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"Studying Theravada Buddhist at a monastery" Myanmar (Burma) Local Custom Tip by hydronetta

Myanmar (Burma) Local Customs: 149 reviews and 220 photos

We had the unique luck to take an idea of daily monk life at a monastery in Bago.
Of special interest was the studying lessons:
Becoming a Buddhist monk means that someone is joining a community – the sangha – the purpose of which is to study and practice the Buddha’s teachings in order to keep them alive, and whenever possible, to share them with others. One should have a thorough understanding of the fundamental teachings of the Buddha, such as the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim) and so forth. This normally requires several years of study and practice under the guidance of a qualified teacher.
It was fascinating to witness the teaching procedure (it took place just before lunch): the young monks were lying on the flour with their books in front of them rather sitting in desks and in one voice they were repeating their teacher’s worlds, making the whole procedure like singing.
Thankfully we were allowed to take photos, in fact noone paid attention to our presence..

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  • Written Jan 11, 2007
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