There were suggestions that at 50 years old and with minor health issues, I may be too old to ordain at Na Uyana. But this wasn't a firm and final matter. I had confidence that were I to demonstrate determination and sincerity as a lay man for one or two years, there would be no problem ordaining. Some people suggested a way around this would be to ordain somewhere else and then return to Na Uyana to seek residence. That idea didn't appeal to me. I prefer to be straight forward.
konchokzopa wrote:how old do you need to be to be refused ordination in theravada tradition?
plwk wrote:So, if the Vinaya is silent on the age limit, why do individual monasteries create and impose such?
plwk wrote:Thank you Bhante and MM. I am aware of such practical reasons but surely back then, they could have faced such too and similar measures should have been in place?
Just thinking aloud...
The training for a beginning monastic is roughly a 5 year program. A monk is considered a leader in that community after about 15 years. The hope of the monastery is that junior monks will travel and stay at other monasteries worldwide as part of their training. It is also hoped that 15 year monks will move on, either to start new branch monasteries or function in leadership roles in monasteries world-wide. Consider a monk who ordains at age 30 versus a monk who ordains at age 60, regarding a 5-15 year program.
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