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Little BuddhasChildren and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions$
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Vanessa R. Sasson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199860265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860265.001.0001

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Monk and Boy

Monk and Boy

Becoming a Novice in Contemporary Sipsongpannā

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(p.247) Chapter 10 Monk and Boy
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Little Buddhas
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Thomas Borchert

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860265.003.0010

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

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