Buddhist novices are aged from 7 up to 20. Some boys are ordained to please their family, while others voluntarily became novices for many reasons.
They say, for instance, they want to make new friends, change their living atmosphere, and show gratitude to their parents. Some of them even say they were inspired by last year’s movie “Orahun Summer”, or “Enlightened Summer”, a comedy about the fun of becoming novices in the summer time.
The little monks at Yannawa Temple shared with us how they felt living at the temple.
“I like it a little. I like asking for alms in the morning because I can get to go outside.”
“I gain knowledge about Buddhism from monk teachers."
“We get to practice our patience, learn dhamma, learn how to meditate and also we can make a lot of friends.”
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