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Reply #15 - 21st Jan, 2017 at 2:16am
 
Is that bags of money carried by the monks? If so, they should have used opaque bags instead to hide those cash from thugs that might want to grab and run away with it.
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Reply #16 - 21st Jan, 2017 at 2:50am
 
There's not just money in there. There's also confectionery and other things the public has donated to the monks.

Buddhist festivals and ceremonies in Laos is not a place to hide donations.

If people want to steal at Boun That Luang, they will be caught because there are police and even the army in every corner keeping a watchful eye on things.



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Reply #17 - 21st Jan, 2017 at 9:27pm
 
Good to hear monks from Lao temples are not corrupt like monks from Thai temples.
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Reply #18 - 21st Jan, 2017 at 9:40pm
 
Satan wrote on 21st Jan, 2017 at 9:27pm:
Good to hear monks from Lao temples are not corrupt like monks from Thai temples.


Thai temples have more money incentives than Lao temples do
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Reply #19 - 22nd Jan, 2017 at 10:10am
 
But living expense is lower in Laos. Is it not the case?
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Reply #20 - 22nd Jan, 2017 at 11:12am
 
I notice that the Thais donate a lot to their temple. Where
Lao temple get a lot of their cash during like new year festival.Its my opinion ok guys gonna beat me up over it.
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Reply #21 - 22nd Jan, 2017 at 12:49pm
 
Buddhist ceremonies regularly takes place in Laos, whether it's at the temple, or monks are invited to a home for the ceremony, so they get their donations in many ways.

Temples wouldn't exist without the support of the public, but yes the Lao New Year is one of the best times of the year for temples to receive a lot of cash.
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Reply #22 - 23rd Jan, 2017 at 5:42am
 
Lao government do not assist with temple expenses?
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Reply #23 - 23rd Jan, 2017 at 8:41am
 
Sometimes they help with donations if they are involved in the ceremony.
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Reply #24 - 23rd Jan, 2017 at 9:58am
 
I am not familiar with Lao temple and ceremony and such. If the public provide them daily food offering, what do they use the money for? To pay for electricity, water and maintenance supplies are my guesses.
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Reply #25 - 23rd Jan, 2017 at 11:26am
 
Yes, although utility bills in Laos isn't expensive.

Lao temples also use the money to renovate the temple and buy new robes to wear and things that are needed.

Some of the monks also go to school and the money goes towards their education.
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Reply #26 - 23rd Jan, 2017 at 8:45pm
 
Hey, what requirements and skills needed to be a successful monk?
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Reply #27 - 24th Jan, 2017 at 3:52am
 
People become Buddhist monks for different reasons. Maybe their family is poor, maybe they want to live a simple and stress-free life, or maybe they are very dedicated to Buddhism and they want to go to heaven.

There is really no requirement, you can become a monk temporarily or permanently, but whether you're new to the system or you have been a monk for many years, you must follow the rules of being a Buddhist monk.
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Reply #28 - 24th Jan, 2017 at 6:27am
 
Well now.....I definitely don't want to go to hell. So what are those rules?
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Reply #29 - 24th Jan, 2017 at 11:15am
 
There's a lot of rules but the common rule for Buddhist monks is obviously no relationship with a female, you can't have sex with them, and you can't touch them.

The other rule is strictly no eating after 12pm, only fluids allowed.

Another very important rule that comes to mind is "Khao Phansa", the beginning of Buddhist Lent, where monks must always return to their temples and can't spend the night anywhere else, and "Ok Phansa" is the end of the Buddhist Lent period.
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