|It takes merit to feel called to ordain as a monk.|
It is the last day of the third week to learn about the concept of “love.” At dawn the novices and their monastic mentors gathered for morning chanting, part of the daily routine of monastic life.
After chanting they go for alms in the nearby community and the tree tunnels as usual. Although it rains, there are lots of people waiting to offer food, which for them is a way of making merit.
|The first novice was the Buddha's son, age 7.|
Mentors teach them the basics of Buddhism's 13 "sane ascetic practices" (dhutanga) although, due to their age and maturity-level, they are still not allowed to make pilgrimages to the forest.
In the afternoon the first activity the novices undertake is to create their own Buddhas from clay with Mr. D. (Mr. Dusadee Rukmanee), a skilled sculptor whose works are inspired by his interest in Buddhism.
They then learn to color the clay sculptures with Ms. Phatcharamon Sawana, a teacher and motivational mentor, who also shares her inspiring experience on getting through difficult times in life.
After that they enjoy refreshments and practice their evening chants. ©TruePlookPanya