CecilN wrote:After reading the inspiring article about bhikkhuni Venerable Candā & the Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project, I found this article about the Thai King's funeral very disturbing because, imo, it does not matter who you are, even the Lord Buddha himself, when you are not invited you are not invited. Demanding privileges, status & respect is not the practise of Buddhism. This is not the way to earn respect & support by gate crashing a funeral (particularly when you could be meditating, following the Lord Buddha's directive).
I'm don't know what is the practice in your land but in Asia and in Thailand, one does not invite others to a funeral. A funeral is generally open to the public and anyone can come to pay one's respect to the deceased. Stopping a person from attending a funeral is considered extremely bad form. Consider this: Laymen, laywomen, Theravada monks, maechees, Thai Mahayana monks and nuns, foreign nationals, Catholic monks and nuns, clergy of all religions and of all nationalities are not stopped. But Thai bhikkhunis are not allowed?