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MAE CHEE KON KHAI leads a walking meditation inside a cave to a female group as part of the Sathira Dhammasathan spiritual teaching program for the lay people. Vanished by centuries the lineage of "Bhikkhu?nii" (Order of Nuns) has been brought to the ongoing Thai society's debate. White-clad thai nuns, who keep the eight precepts and have their heads and eyebrows shaved are known as the lon-existing "mae chees" (low category to call the lay nuns). Females who have turned to religous life, as renunciants, live ostracized and marginalized by the Sangha (Buddhist community) and Thai society, denying them full access to the monastic life as well as rights and support from the government. Today nunhood is not recognized by any asian country belong to the Theravada Buddhist order. Most of the eight precept holders live in temples run by male abbots, at the shadow of the monks; with the exceptional existence of a few para-monastic institutions as the Sathira Dhammasathan meditation centre, where "mae chees" are not allow to held a temple, but not denied to practice the spiritual life.
MAE CHEE KON KHAI leads a walking meditation inside a cave to a female group as part of the Sathira Dhammasathan spiritual teaching program for the lay people. Vanished by centuries the lineage of "Bhikkhu?nii" (Order of Nuns) has been brought to the ongoing Thai society's debate. White-clad thai nuns, who keep the eight precepts and have their heads and eyebrows shaved are known as the lon-existing "mae chees" (low category to call the lay nuns). Females who have turned...
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