Monk and Boy

Thomas Borchert

in Little Buddhas

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199860265
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979929 | DOI:

Series: AAR Religion, Culture, and History

Monk and Boy

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Among the Dai-lue, a Theravāda Buddhist minority of Southwest China, it used to be that all young men were ordained as novices as a process of learning how to be a good member of society. In the early twenty-first century, being a good community member is no longer tied to Buddhist culture. Nonetheless, a significant portion of Dai-lue boys continue to ordain and to study in Buddhist temples. This chapter attempts to explain why boys continue to ordain and what life is like for them in the temples, emphasizing the necessity of seeing them as ordinary boys and as monastics.

Keywords: Theravāda; China; ordination; novice; parent; child; Dai-lue

Chapter.  8747 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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