Follow the Yellow Brick Road (to meet an eight year old monk?)!
Hey kids, I want to introduce you to a cool person I met.
When Pierre (who was not yet Thupden) was very young, he and his mother went to India, where they hoped to adopt a child. They met Thupden (another Thupden), whom they adopted. This Thupden was already a monk living in the monastery (It is common for orphans to join a monastery). Pierre decided that he too wanted to be a monk; his mother wanted him to go to school in France.
When Thupden and Thupden are at the monastery, they sleep in a dormitory room with other monks, get up early in the morning to study, have breakfast of butter tea and tsampa (Tibetan porridge), and then study some more. But the weekends are free, at least for the young monks, so the Thupdens have plenty of time to play and have fun. The other half of the year, Thupden goes to school in France, where he keeps his other lifestyle private. He does not wear his robes, and the other kids don't know about Thupden's -- I mean Pierre's -- other life.
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