|Dressed like Prince Rahula|
One has his head shaven and vows to adhere to ten precepts (rather than the monks' 227 rules) for at least a week.
|The renunciation ceremony|
The temporary ordination ceremony is called Shinbyu in Burmese. The practice is not limited to Theravada Buddhists in Southeast Asia but is practiced throughout the Buddhist world except in Sri Lanka where temporary ordination is not done. The first Buddhist novice was the Buddha's son, Prince Rahula, who became a monastic at age 7.
The first novice
|Rahula, his father the Buddha, and Ananda|
|Bang the gong not the tympani, venerable. I'll ring the bell, handle the vajra. You guys chant.|
|Vajrayana child novices enjoy temporary ordination throughout the Himalayas -- in India (Ladakh, Dharmsala, AP, HP, Sikkim...), Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China (dietmartemps.com)|
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