In Myanmar, a once revered monk falls from the people’s grace

Ashin Nyanissara has long courted controversy, but it took his support for a coup to finally deal his reputation a fatal blow

Around the turn of the 21st century, when I was still a political prisoner, I would often strain to hear the sermons of one of Myanmar’s most prominent Buddhist monks through the rusty iron bars of my cell.

The voice of Ashin Nyanissara—or Sitagu Sayadaw, as he is. . .

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