The 13th day of TRUE LITTLE MONK, A Wisdom Training Programme for Novices.
In the week of “LIVE” weekly concept.
All novices started their day by doing morning chanting and receiving food-offerings. Today, there were a lot of novices’ families and local people and students coming to give alms to the monks and novices. Then they serviced the monastic mentors by asking for permission to clean their feet.
In the Dhamma practice class, they learned about the basic rules of training to be novices After that, the monastic mentors led them to the outdoor classroom to learn and experience the surrounding nature. Monastic mentors also showed the warmwood tree which is often used in class as a tool to positively discipline and calm down the naughty novices.
Today novices leaned how to do walking meditation. After the class, it was the meal time, the monks and novices did chanting and blessing before eating foods.
In the afternoon class “Learning Process”, they learned an inspirational story of the first monk of Africa, “Venerable Bhikkhu Bhuddharakkhita” and his Dhamma journey to the area that nobody knows about Buddhism and how he overcomes difficulties. Novices also did the activities to practice mindfulness.
After the class, they had refreshments with the Venerable Bhikkhu Bhuddharakkhita and monastic mentors. They then helped the monastic mentors sweep the temple before did evening chanting. At night, the monastic mentor led the novices to do mindful walking meditation.
The final part is the “Daily Reflections”, Hunter Trabing, psychologist and minder, and Jack Brown, an observer, came to summarize the progress of all novices.