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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    The land is usually donated to them by someone wanting to make merit (so much for the kids).
    ....and in turn the Wat [and ajoining land] seeks to gain profit in some manner or another.

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    Do they run a banking service for the locals? I've been to pay money into an account to somebody at the temple but they may have been tesseban people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers
    The monks go out every morning in our village to collect food. I was told they only eat once a day.
    Monks don't collect food on Buddha Day's. Food is taken to them at the temple. They eat twice a day, 8 am and just before 12 noon. Except for my BiL when he did his 3 months. He used to phone my missus at tea time to cook him some food and she'd have it ready for when he popped in.
    Actually ...

    The times for consumption of food do vary.

    Sometimes it's just once a day.

    As you would expect in Thailand and with Thai Monks around the World, regional variances ... just like we get different 'rules' from each Immigration or Driving Centres.


    What Pragmatic suggests above is quite common, but not the only eating style, so rickschoppers, you are also correct. Just my experience.


    My partner's relative is a monk and we had the pleasure (if you can call it that) of being invited into his abode and, after an extended prayer session with a few other Monks, we were able to look through the vendible Treasure Trove of offerings he has received. 'Treasure Trove' is a generous term.


    I'll have a hunt around and see if I can find the Pics/videos

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers
    The monks go out every morning in our village to collect food. I was told they only eat once a day.
    Monks don't collect food on Buddha Day's. Food is taken to them at the temple. They eat twice a day, 8 am and just before 12 noon. Except for my BiL when he did his 3 months. He used to phone my missus at tea time to cook him some food and she'd have it ready for when he popped in.
    Actually ...

    The times for consumption of food do vary.

    Sometimes it's just once a day.

    As you would expect in Thailand and with Thai Monks around the World, regional variances ... just like we get different 'rules' from each Immigration or Driving Centres.


    What Pragmatic suggests above is quite common, but not the only eating style, so rickschoppers, you are also correct. Just my experience.


    My partner's relative is a monk and we had the pleasure (if you can call it that) of being invited into his abode and, after an extended prayer session with a few other Monks, we were able to look through the vendible Treasure Trove of offerings he has received. 'Treasure Trove' is a generous term.


    I'll have a hunt around and see if I can find the Pics/videos
    Nice diddy, David....

    Closer than not, there isn't a standard regarding respective Wats and regions policy as such applies to the quantity of times food is taken during any 24 hour period - it does vary from locale.
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    Found a Vid ...


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    I now believe there is no standard number of monks since the word standard does not exist in the Thai language or culture. Everyone seems to do their own thing and never work or do anything within a specific limit.

    However, I am sure if you ask a Thai how many monks for each wat, they will lie and give you a number.

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    Not all monks live in a Wat. Some live on old burial/burning grounds. That is a place called 'Ghost Wood', near to where I live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The village I live in is fairly large but there are only two monks left at the local wat. Twenty years ago, there were several, but they have grown old and died off. The abbot, who died just last month, never took new monks in. I heard those two monks left can't even go out in the morning for alms. Don't know what will happen to the wat in the future.
    Went to tam boon the other day and the two old monks I mentioned were there with three new monks. The new monks they have taken on are just teenagers. Better be fast learners!

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The village I live in is fairly large but there are only two monks left at the local wat. Twenty years ago, there were several, but they have grown old and died off. The abbot, who died just last month, never took new monks in. I heard those two monks left can't even go out in the morning for alms. Don't know what will happen to the wat in the future.
    Went to tam boon the other day and the two old monks I mentioned were there with three new monks. The new monks they have taken on are just teenagers. Better be fast learners!
    The new young monks that you saw are probably doing their duty to become a monk for a few months and then return to their every day life. Did you happen to ask if this was the case?

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