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Young "Samanera " in a monastery of the north of the Shan state.


Young samanera in Myanmar


Young " samanera " (novice in Pali) in a monastery of the north of the Shan state. This monastery
is especially remote and this young samanera had not probably met a lot
of westerners in his young life. We had lunch at the monastery and he was quite interested by us.
At his majority, the samanera will decide if he wishes to continue in the
monastic life or if he wishes to become again a layman. A monk can leave a monastery and
come back as layman when he wants. The Burmese (men
and women) become monk or nun time to time during their life .


North of the state Shan - Myanmar (Burma) - 1999

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