This is a dialogue request from a parent. Since I am not Buddhist, I had to ask my wife about going to the temple. This dialogue is not for a ceremony at a temple. It is only for making merit by going to the temple and making an offering. As always, if I have made any mistakes about Buddhism they are not intentional.
Going to the Temple
Mommy: Today we are going to the temple to make merit.
Mommy: What is making merit?
Mommy: Making merit means doing something good for someone else.
Mommy: Today we will visit the temple and give some food to the monks.
Mommy: Do you want to talk about the temple?
Mommy: The temple is a special place. It is the place where the monks live.
Mommy: The temple is a quiet place. You cannot scream or yell in the temple.
Mommy: We will go and see one of the monks and offer him some food. Then the monk will bless us, okay?
Mommy: When the monk is blessing us you have to bow your head like this.
Child: Like this?
Mommy: Very good. And put your hands together like this.
Mommy: Yes. You bow your head, put your hands together and listen to the monk.
Mommy: Listening means not talking, okay?
Mommy: Let’s go to the temple.
Mommy: Here’s the temple. Do you like it?
Child: Yes. Colors.
Mommy: Yes, the temple is very colorful. It’s beautiful. Do you see a monk?
Child: Yes. There.
Mommy: Let’s go offer the monk this food.
Mommy: Put the food down in front of the monk on this piece of fabric.
Mommy: Now bow your head and put your hands together, like we practiced at home.
Mommy: Now we listen to the monk. He will bless us.
Mommy: The monk is finished. Please say “thank you” to the monk.
Child: Thank you.
Mommy: Now we can go home. How do you feel?
Mommy: Me too. Making merit is a nice activity.
Mommy: If you like it, we can come back again next week.
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