Monks observe seniority in rank, and Thai laypeople generally value and honor seniority based upon age and social position. Novices may stay at a monastery only for a 3-month rainy season to learn personal discipline and the basics of Buddhism, as well as to memorize a few texts to recite in ritual. Ordained monks go into deepter textual study and discipline, which includes learning Pali, the ancient Indian language of Theravada Buddhism used today only by monks in study and in ceremonial chants.


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