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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Asalha Puja and the Patimokha in Northeast Thailand, Buddhism

Having been ordained earlier in the day the new Bhikkhus take part in their first recitation of the 227 rules a monk follow throughout his life as a monk. The recitation has to be word perfect, in correct Pali. Getting this down is one of the major "chores" of a newly ordained bhikkhu. The senior incumbent is seated behind the reciter to make sure the resitation is correct and on occasion to offer a bit of torment when needed.