Back when I was a kid, to be ordained into a young novice monk which we called “Naen” in Thai would be something I absolutely would never do. I never really understood what good it can come from living a monastery life full of duties, obligations, restrictions, and traditions. The no-eating-after-12-noon-rule was enough to scare my young self away. It was not until I turned 24 that I could gather enough strength to became a monk and studied buddhism.
Fortunately, my 9 years old nephew, Oscar, had a lot more courage than when I was at his age. This summer he made a brave decision to experience the young buddhist novice monk life. Seeing Oscar going through the transformation from normal city boy into a shaved-head-orange-rope-little-monk gave me and our family lots of joy and happiness.
Yes, Oscar probably still the same boy but with cloth of a monk. Yes, enlighten was probably in another galaxy far far away. But his decision to go through this made us all very proud. It was a big forward step for him.
Congratulation Naen Oscar….