Why is parent permission require to be ordain?

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Why is parent permission require to be ordain?

Postby Wind » Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:21 pm

When the Buddha decided to go forth into homelessness, I recall his father the King did not approve and his wife certainly did not want him to leave. Yet he made the decision to abandon his life as a Prince. Ultimately his decision was noble and lead to his Enlightenment. So I wonder why he made the rule for those who wants to become bhikkhus must get parent's permission?
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Re: Why is parent permission require to be ordain?

Postby cooran » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:29 am

Hello Wind,

Here is a old thread on Dhamma Wheel which discussed this subject. It inclludes responses from Ven. Dhammanando and Ven. Pesala:

Monasticism and Parental Permission
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Re: Why is parent permission require to be ordain?

Postby Wind » Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:38 am

Thanks cooran.

I did see a loophole:

(11) An only son, after quarrelling with his mother and father, comes [to the sangha, saying], "Let me go forth." Upon being told, "Come back after you have obtained leave," he says, "I'm not going! If you don't let me go forth, I shall burn down your monastery, or stab you with a sword, or cause loss to your relatives and supporters by cutting down the plants in their gardens, or kill myself by jumping from a tree, or join a gang of robbers, or go to another country!"

It is suitable to let him go forth in order to safeguard life. If his mother and father then come and say, "Why did you let our son go forth?" they should be informed of the reason for it, saying, "We let him go forth in order to safeguard life. You may confirm this with your son."


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Re: Why is parent permission require to be ordain?

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:20 pm

:jumping:
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"
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