Correct form of address

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Correct form of address

Postby JackV » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:42 pm

Hi.

I have a question regarding the correct manner in which to address venerable persons such as Bhikkhu's etc.
I have seen many old Sri Lankan Buddhists on entering the Vihara kneel or bow down before the monks there, yet I haven't noticed this being done in the nearby Thai temple.
Does the approprite way of showing respect change between culture or does the Pali Cannon set some guidlines?

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Re: Correct form of address

Postby Vepacitta » Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:42 pm

Hey Jack, usually just putting one's hands in anjali and saying, Hello Bhante, is sufficient.

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Re: Correct form of address

Postby Phra Chuntawongso » Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:16 am

Hi Jack. The kneeling down would normally happen if the monk is seated, even in Thai temples.However as was said above, often just placing the palms together in Anjali is fine, especially if 1- The monk is standing, or 2- you are just passing by.
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Re: Correct form of address

Postby Euclid » Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:39 am

Seems like a good thread to pose my question: what is the female equivalent of Bhante?
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Re: Correct form of address

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:43 am

Greetings,

Euclid wrote:Seems like a good thread to pose my question: what is the female equivalent of Bhante?

I believe it would be Ayya.

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Re: Correct form of address

Postby Euclid » Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:00 am

Cheers Retro, I'll keep it in mind.
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