A Monk's Disrobing

Gabriel Shaya
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For the last four years, Ounheuan Vongsa has prayed at this altar every morning and every evening. He has also lived by ten vows, which include never touching a woman and never eating after noon. Now 19, Ounheuan has to make a choice: he must either become a fully ordained monk, or leave the temple and join the community as a layperson. After much deliberation, he has chosen the latter. As a close friend of Ounheuan and many of the monks at Vat Siphuttabaht temple in Luang Prabang, I had the opportunity to spend time with him on his final day.


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