Ordination in Thailand Info & Advice

Discussion of ordination, the Vinaya and monastic life. How and where to ordain? Bhikkhuni ordination etc.

Re: Ordination in Thailand Info & Advice

Postby forestmat » Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:49 am

Hi Nathan and welcome to Thailand!

I have just read your most recent post and would comment as follows...

1. Take it one step at a time.

2. Don't rush to choose a Wat in which to ordain.

3. Maybe go and visit Venerable Appicchato in Kanchanaburi and listen to his wise words of wisdom from 30+ years of living here.

4. Make the decisions by yourself, and don't get swept up by your new found Thai friends enthusiasm to see you ordain.

5. Slow down...this is Thailand!

6. If you ordain at a small village temple, it may be that the Abbot won't have a clue about Visa extensions or paperwork that is required (never having
had a foreigner ordain before)

7. Drop the hotel car, in fact move out of the hotel altogether. Go and see Thailand for yourself, and by yourself - it is a far more enriching experience than the clinical security of a BKK hotel. After all, if you ordain, you will be on your own.

8. I wish you all the very best on your journey, and you can always pm me if you want some more advice or help.

My experience of Thailand (in total 12 years now) is much the same as Venerable Appicchato's, and I laugh when he writes his posts because
his experiences match mine so closely! (Especially when it comes to the Thai-Farang examples he quotes).

With Metta

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Re: Ordination in Thailand Info & Advice

Postby nathan » Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:57 am

forestmat wrote:Hi Nathan and welcome to Thailand!

I have just read your most recent post and would comment as follows...

1. Take it one step at a time.
Yes, of course.
2. Don't rush to choose a Wat in which to ordain.
Yes, again, of course.
3. Maybe go and visit Venerable Appicchato in Kanchanaburi and listen to his wise words of wisdom from 30+ years of living here.
I hope to do so soon, thank you.
4. Make the decisions by yourself, and don't get swept up by your new found Thai friends enthusiasm to see you ordain.
Again, yes.
5. Slow down...this is Thailand!
In this heat, we all are a little slower. :smile:
6. If you ordain at a small village temple, it may be that the Abbot won't have a clue about Visa extensions or paperwork that is required (never having
had a foreigner ordain before)
Not to worry.
7. Drop the hotel car, in fact move out of the hotel altogether. Go and see Thailand for yourself, and by yourself - it is a far more enriching experience than the clinical security of a BKK hotel. After all, if you ordain, you will be on your own.
Thank you for your advice.
8. I wish you all the very best on your journey, and you can always pm me if you want some more advice or help.
Thank you again, I will be in touch, when time permits. I do have many activities underway, and again, thank you.
My experience of Thailand (in total 12 years now) is much the same as Venerable Appicchato's, and I laugh when he writes his posts because
his experiences match mine so closely! (Especially when it comes to the Thai-Farang examples he quotes).
So far, not my experience, but this is, of course limited.
With Metta
Yes, also, with metta & upekkha.
forestmat

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Re: Ordination in Thailand Info & Advice

Postby gavesako » Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:34 pm

Update on the BuddhaMetta village project in Loei province, NE Thailand:

(There will be an organized trip to forest monasteries in this area during Jan-Feb 2011.)

http://www.rightview.org/Buddhametta/Bu ... taHome.php
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Kiṃkusalagavesī anuttaraṃ santivarapadaṃ pariyesamāno... (MN 26)

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