BlueLotus wrote:Thank you friends
I can be in physically bad conditions. I did not have great comfort from small days and I am very used to it.
But I am 49 years. Is that a problem since I am old? I really hope not. I hope to start small and go step by step in a monastery. If I can not do it I will go back to sri lanka to my friends. It is better to try and see.
Blue, I don't think that your age will be an issue, as I was, ahem, about your age when I ordained as a samanera. So much depends on the Abbot; some are so kind that they will take in and ordain nearly anyone who expresses a sincere desire to train and become a monk, so long as the Vinaya rules are followed. Other Abbots can be strict, and refuse older folks, those with illness, and even dogs dropped off at the temple, as they don't want the cost burden of caring for older or infirm beings. As a general rule, and certainly at my Wat, the Abbot took all creatures in, furry or not.
49 is also young enough, that you'd have many years of vassa to complete and still be only mildly middle aged. (After passing 50, I happily adopted this view. When I was 25, anyone my parent's age was 'decrepit' ..... At 50, I had raised my children, and my life has opened up a bit in the sense that I can be a temporary homeleaver and not leave anyone behind. There are real advantages to being of your age when ordaining, as the issues or obstructions that would hinder a young man of 25 may not be present with someone 50 and having accumulated some wisdom and lived life a bit.