and television as immoral.

"As soon as the Islamists took over the security of our city, we thought we would get freedom. But now they have been preventing us from watching the World Cup," said Adam Hashi-Ali, a teenager in Mogadishu.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-06-11-somalia-worldcup_x.htm