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December 2017- Preparation, hair shaving, donation to hospital

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Above: This event, we have 7 participants who would be undergoing full ordination as monks for the duration of about 9 days.

Above: 2 ladies (dressed in white) who undergo temporary ordination as nuns.

PREPARATION OF DONATIONS TO BAN PHAEO HOSPITAL

Helping out with the preparation for donation to hospital

4 Dec 2017- Everyone is helping to pack about 200 packs of items consisting of food and useful items to be donated to the staff and patients of Ban Phaeo hospital.

Helping out with the preparation for donation to hospital

 

Preparation for donation to hospital about 200 packets of food and useful daily items

The finished items being packed and ready to be taken to the hospital later.

 

5 DEC 2017- HAIR SHAVING

5 Dec 2017- Participants making their aspiration before hair shaving event.

Before hair shaving

5 Dec 2017- Before hair shaving

Hair shaving

First, there is a symbolic cutting of a small lock of hair by family members. If the family member is not present, then a representative would help to cut a small lock of hair.

Hair shaving

This is followed by applying shampoo to make it easier to shave the hair. Kubah helped to shave the hair of all the 7 participants.

Brow shaving

In Thai tradition, the eyebrows are also shaved for those who wish to undergo ordination.

After hair shaving, turmeric (kunyit) powder mixed with water would be applied on the body of the participants. Applying turmeric is to remove the impurities from the body and also to signify a new life that the participants would soon undertake.

After which, the turmeric would be washed off the body symbolising the removal of impurities.

VISIT TO BAN PHAEO HOSPITAL

Visit to Hospital

Later the day, the participants visited the Ban Phaeo hospital to pass donations and items to the hospital staff and patients.

 

Passing donations and useful daily items to hospital staff

Above: Distributing food and daily essential items to hospital staff.

Passing donation items to hospital patients

Above, Distributing to hospital patients.

RELEASING SHAVEN HAIR AND LIVE FISHES INTO THE RIVER

Chanting and transference of merits

After the visit to the hospital, everyone proceeded to a pier located near a temple to release shaven hair and fish into the river. Above: Chanting of transference of merits and making aspirations.

Note: When Prince Siddharta (The Buddha) decided to renounce the world, he cut off a lock of his hair and put in the river. Releasing the hair to the flowing waters of the river carries a symbolic meaning. Releasing live fishes also help in the liberation of life.

Releasing shaving hair and nails with flowers to the river

 

Release live fishes into the river

Note: A lay preceptor after releasing fish to the river.

REVISING ORDINATION SCRIPTING

Revising ordination scripting

In between, participants would be diligently practicing and familiarising themselves with the ordination scripting.