Addressing a novice (samanera)

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Addressing a novice (samanera)

Postby retrofuturist » 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?

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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.

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Re: Addressing a novice (samanera)

Postby retrofuturist » 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.

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