Venerable Dhammananda cuts the hair of a samaneri, or novice in the clergy, at the Songdhammakalyani temple, outside Bangkok.

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Venerable Dhammananda cuts the hair of a samaneri, or novice in the clergy, at the Songdhammakalyani temple, outside Bangkok.
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