what activity was at the Wat Montien Temple– just 3 blocks away from our Condo – today the monks clean it and the candle and merit ceremony will be on Sunday, then on Monday and Tuesday is the start of the Buddhist Lent and the monks retire to the Temples for the rainy season. They used to fully confine themselves to the temple area because. as custom has it, they did not want to kill by stepping on any animal as they walked in the rainy season – puddles could hide animals and they would step on them without knowing. The monks are also preparing circular amulets of the Buddha to sell to the people tomorrow as fund raising for the Temple. As you can see they have a large variety of colors available, and this only shows about a quarter of the ones laid out to dry in the Temple.
I was very fortunate to meet a Novice Monk (Van) who showed me around the Temple grounds and told me the story of the celebration. He is from Lao, living at this temple while studying here in Chiang Mai at Wat Suan Dok – a very beautiful Temple nearby and the nearest Monk Novice School. Van is studying English Language as well as the standard Buddhist classes. It was a lot of fun talking to him and what a beautiful young man. He says it will take him about 9 years to graduate from Novice class to a full Monk. After he graduates from school he plans on returning to Lao and his Temple.
He also offered to give me a personal tour of Wat Suan Dok on Wednesday and that I would never refuse – so I will should have some great shots to show you then.