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How do you know you are ready to ordain for life? - Dhamma Wheel

How do you know you are ready to ordain for life?

Discussion of ordination, the Vinaya and monastic life. How and where to ordain? Bhikkhuni ordination etc.
Soeun
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How do you know you are ready to ordain for life?

Postby Soeun » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:59 pm

I been wanting to ordain for quit awhile now, but when I ordain I what to be a monk for the rest of my life. I been trying to train myself so when the time comes I won't get frustrated by having the hindrances overpower me. I don't feel I'm quite ready now, but then again I heard a monk say you shouldn't wait till you are perfect in virtue to ordain. I'm thinking as long as I can maintain the 8 precepts I think I will be ready. Anyway, my question is when do you think you are ready to ordain for life?

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Re: How do you know you are ready to ordain for life?

Postby Phra Chuntawongso » Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:46 am

And crawling on the planets face,some insects called the human race.
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Re: How do you know you are ready to ordain for life?

Postby Soeun » Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:02 am


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Re: How do you know you are ready to ordain for life?

Postby J_W » Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:56 am

Hi Soeun,

It sounds like you have a good plan. I would add that just in case you find you don't fit in at this monastery, make sure you keep yourself free of obstacles to ordination (e.g. debt, a family), that way you can ordain swiftly when you do feel ready.

Kind regards,

Jeff

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Re: How do you know you are ready to ordain for life?

Postby Hanzze » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:08 am

Last edited by Hanzze on Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:18 am, edited 1 time in total.
Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: How do you know you are ready to ordain for life?

Postby Goofaholix » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:54 pm

I think once you've spent a bit of time in monasteries and retreat centres enough to know you'll fit in with the lifestyle then next thing to ask yourself is what else do you want to do with your life. Do you want a marriage? a family? a carrer? to do or achieve anything? are you even curious about those things? is there anything else you suspect would make you happy? If the answer is a definate no to all that then probably you are ready.

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Re: How do you know you are ready to ordain for life?

Postby Guy » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:29 am

I would say that it is impossible to know unless you are already an Ariyan. The future is uncertain. If you do ordain, then give it your best shot. If, after giving it your best shot, you decide to disrobe, then at least you gave it your best shot. You can't ask for more than that.
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: How do you know you are ready to ordain for life?

Postby Individual » Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:16 am

If it seems right and you have nothing else you'd rather do.
The best things in life aren't things.



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