… Or something to that effect.
March 9th is the examination for full precepts. Both novice monks and novice nuns will sit the same exam. Depending on a number of factors, including scores on the written portion of the test, an oral exam on ceremony, and an interview, each novice will be either passed, to attend the training and precepts-platform at the end of the month, or failed, to try again next year.
March 7 to March 11, I won’t be posting here. That paperwork snafu got worked out, so tonight I pack for Seoul and tomorrow I leave. Regardless of the exam’s outcome, or my performance (is it possible to have a personally virtuosic performance that nonetheless fails to meet someone else’s standards?), small stones and Cold Mountain’s echo will back on the 12th.