onning a saffron-colored robe, Juttipong Wongpet’s life changes.
He gains a new name and loses the hair on his eyebrows and head. Heralded in a grand procession, his family celebrates the honor he brings them as he follows Buddha’s path.
As a 15-day monk, Wongpet is robed for merit, earning favor for his ancestors.
Living within sacred temple walls is not a unique experience in Thailand. Every Thai Buddhist man faces the decision to be ordained from a few weeks to a lifetime.
Although Wongpet will leave his monk name behind, for a season he will rise above the station of a layman…and bring honor to his family.