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Two Begging Bowls

When you first ordain, you receive two things: a large “kasa” and a set of bowls. The bowls are symbolic of begging for food and medicine and housing. You essentially become homeless, in that instant of ordination, a beggar and a sort of glorified street person. When I first became a monk, and defined the word Bikkhu for my parents [Wikipedia: “Bhikkhu literally means “beggar” or “one who lives by alms”], my dear Mother exclaimed, “Oh, we send this man to Yale and Harvard just to become a street beggar!”

So, it’s time for the begging bowl to come out and make its holy rounds.

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Thank you, by your donations, for making my Mom proud that I’m not a complete and total fuckup.

1. Begging Bowl #1

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    2. Begging Bowl #2

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