Definition Ajahn, Bhante, and Bhikkhu

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Re: Definition Ajahn, Bhante, and Bhikkhu

Postby Vepacitta » Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:58 am

We call our teacher "Bhante" when referring to him directly, and, colloquially - we refer to him as "Bhante" when he isn't around with each other - as in, 'Bhante's giving a talk tomorrow on ... " or "Bhante said the other day ..." But when referring to him to others we refer to him as Venerable so and so"

(But now I'm going to ask Bhante what the deal is with "Bhante" - and "Avuso" on a more specific basis as to language and history.)

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Re: Definition Ajahn, Bhante, and Bhikkhu

Postby James the Giant » Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:29 am

Why are some Ajans "venerable"? Because they're wrinkly and old?
At what point would they become venerated (I guess)?
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Re: Definition Ajahn, Bhante, and Bhikkhu

Postby pilgrim » Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:32 am

James the Giant wrote:Why are some Ajans "venerable"? Because they're wrinkly and old?
At what point would they become venerated (I guess)?

I don;t know about others, but I use the term casually to refer to anyone in robes, even samaneras.

Just for the sake of being thorough , let's also mention
Sayadaw = Burmese for Venerable teacher used for respected monks
Dejkun = Cambodian for Venerable teacher
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