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Meet the "Most Holy German in Thailand" - the first foreigner to pass high level Buddhist exams

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Meet the "Most Holy German in Thailand" - the first foreigner to pass high level Buddhist exams

 

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Picture: Sanook

 

A German who has lived most of his adult life in Thailand's north east studying Buddhism is being hailed as the most holy German in Thailand.

 

Phra Khru Ubon Pawanawitet (once known as Henning Guerlee (name transliterated from Thai)) has become the first foreigner to pass exams marking him as a Buddhist Preceptor.

 

Phra Khru Ubon first got interested in Buddhism when he was studying physics at university in Berlin in his native Germany. After graduation he headed for Thailand and was ordained at the international temple in Ubon in 1998.

 

Since then he has garnered the attention of many top monks and spiritual leaders who have helped him climb up the Sangha ladder until he was named abbot.

 

He told Sanook that he had a great interest in Thai culture and his faith in Buddhist has enabled him to progress on the path to enlightenment.

 

And on this spiritual journey he has inspired many other foreigners to follow a similar path.

 

On Sunday a ceremony held in Bangkok by the Mahathera Council gave out diplomas that elevated 200 monks to the preceptor grade.

 

Source: Sanook

 
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1 minute ago, webfact said:

helped him climb up the Sangha ladder

I climbed up the Singha ladder instead, maybe I took the wrong road ? :giggle:

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Most holly german in Thailand... as oppose to the most HATED gerrman

in Thailand, talking about the fork in the road ahead....

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I don't know what an enlightenment exam would consist of...

"What is the sound of one hand clapping? D. None of the above."

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1 hour ago, Thaiwrath said:

I climbed up the Singha ladder instead, maybe I took the wrong road ? :giggle:

Assuming you didn't fall off, you did just fine. 

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3 minutes ago, Ruffian Dick said:

Pretty sure that was supposed to have been taken humorously.

Just so sad, that is was zero humour in it then.

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I would love to see a copy of that exam. I have to wonder because I know the basic tenants of Buddhist philosophy and I see how Thai monks behave in practice and frequently they seem to be in opposition. 

 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

elevated 200 monks to the preceptor grade

 

Oh yes,  perceptor grade, the equivalent of level 13 in Temple Run.

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ha ha ha, thanks tv this one cheered me up.

 

hope those teaching are keeping things working in harmony

 

the hierarchy of monks is thai then japan then, or if you are lao then lao then japan then, or if you are burmian then burma then japan then  

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I remember a book by Richard Randall who was the first westerner to be ordained in Bangkok in the early 50's. I think there was something like 260 rules they had to keep one being NOT having any money and owning only tunics and bowls for alms collections. In the forest temple near our house they even have smart phones now- to help them get away from it all!

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