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200,000 Monks by foureyes 200,000 Monks by foureyes
The Sangha World in Thailand consists of about 200,000 monks and 85,000 novices at most times of the year. However, these numbers increase during the Buddhist ‘lent’ to 300,000 and 100,000 novices. Young boys may become novices at any age, but a man cannot become a monk until he reaches the age of twenty. He can then remain a monk for as long as he wishes, even for just one day.

There are over 29,000 temples in Thailand and The Monkhood, like all other aspects of Buddhism, is not necessarily a promise for life.
Becoming a monk is intended as a way to attain a goal, for one's self or one's family. Any ordained monk may leave the order at any time he chooses simply by informing the abbot at his monastery.
Watching their rituals and evening prayers inspires reverence :floating:
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Congratulations on your DD!
Excellent job!
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TammyPhotography Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
An amazing photo. I love all the different colors and how well they work together. You have captured the light beautifully as well. :heart:
Congrats on the DD! :D
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Awesome picture! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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BriceChallamel Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Voted! What a fantastic album... I really think you have a chance at this contest. Also love the "Prayer Time" photography with the woman on red carpet. Your photos are truly wonderful and make me want to go to Thailand (again!) :love:.......:+fav:
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Sigma-Echo-Seven Dec 17, 2012  Student Writer
Looks peaceful.
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You have the best four eyes I've seen. :) Amazing work.
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Dancing-Naked Dec 14, 2012   General Artist
I love how magically this looks.
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I always thought who is a monk stays that for a lifetime unless a marriage is on the way...
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stealthyninja21 Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
wow i never knew that about monks. i thought it was for life. ignorant me. lol
the candles and candle holder are so detailed and vibrant
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