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Vipassana meditation was mentioned on the MonkforaMonth's web site, pls explain in short how it is taught?

And why is there a waiting period of 6-month before one can ordain as a monk?

Anyway, from your story, money is definitely needed by monks. Good luck with your visa next year.

Thank you B)

At the Monk for a Month project only ordination to Novice is given. The six months as Pahkow then one year as Novice before becoming a monk are the rules at Wat Pah Nanachart, Ubon..... and probably similar at all the Ajarn Chah branch monasteries.

I teach Vipassana according to the Mahasi Sayadaw method as I learned at Wat Amphawan, Singhburi and Wat Rampoeng, Chiangmai.

Perhaps some monks have personal bank accounts...from when they were still laymen...as I have....but mine is for the use of my family to access my army pension. I am not trying to accumulate riches....that is a layman's job.....a monk should be poor.

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At the Monk for a Month project only ordination to Novice is given. The six months as Pahkow then one year as Novice before becoming a monk are the rules at Wat Pah Nanachart, Ubon..... and probably similar at all the Ajarn Chah branch monasteries.

I teach Vipassana according to the Mahasi Sayadaw method as I learned at Wat Amphawan, Singhburi and Wat Rampoeng, Chiangmai.

Perhaps some monks have personal bank accounts...from when they were still laymen...as I have....but mine is for the use of my family to access my army pension. I am not trying to accumulate riches....that is a layman's job.....a monk should be poor.

So that is the rule by number of temples these days. That possibly makes it a bit harder on getting the right visa to stay for the duration. Is this rule also apply to Thais who are known to the temple e.g. live nearby etc?

Is there any Mahasi Sayadaw's books available in Thailand? Any to give to the novices and interested people?

Last but not least, should a monk accept a large donation so that he can redistribute that wealth to the poor people?

cheers...

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So that is the rule by number of temples these days. That possibly makes it a bit harder on getting the right visa to stay for the duration. Is this rule also apply to Thais who are known to the temple e.g. live nearby etc?

Is there any Mahasi Sayadaw's books available in Thailand? Any to give to the novices and interested people?

Last but not least, should a monk accept a large donation so that he can redistribute that wealth to the poor people?

Thais are not so restricted for being ordained.

Sayadaw books here for download...http://w w w.yellowrobe.com/images/library/books/(undo spaces in the www)

at WPN you can still get the one year extension of stay as a Novice monk or Pahkaw...

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Thais are not so restricted for being ordained.

Sayadaw books here for download...http://w w w.yellowrobe.com/images/library/books/(undo spaces in the www)

at WPN you can still get the one year extension of stay as a Novice monk or Pahkaw...

Thank you for the url. I had a quick look and bookmarked it too.

cheers...

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I still have my bank account, credit card, and wife from when I was a layman four months ago....although none of them are of much use to me now.... lol

I did not have to hand them over anyway....nor get divorced.

Are you permitted to deposit or withdraw money to/from your accounts, as a monk? I'm not asking whether you do, that's none of our business, nor is it a challenge -- I'm only curious, in general, whether Thai monks use personal bank accounts.

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Ah, good point. Thanks.

I have no problems with visa.

But I heard that for social work a special work permit and visa is possible.

I work in a Buddhist Wat as traditional doctor. My Luang Pho told me, that there is a special work permit possible, for volunteers etc.

Can somenone check it out.? I have good young people in Europe who would like to stay in a good Wat.

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Ah, good point. Thanks.

I have no problems with visa.

But I heard that for social work a special work permit and visa is possible.

I work in a Buddhist Wat as traditional doctor. My Luang Pho told me, that there is a special work permit possible, for volunteers etc.

Can somenone check it out.? I have good young people in Europe who would like to stay in a good Wat.

This thread may be helpful:

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And from the Thai embassy in the UK:

9. An NGO in Thailand has invited me to go there and work for them

as a volunteer for 45 days during my school break. I will not earn

any money in Thailand. I am a British college student in Liverpool.

I understand that I do not need a visa, do I?

A: Although you will work as a volunteer, you do need a Non-Immigrant visa as well as the Work Permit. The NGO must be legally registered with the Thai authority, and that you need a recommendation letter from the NGO for your visa application and the Work Permit.

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Ah, good point. Thanks.

I have no problems with visa.

But I heard that for social work a special work permit and visa is possible.

I work in a Buddhist Wat as traditional doctor. My Luang Pho told me, that there is a special work permit possible, for volunteers etc.

Can somenone check it out.? I have good young people in Europe who would like to stay in a good Wat.

This thread may be helpful:

http://www.thaivisa....volunteer-visa/

Thank you.

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New information. A Farang who wants to ordain in a Wat needs some papers of his past (diploma etc) translated in Thai.

Then a local guarantor (the abbot) and a big boss of the Thai Sangha (second guarantor) can accept the demand.

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with some tambun (donation) to the Wat it's easier. (But it will be a good Wat?)

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New information. A Farang who wants to ordain in a Wat needs some papers of his past (diploma etc) translated in Thai.

Then a local guarantor (the abbot) and a big boss of the Thai Sangha (second guarantor) can accept the demand.

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with some tambun (donation) to the Wat it's easier. (But it will be a good Wat?)

I've never heard of this, but do not doubt it's credibility. Truth be told it's about who you know. If you've been at a temple for a while participating in activities, there will be less 'red-tape' involved. But for a hopeful ordainee to show up new, I imagine there would be quite a process to go through.

Making merit in the form of donation would probably make it easier as well, but for those who are reading this who have never been in this situation, once again, it depends. My ordination required nothing other than my sponsors gathering my requisites. The current temple I stay at though has seen quite a few donations, more than likely for making merit with the additional 'face factor.'

The temple really is as good as you make it. I've stayed in what can be considered hell holes, but was aware that the foundation of one's practice comes from the heart, not the heart of others. The people that live in the monastery can help one progress greatly, but that is not always the case.

Good is subjective (but I will say that I was very lucky to ordain in a temple where my preceptor never referred to me as a 'falang', but a human being, like anyone else - of course that changed after visiting other temples, but those other temples are just that - visits and temporary stays).

For any monks who need to extend their visa who live in either Bangkok or Lopburi, and have questions as to how the procedure is done, feel free to p.m. me. I have no idea on how to obtain a visa, as that was done a long, long time ago, but do know how to submit an extension. Please keep in mind though it is the rainy season and there is much to do.

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