Rules of a Novice Monk
Trip Start Nov 05, 2007
58Trip End Jun 22, 2008
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The pictures in this entry are from our after breakfast walk, around the city. It ended up taking us 7 hours!
A main food in the Lao diet is "sticky rice" which is cooked daily and then placed out in the sun to dry
We stopped by a temple today and meet with about 10-15 young "novice" monks around the ages of 12 to 17 years old. They were learning English in school and wanted to talk to us in order to practice (not English we told them , but American). I asked them the major rules of being a monk and here is their listed.
1. No killing of any live thing (from a insect on up)
2. No stealing
3. Do not touch a woman
4. No drinking of alcohol
5. Do not tell a lie
6. No eating after 12:00 noon
7. No singing
8. No cologne
9. No sleeping higher then a Monk
10. No gambling or selling of anything
The full list is 227 (to be a "full Monk"), they did not know why it stopped at that number. It was very interesting talking to them and getting to understand their daily life.