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The Thai word for ‘to be’ Posted by on Nov 30, 2013

The Thai word เป็น bpenM is one of the most common words you’ll use in the language, and so is imperative that you understand it early on. It roughly translates to mean ‘to be’, similar to the Spanish word ‘ser’ for those who speak Spanish. เป็น describes a state of being, saying ‘this is the…

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How to Become a Thai Monk: First Impressions and Daily Schedule, part 2 Posted by on Nov 29, 2013

 [This article is a continuation of a series of articles on becoming a Thai Buddhist monk.]   Reading Books While it wasn’t required of me, I felt I should try to study Buddhist teachings while I’m a monk. I read various literature and watched documentaries on Youtube. The book I really recommend is “Handbook for…

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How to Become a Thai Monk: First Impressions and Daily Schedule, part 1 Posted by on Nov 27, 2013

I had internally imagined what life as a monk would be like long before becoming one. And after becoming one, my expectations were mostly the same. As you read this, keep in mind that monk life in the US is much more comfortable than in Thailand. The rules are a bit different, too, for practical…

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