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I'm sometimes influenced in my postings by the shots I came across in Trekearth. I was wondering today whether I hadn't met this same novice in Nyaungshwe's Shwe Yan Pyay monastery. (you may notice the lots "shwe" everywhere in burmese names, it means gold... they like gold, I believe).

This was taken late in the afternoon while the novices where reviewing and chanting their suttas or whatever.

Hard to say they were really deep into their meditation even though I made myself as invisible as I could. Young ones looking around and voicing their chants the loudest they could, like it was a chanting contest with the highest mark stressed on volume rather than feeling...

I might not increase my popularity level with the things I will say now, but at least I know they are being shared with a local member.

The religious learning system as practised in Burma isn't doing any good in ways of learning : basically monks are asked to learn parts or whole religious texts and repeat them by heart, this system is so widespread that it's also in use at public schools and perhaps the most frequent way of automotive learning. I've seen people in Burma learning by heart whole pages of japanese texts without even knowing what was included in it and hoping they would understand and perhaps speak japanese in the end.

There's nothing touchingly naive about that, I simply call it de-braining. It means a learning system has failed and has been replaced with a repeating system. No good news if you ask me...

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