beeblebrox wrote:While it's true that some people seem to have the knack to be a monk, and others don't, it has nothing to do with age, or "life experience," which would be a kind of self-aggrandizement.
Jhana4 wrote:beeblebrox wrote:While it's true that some people seem to have the knack to be a monk, and others don't, it has nothing to do with age, or "life experience," which would be a kind of self-aggrandizement.
I'm not aggrandizing myself and I am not sure I understand how having an opinion would be an ego trip.
In the culture I come from a 12 year old is a child, legally and otherwise.
beeblebrox wrote:In the culture I come from a 12 year old is a child, legally and otherwise.
No one said that 12 year olds should ordain... Ven. Gunaratana was just an example. 20 year old is considered a mature age in our culture... which incidentally, was the actual age that he ordained as a Bhikkhu. He entered as a novice at 12.
There seems to be an underlying assumption in this thread that being a novice or a monk means that one gets no "life experience".
manasikara wrote:may I respectfully suggest that this question be directed exclusively towards those without young children. Those of us with lil ones - who are not only physically dependent on us, but also emotionally dependent - would be performing a selfish act to just 'up and leave'.
Thus, at the age of 29, in the prime of life, with his parents weeping, he cut off his hair and beard, put on the saffron robes of a mendicant, and entered upon the homeless life of renunciation. The developed Buddha biography adds that he left the palace on the very day that his wife gave birth to their only child, the boy Rahula.
Future Bhikkhu wrote:I was interested in hearing why you do not ordain. I know that many of you are well versed and practiced but if you know that life is full of suffering, why do you not strive to end that suffering with the most effective way possible? All opinons are valid.
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