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Ordination in Thailand

Discussion of ordination, the Vinaya and monastic life. How and where to ordain? Bhikkhuni ordination etc.
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Re: Ordination in Thailand

Postby martinfrank » Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:53 am

Thank you, Ven. Appicchato, for your kind advice to the monk-to-be.

I believe it would be best for the monk-to-be to travel to Thailand and visit a few monasteries and see for himself where he is welcome and where he will find friendly monk-brothers who will help him tie his robe and tell him what to do and what not to do.

Maybe it would be good advice not to travel to Thailand during the Rains Retreat (vassa) from 2 AUG to 30 OCT 2014 as most monasteries will be full and busy. After the Rains Retreat the monasteries will return to normal and resident monks will have more time to talk to visitors.

Once the monk-to-be has found a wat where he feels welcome, visa problems can be sorted out. To start with an invitation letter seems risky to me because the monk-to-be may be stuck with a monastery and a teacher where he doesn't feel at ease.

There are more than three thousand wats in Thailand. Trying to find the best wat in Thailand is like trying to find the best taxi in Bangkok. The official place to start for foreign monk candidates is Section 5 of Wat Mahathat in Bangkok. But why start in Bangkok? Why not in Hatyai?

Monks in South Thailand generally welcome foreign Buddhists and are relaxed and helpful. Phra Kroo Aphicharto at Wat Bo Pradoo (T. Watjant, A. Sathingphra, J. Songkhla) is a modern young teacher and head of a small monastery. He is very kind and speaks English well. He is a good ordination guide. In the area there are several monasteries with serious, intelligent young monks.
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Re: Ordination in Thailand

Postby thaijeppe » Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:57 am

Maybe it would be good advice not to travel to Thailand during the Rains Retreat (vassa) from 2 AUG to 30 OCT 2014 as most monasteries will be full and busy. After the Rains Retreat the monasteries will return to normal and resident monks will have more time to talk to visitors.

Just to get the right dates Vassa 2014 is 12 of july to 8 October

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Re: Ordination in Thailand

Postby Dhammanando » Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:45 am

I've just received news of a new regulation for foreign nationals wishing to ordain in Thailand. They are now required to bring a copy of their police record in their native country and submit it to their upajjhāya before ordaining. As I haven't yet seen a copy of the regulation I don't know whether it requires that the candidate have a completely clean record or merely that it be free of serious crimes.

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Re: Ordination in Thailand

Postby gavesako » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:31 pm

The process can be faster if you go to Wat Marp Jan or another Thai branch monastery rather than to Wat Pah Nanachat. But usually it means that you have to speak Thai already. Then you might skip the long anagarika-samanera stage or just do a few months' stint and be quickly ordained as a bhikkhu (which is the normal way for Thai men to get into robes). The reason is that many just take a temporary ordination and will disrobe again soon. Those who stay on have to learn gradually the things which elsewhere they would pick up as anagarika-samanera.
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Re: Ordination in Thailand

Postby mysterie » Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:57 am

someone above said that it might be a bad idea for a foreigner to come to thailand looking to ordain during the rains retreat.

i'm planning to get to thailand early june and is this the case? i thought that it was easier to stay at a monastery during rains retreat. would it just mean that i have to stay at one monastery for the 3 month rains retreat? or would i still be able to stay at different monasteries for 20 days - a month during this time?

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Re: Ordination in Thailand

Postby ttliic » Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:32 am

Where is the best place currently for an foreigner to ordain at a Dhammayut monestary - do people still ordain at Wat Pa Ban Taad?

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Ordain as a monk and still stay vegetarian/vegan?

Postby Shodo Jishin » Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:56 am

Hello,

I would like to ordain in the Theravada tradition in Thailand (I live in Bangkok), but the one thing I would like to continue is living vegan. I heard of one temple, Sunnararam in Kanchanaburi, where as part of their metta practice eat only vegetarian. I can't find a way to contact them though. Does anyone have info on where I could ordain and still be vegan? Or anyone know how I can contact Sunnararam? Thank you.

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Re: Ordain as a monk and still stay vegetarian/vegan?

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Re: Ordination in Thailand

Postby Shodo Jishin » Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:45 am

Thank you very much!


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