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Skilful dana offering

Postby householder » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:26 pm

Hi all,

In Ko Tao for 10 days to relax. First thing I did after checking in was scout out Wat Ko Tao. It's one of those 'functional' monasteries and is very small - 2 monks and an old abbot who is ill, confined to his kuti and uses a zimmer frame to move around. Is only a 5 minute walk from where I'm staying.

From my broken English/phrasebook Thai discussion with Luang Por (addressed him as that by default - is that appropriate?) dana for the 2 monks is half 7 a.m. and he eats at 8.

I chatted with a Thai street food vendor who pointed me in the direction of Wat Ko Tao in the first place and she does both regular sandwiches (aimed at the catering crowd) and most of the Thai staples.

I'd be grateful for suggestions on appropriate dana please, that is 'safe' - i.e. nothing that may aggravate health allergies or medical conditions I'm unaware of - thinking plain old pad thai with no meat or peanuts.

In terms of drinks, should I offer them each a 1 litre bottle of water, or a coffee, or both? Or a fresh fruit juice instead?

Suggestions appreciated - I'm going to go there for Songkhran as well. There's another place on the island but it's quite a trek from Mae Haad where I'm staying.

Metta,

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Re: Skilful dana offering

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:03 pm

Luang por isn't wrong by the sounds of it, I believe it is over 75 they get called it, but I am not sure of propper Thai protocol here, but I also think it is for anyone who is of a certain age and a chao Kung, or preceptor??

but it is always better to be safe than sorry :D and being overly polite is better than being rude through caution in this case I think.

I am sure any Dana you give would be welcome, why not invite them to ask for something specific that they need?
just be careful with fruit juice and time it is offered, some may not accept it for the afternoon, and try to get it smooth if you want to offer it for the afternoon, but a local maybe able to help better for the needs of the monks than anyone here!

Have a nice time you lucky lucky b******, what I wouldn't give for the romans....
wait, watching to much monty python :P


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