Category Archives: Life in the Saffron Forest

Life in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 17

An excerpt from Sathienpong Wanapok’s book ‘Life in the Saffron Forest’ on the various kinds of funeral chanting performed by the monks. Continue reading

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Life in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 16

A chapter from Sathienpong Wanapok’s book ‘Life in the Saffron Forest’ on the Royal Park Pali examinations for monks and novices. Continue reading

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Life in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 15

A chapter from Sathienpong Wanapok’s book ‘Life in the Saffron Forest’ on the Pali examinations at the Royal Park. Continue reading

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Life in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 14

Sathienpong Wanapok’s description of the Buddhist monk who kept ascetic practices but thought he was superior to others. Continue reading

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LIfe in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 13

A description by Sathienpong Wanapok of his life as a novice monk in Thailand, and the practice of chanting and keeping ascetic observances. Continue reading

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Life in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 12

An account by Sathienpong Wanapok of the importance of almsround in Buddhism and a contemporary story about competition for almsfood in Thailand. Continue reading

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Life in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 11

A description by Sathienpong Wanapok of various duties that Buddhist monks are obliged to uphold, and the various illnesses that Buddhist novices were prone to succumb to. Continue reading

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Life in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 10

In the Saffron Forest, the one thing that was the same for the monks and novices was the procedure of confessing offences, which the novices called ‘redeeming one’s virtue.’

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Life in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 9

An account of the Buddhist monks at Wat Bahn Huay in Thailand preparing for the Vassa – the annual Rains Retreat. Continue reading

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Life in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 8

An account of the formal Pali studies in Thai monasteries Continue reading

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