A Buddhist monk dedicates his live to Buddha and to gain enlighten. At certain countries such as Myanmar or Burma and Thailand, Buddhist monks have a high level in the social life in every community.
There are many legends, and the main reason for a Buddhist monk is to comfort the people in his environ and try to help them in their spiritual life. In many Buddhist countries it is natural to ask a Buddhist monk from the next monastery if there are problems of almost any kind.
To become a Buddhist monk, and to be one, is a usual way of life in many Buddhist countries in particular in Asia where most of the kids move in a Buddhist monastery for a couple of days. Being a novice is as a part of their childhood. The Buddhist monastery also function as a social network to integrate kids who lost their parents, and have no place to go and at the other end of the lifespan, to take care of the elderly. Becoming a Buddhist monk is not so easy, it takes a lot of preparation and suffering.
About 80 percent of Myanmar’s people are Theravada Buddhists, where great stress is placed upon individual achievement — one must work out one’s own salvation. All good Buddhists must traverse the slow and tedious path of purity with diligence and patience. Buddhism emphasizes love, tolerance, compassion and gentleness. In order to influence or determine their Karma all devout Buddhists and in particular Buddhist Monks, strive to make merit through good actions such as charitable deeds and to refrain from evil or bad deeds which will earn demerit. Karma is the law of cause and effect under which good begets good and evil begets evil in this or the next existence.
The Buddha established the Order of the ‘Sangha’ or ‘Bikkhu’ (monks) and the ‘Order of Bilkkuni’ (nuns) for men and women wishing to renounce the world and live a life of purity, austerity, perseverance and self-discipline. Not everyone is expected to lead the life of a Buddhist monk or a Buddhist nun to achieve one’s goal although one’s spiritual progress is expedited by this process. A lay follower can also become an ‘Arahat’ (Saint) and proceed to his or her final destination.