A couple of days ago we chatted with some monks at one of the larger wats. Our monk was a novice monk, meaning that he only had 10 or so rules to follow rather than the 100 plus rules that the expert monks follow. He decided to become a monk when he was 14 and he is now 20 and in university (monk university at the temple). He is studying English and hopes to become a teacher. He thinks the BP oil spill is
terrible, but likes the world cup.