Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Sãmaneras - Gadaladeniya Temple ~

... Lovely postcard nr2 is showing young novice monks... wearing the reddish or ochre robe of a sāmaṇera (Pali word for "novice")... they are boys who wish to experience the monastic life style, but who still didn't reach the required age for integrating the saṃgha (at least 20 years old, from the moment of conception)... with nice monk stamp...Thanks again dear Ravindra!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

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.

© Photo: Vijitha&Lalana Yapa

United Nations Day of Vesak
(Issued 12-05-2017)2017

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(Issued 03-08-2017)

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