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The Many Sub-Languages of Thai Posted by on Feb 10, 2014

Thai is not just one language universally spoken in Thailand, but in fact there are many regional and local dialects, and yet more special manners of speaking given the situation. This article will list all the forms of Thai …

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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How to Become a Thai Monk: Preparation, part 3 Posted by on Oct 28, 2013

Preparing for งานบวช ngaan1 buad2 is not much different from preparing for a wedding. It is an entire family affair where everyone gets involved and helps out. You need to have ‘rented’ a temple, donations for monks, a full meal ready for all the guests, musical instruments, flowers…

How to Become a Thai Monk: Preparation, part 2 Posted by on Oct 26, 2013

Beyond memorizing the chanting you also should practice kneeling like a monk. While most Thais have no problem with it, the larger heavier framed farang can find it painful. I certainly did. As a monk, you’ll be expected to kneel one to two hours per day. For me, the kneeling position…

How to Become a Thai Monk: Preparation, part 1 Posted by on Oct 12, 2013

After you’ve qualified and learned the basic rules to becoming a Buddhist monk, you then can be ordained. Ordination isn’t an easy task and can be as complicated and time consuming as preparing for a wedding. Your very first task should be …

How to Become a Thai Monk: 227 Rules, part 4 Posted by on Oct 6, 2013

Is it ok for a monk to wear shoes? Use a phone? Own an iPhone? Drive a car? Eat steak at Sizzler, use a computer, use Facebook, shake hands with a woman, use money, etc.?

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