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Today, I’m in Thailand and I met a monk. The conversation was so deep and interesting that, without thinking, I sat down next to him. I didn’t know that he’s not allowed to sit next to a woman. Now he has to fast for several days. FML

By shameonme - / Friday 29 August 2014 02:05 / Thailand - Bangkok
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By  Accurate_Vision  |  31

You didn't know, OP. At least now you know something interesting about a different religion and culture. Plus he's a monk, I'm sure he understands that you didn't know and isn't mad or otherwise upset with you.

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By  Accurate_Vision  |  31

You didn't know, OP. At least now you know something interesting about a different religion and culture. Plus he's a monk, I'm sure he understands that you didn't know and isn't mad or otherwise upset with you.

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Honestly, I don't feel that bad for the guy. The rule is a bit suspicious to me - like his order thinks women are dirty or so inherently sexual that the mere act of sitting next to them is a blemish on the soul that needs to be expunged. I wouldn't follow a rule like that, if he chooses to that his problem, not OP's.

By  Sam_Dchi  |  23

some people actually want to go the extra mile, I'm sure he wouldn't mind it too much!!

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  ChopSuey444  |  20

Idk why this has so many down votes. Some people really do love opportunities to serve/show devotion to their God. It's an accurate and perfectly legitimate comment.

By  Bragi  |  12

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By  Saluriel  |  12

What confuses me is that he was punished for you sitting next to him. Religious orders are stupid like that; he should've just been able to stand up and have no harm, no foul. It wasn't his action.

By  evlbb2  |  2

Dont worry about it. Next time just give him some money to donate to his cause / temple / other good organization stuff. Also maybe bring him some water or ask if he can have juice.

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  ChopSuey444  |  20

You should actually educate yourself as thoroughly as possible before going to a place like that. I mean the mistake was absolutely normal and OP shouldn't feel bad, but it's just common courtesy to know as much as you can before meeting someone who's dedicated his/her life to a strict religion.

By  Whydoyouask  |  11

I know you can't know the intricacies of every culture, but if you're going to hang out with monks, you should at least make an effort to read up on their way of life.

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  ChopSuey444  |  20

We live in the wonderful age of Google. if you know what country you're in and the name of the area/temple you're visiting, it's not difficult to figure out. I'm sure temples understand when a visitor has questions, but monks are complicated and take their religion seriously (obviously). You could be putting their literal souls at jeapordy by waltzing in uneducated on their customs. It's rude to take something like that lightly.

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