Dozing monk-to-be can’t stay awake during his teacher’s sermon, and people just adore him Dozing monk-to-be can’t stay awake during his teacher’s sermon, and people just adore him
One small boy has melted the hearts of millions, and all because he likes to sleep. He is no ordinary boy though, as he... Dozing monk-to-be can’t stay awake during his teacher’s sermon, and people just adore him

One small boy has melted the hearts of millions, and all because he likes to sleep. He is no ordinary boy though, as he spends his spare time in a Buddhist temple with meditating monks, and he loves to sleep on the meditation benches when the monks are in solemn meditation.

His name is Nongkorn, and when he was just three months old his parents would drop him off at Wat Pa Maneekan temple in Thailand, to be with the monks. His mom would come to feed him at lunchtime and collect him before bedtime.

It is quite common for children to join the ranks of monks in a monastery, but they are usually a bit older than Nongkorn. He gets up early in the morning, listens to the Dharma, and copies what the monks do, and even goes out begging for alms with them. He is obviously a happy toddler, just different to most.

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Nongkorn hasn’t quite mastered the art of meditation; he sees it as an opportunity to take a nap. Sometimes, his teacher needs to lend a hand to keep him sitting, as he tends to flop down, as seen in the video clip.


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As he grew into a toddler, images of the two-year-old dozing monk-to-be and his cute antics hit social media, and the little fella gained a massive fan club, especially in Asian countries. As the images emerged in 2015, he should be about 4 years old now.


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He loves to join in collecting alms with the monks.


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He now attends kindergarten, so can only be at the temple early mornings and during holidays.


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Getting your head shaved is easy if you know about stillness.


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It is said that ever since he could talk, he has been able to recite Buddhist sutras, and would cry if he couldn’t go to the temple. Was he a monk in a past life perhaps?


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Henry Okafor

  • Dariana

    2017-08-11 #1 Author

    Aww how cute! He’s very smart he must of been up the night before! That’s why it’s important to have a bed time

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