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Practice of Physical Punishment in Monastery and Its Psychological Effects

Recent detention of two senior monks from a Buddhist monastery in Nepal reminds us that many monk-students still experience physical punishment in the monasteries. According to Dr. Lhamo Sherpa, the monks were detained after the parents of their student reported Nepali police of them beating up the student. A various studies show practice of physical punishment of children has far reaching effects in both physical and mental health. A Canadian research said even as small as spanking “erodes developmental growth in children and decreases a child’s IQ.” Dr. Lhamo believes that the monks who were beaten would also grow up with a habit of beating their students. “These two monks had just come out of three-year-meditation and obviously they still can’t control their anger,” she told Healthy Lifestyle.