Addressing a novice (samanera)

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Addressing a novice (samanera)

Postby Paul Davy » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:06 am

Greetings,

I'm just wondering if for a layperson there's any difference in how they should address a samanera (novice) compared to a fully-fledged bhikkhu?

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'."
(Snp 3.6)

"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)

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Re: Addressing a novice (samanera)

Postby Dhammanando » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:58 am

Hi Retro,

retrofuturist wrote:I'm just wondering if for a layperson there's any difference in how they should address a samanera (novice) compared to a fully-fledged bhikkhu?


In Sri Lanka, where people don't distinguish much between samaneras and bhikkhus (i.e. in many cases few people know whether a certain monk is one or the other), the manner of address is usually the same as for a bhikkhu: 'bhante'.

Everywhere else they're just addressed as 'samanera' (in Thai 'saamanen' or 'nen' for short) or by their name.

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
    Yathā bubbuḷakaṃ passe, yathā passe marīcikaṃ,
    Evaṃ lokaṃ avekkhantaṃ, maccurājā na passati.

    One should see it as a bubble;
    One should see it as a mirage.
    Who regards the world thus
    The King of Death sees him not.
    (Dhammapada 170)


    ผู้ที่มองเห็นโลก ว่าไม่จีรังและหาสาระอะไรมิได้
    เช่นเดียวกับคนมองฟองน้ำและพยับแดด
    คนเช่นนี้พญามารย่อมตามหาไม่พบ ฯ
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Re: Addressing a novice (samanera)

Postby Paul Davy » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:13 am

Thank you, venerable.

Something like this, which I knew would be common knowledge to a bhikkhu, could have taken me ages to find out through other methods.

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'."
(Snp 3.6)

"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)


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