A Morning in the Life of A Monk
A Morning in the
Life of A Monk
The practice of monkhood in Myanmar is best described as spiritually focused one, and that provides
status to the family of this saffron-clad faithful. We take a backstage path into the
world of monkhood, from almsgiving to their life in a monastery.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Labelled as the unofficial capital for Buddhism in Myanmar, Mandalay is drenched with samples of witnessing the faithful in their daily lives.
The cultural and administrative capital of upper Myanmar, its strategic location along the Ayeyarwaddy, the city has played a crucial role in how the country has emerged as a spiritual destination.As the last seat of the former Kingdom, it was primarily King Mindon who has set the tone for turning Mandalay into the place it is now.
Aside from Mandalay itself with its temples and pagodas, the neighbouring towns of Amarapura and Sagaing are still considered crucial centres of Buddhism. We are following in the bare footsteps of the life of a monk during this early morning tour option where all the steps of what entails monkhood are captured.
06:00 - 11:00
Before breakfast and with the sun rising above the horizon, your English-speaking guide and driver welcome you at your hotel. To witness the life of a monk, one has to wake up early in the morning as the day commences with the Soon offering, better known as the morning ritual of giving alms. We head out to a local region in Mandalay where you will witness and partake in this daily ritual. The slow pace of these saffron-clad representatives of the Lord Buddha is a true testament on how deeply rooted Buddhism is embedded in society. Return to your hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, we continue our path towards monkhood. The due diligence of becoming a monk includes a visit to a monk accessory shop. Aside from giving up some of society’s privileges, a monk is obliged to purchase eight essential elements before making its way into a monastery. Besides these must-haves, choosing the exact date to enter the monkhood play an important part in the decision making – a visit to an astrologer is part of the preparation work for a prospect monk. During our morning explorations, the philosophy behind picking the right date will pass the revue. Finally, we make our way into a monastery. For many Burmese boys, monasteries are the sole option to get some education, and we may witness seeing novices and monks gaining knowledge.
The day ended with seeing the final meal of the day passed on, taken in total silence. The almost palatable serenity that hangs around the compound after their last meal of the day marks the end of this mindful morning excursion. Your guide and driver bring you back to your overnight address where you will arrive at around 11 am.