Becoming a monk in Thailand can even make headlines: Apparently this star actor, who was going to marry after 1 month in the robes, then changed his mind and decided to stay a monk for life:http://www.dailynews.co.th/entertainment/121721http://www.khaosod.co.th/view_newsonlin ... &subcatid=http://www.manager.co.th/Entertainment/ ... 0000078319
Interview with LP Viriyang who is going to take him to Canada:
It sends a good message to Thai society that someone obviously successful in the worldly life, and even in family life (about to get married), can still choose the life of a monk instead. This is not typical these days, and Ajahn Jayasaro used to point it out to the parents who send their sons to study abroad: after they come back, they want them to ordain, but only for a few weeks and then they must disrobe, start a job, etc. But if the parents really believed in Buddhism and that Nibbana is the highest happiness in this life, they would want them to stay in the robes of a monk!
* * *Sadhu with Phra Jason. I knew he would get something (dhamma) since I read about him taking LP Viriyang's 'Meditation Teacher course' some time ago and also went on tudong in Doi Inthanon with LP Viriyang (and my friend) in March. I knew it wasn't pretentious because the meditation teacher course takes 6 months (200 hours). It needs commitment on the student part. It became a headline because he was a celebrity. Regular monks won't get this kind of attention