Chris wrote:Could you provide a link that supports this? Do you mean they take the 8 or 10 precepts for a short period? I have never ever heard of this happening with married men in Thailand and would be very interested to see some literature on this.
I assume it happens in Thailand because it certainly happens here at our local Wat. In fact, I recall one rather touching incident when a young Thai man ordained (for a week) then his wife (complete with baby) was the first to make an offering to him.
Usually it's a 10-precept thing, but three years ago when we opened our new hall, and had a large influx of monks to do the sima stuff, I understand a number of men (many of them New Zealanders married to Thai women) became 227 precept monks for a week.
I tended to think of this as a little dodgy, but one of my teachers (Thai trained American) actually encouraged me to try it sometime. His rather interesting suggestion was to ordain here, then fly into Thailand in robes and go to a forest place for a few weeks. He assures me that this would be a life-altering experience (I can imagine the challenge and pressure of maintaining equanimity wearing the robes in Thailand: I've been his "bag carrier" on alms round in Bangkok).