Just got back from Wat Suan Dok where they were celebrating Khao Phansa, the start of Buddhist Lent and the time when the monks enter the Temple for the next 3 months of the rainy season.
Here’s a nice link about the tradition – Khao Phansa .
The monks I have been helping with web-sites were all there and this was a great time to see them before they retire. Sorry I didn’t get any pictures as they had just gotten their heads and eyebrows shaven and really were quite sticking.
They will still have MonkChat but now it will end at 6 PM – that is the time when all the monks and novices have to return to the temple for prayers and meditation.
3 times the Lay people and the monks will walk around the Stupa and offer their life to the Buddhist path, thinking about what they have done the past year and what they can do better the coming year.
Phra Chhunny said he was going to get some pictures and would send them to me so I can post them on the blog. Phra Chhunny, Jerry and Leo, all have blogs now and I will post those links as well, they want to finalize the themes before fully opening them to the public.