Ordination de 285 bonzes novices / 285 novice monks ordination

Le 10 juillet 2011, nous avons assisté à l’ordination de 285 bonzes novices au temple de marbre ou Wat Benchamabopit à Bangkok. Les novices étaient de jeunes garçons appartenant à des minorités ethniques de 13 provinces du nord de la Thaïlande.  L’événement fait partie d’un projet royal destiné à promouvoir le bouddhisme au sein des minorités ethniques. Si il est d’usage pour les familles des novices de financer ce type de cérémonie, ces jeunes garçons ont bénéficié de l’aide de sponsor privés qui ont versé chacun 2 500 Baht (soit env. 58 Euros) à un fond spécial de scolarisation. Afin de gagner des mérites, ils ont également offert des robes aux novices. Pour plus de détails et de photos, cliquer ICI (article de Richard Barrow).

From Richard Barrow’s blog : « Last July 10th, 285 Hilltribe people, mainly youngsters, were being ordained as novice monks t the Marble Temple also called Wat Benchamabopit in Bangkok. The boys and young adults taking part in this ordination ceremony came from 13 different provinces around Thailand. This is an annual project that has been organized in order to promote Buddhism among the Hilltribe people. This year it was done in honour of the 84th birthday of H.M. The King which is on the 5th December. Normally young men being ordained as monks are supported by their families. However, as many of these Hilltribe people come from poor backgrounds, members of the public were invited to sponsor one of the novice monks. They donated 2,500 Baht to a scholarship fund and were then able to make merit by presenting the robes. » (For more details and photos, click HERE).


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