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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.?

How to Become a Thai Monk: 227 Rules, part 3 Posted by on Oct 3, 2013

I really tried to be a good monk by reading and following all the rules. But, it turned out many of the rules are really strange and the monks simply ignored/violated them. Let me explain . . .

How to Become a Thai Monk: 227 Rules, part 2 Posted by on Sep 30, 2013

In my previous posts I talked about the rules to follow before becoming a monk. After becoming a monk there are 227 more rules one must follow, called wenai, which is something like a highly expanded version of the 10 Commandments.

How to Become a Thai Monk: 227 Rules, part 1 Posted by on Sep 25, 2013

My new life as a monk was one of perpetual confusion. I would only manage to get by on a daily basis by observing and imitation. But one particular day of massive confusion stood out as the most memorable, of which I’d like to share.

How to Become a Thai Monk: Ordination Rules Posted by on Sep 24, 2013

Before even becoming a monk there is a list of qualifications (อันตรายิกธรรม) you must first pass. You will be asked about each qualification along with additional questions about why you would like to be ordained. Below is the ordered list of 13 qualifications.