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The 18-years old Monk

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Up till now, this was the most beautiful meeting I had during this trip in Thailand. This was pure destiny, because imagine, if I wasn’t visiting this temple or if I had been there 5 minutes later, I maybe wouldn’t have met him. This moment really warmed my heart.

Every time I see a Monk, I greet him in the most polite way. I will make a post about how to greet people in Thailand, 3 + 1 ways, later. I greeted him and we stopped walking. We approached each other to have a conversation.

He was so proud to say that he started to learn English 3 months ago but that he never had the opportunity to talk in English. So we practised the language of Shakespeare together. We talked about how and when he became a monk and why.

He took the first steps as a Monk at the age of 10. He didn’t understand the question: ‘Why did you choose to become a monk?’ I tried to explain but I didn’t insist.

Sharing stories about my last visit in Chiang Mai, volunteering in the school and orphanage… He was at this temple to visit a friend of him, to meditate together.

P1000365P1000364After these 10 minutes we said goodbye to each other. He was going to ‘Wat Suan Dorg’ temple and I was going to visit the temple where he just came from with his friend. I visited the temple and tried to think about my life what I already achieved and what I have to change about myself, all the good and bad things I did. It’s a good thing to reflect on your life once in a while.

The next temple I was about to visit, was on the other side of the lake. There I met the Monk again at the exit of the temple I was going to visit. We were happily surprised and we continued to talk.

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He invited me to go to the temple with him, but my friend was going to pick me up in 30 minutes so I couldn’t. I told him ‘ I know that Monks don’t have phones, so it’s quiet difficult to communicate’. Then he just pulled out his phone. That was such a funny moment. I was shocked and even a little bit ashamed about my thoughts.

‘Thank you for this moment, I will never forget it.’

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