Gadaladeniya Temple is a Buddhist monastery built on a rocky outcrop in Diggala in the district of Kandy. According to an inscription carved into the walls the temple was built in 1344 AD by King Buwanekabaghu the fourth.
A sāmaṇera (Pali) is a novice male monastic in a Buddhist context. A novice is therefore a person training into renunciation, living along with the saṃgha and shaves off his head.
The code of discipline that he is liable to observe is far less elaborated than the one observed by monks, as for most of it, it is confined within 10 precepts. As only a sāmaṇera can integrate the saṃgha, anybody wishing to become a monk (bhikkhu) must necessarily and in a preliminary stage take the precepts of sāmaṇera.
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