People tend to relate Buddhist temples and monks with being serious and living in solemn silence, and childhood with being a fun and carefree time. But what would you think of a child spending his young years in a Buddhist temple? Perhaps many people would frown upon it; they think it would be a dull childhood. But a 2-year-old little monk in Thailand, Nongkorn, is enjoying his childhood in a Buddhist temple, living a monk’s life.
Little monk dozed off
Master held his head to protect him from falling back
The little boy was still dreaming
Recently, these above GIF’s of a cute monk dozing off went viral on social media platforms. The little boy couldn’t help taking a nap with legs crossed when his Master was chanting scriptures. He tried very hard to sit up straight and not fall asleep, but he was too little.
Nongkorn gets up very early like the other monks, learning Dharma, doing meditation, begging for alms, and doing everything else the other monks do. But, as he is still young, the little boy falls asleep during the day quite a lot. Even his Master got use to Nongkorn’s little naps.
Although Nongkorn is too young to fully cultivate like other monks, he does what he can to practice Buddhism in the temple. He is growing up happily in the temple, just like other little kids.
What do you think about a little boy growing up with monks in a temple?