AlaskanDhamma wrote:Well I was walking in the local Sears today and came across two novice monks from the local Lao temple, I believe. While I simply said Sabai dee and wai'd I didn't know if there was any other way to greet a novice monk. Can you call them Ajahn? Or are they "not quite there yet"? Just wondering if someone could clear that up for me. Thanks.
gavesako wrote:The Lao people usually call only a monk with more than 10 Rains (vassa) an "Ajahn". You can greet a novice more informally, they are treated like boys wearing (temporarily) robes.
AlaskanDhamma wrote:Thank you Bhante, and everyone else for the replies.
JC, as for the novices there we're two, the abbots nephew I recognized, and a new one. They were both wearing the bright oragne robes and seemed about the same age. They had a layman with them to handle money and such.
Thanks for the clarification from everyone though!
gavesako wrote:It is not a title, just a conventional designation of a monk or nun over 10 Rains.
Real titles are given by the King of Thailand, such "Chao Khun" etc. But these have nothing to do with the Vinaya.
jcsuperstar wrote:when i taught at mahachula they listed me as ajahn.... they said it just meant teacher???
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Ajahn Chah even calls mosquitoes as “Ajahn Mosquito."
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings AlaskanDhamma,AlaskanDhamma wrote:What?
As Ajahn Chah would say "everything is teaching us"... therefore I assume it was intended in the context of the mosquito as a teacher. Or rather, that there is a lot to be learned from observing our reactions to irritation.