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Buddhist monk speaks out after attack

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A Buddhist monk who was attacked and robbed at a temple in Nashville is speaking out. Robberies and burglaries at Buddhist temples have been reported in Nashville and Austin, Texas.

Nom Lengslvath lives at the Wat Lao Buddhist Temple on Old Hickory Boulevard in Nashville, WKRN reports. On November 27, he heard a knock at the door around 9 a.m. and opened the door to a group of five people. One woman was holding a small child claiming to be sick.

According to WSMV, the group allegedly forced their way in. They hit Lengslvath and held him down as they made their way through the temple. WKRN reports that Lengslvath lost $4,000 during the robbery.

“Every time I’m talking about it happened, I feel, you know, the same thing I feel the day it happened, but I’m not scared,” Lengslvath told WKRN.

Lengslvath hopes the police catch the culprits.

Buddhist monks in Texas have also been experiencing a number of burglaries. NBC in Dallas-Ft. Worth reports that the Buddhist community is asking the FBI to investigate.

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