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    The 68-year-old monk even built a guillotine for the ritual, which he had reportedly been planning for years.

    A Buddhist monk called Thammakorn Wangpreecha committed suicide by lopping off his head on his birthday to honour Buddha, Metro writes. The incident happened in a temple in Thailand's northeast.

    According to the media outlet, the monk had been secretly planning his suicide for a while. 

    "His wish was to offer his head and soul so the Lord could reincarnate him as a higher spiritual being in the next life," Metro quoted the monk's brother, who found a note near the body. 

    Around 300 devotees arrived at the Wat Phu Hin temple, where Wangpreecha served, to pay him respect and prepare his body for a Buddhist funeral. 

    In the wake of the deadly sacrifice, the country's national Office of Buddhism urged people not to follow in the monk's footsteps, saying that giving to charity is a better option.  

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