How do I ordain

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

Postby Anagarika » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:08 pm

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Re: How do I ordain

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:13 pm

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: How do I ordain

Postby Ytrog » Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:45 pm

I'm wondering who in this forum feels the spark here. Maybe I start a topic to do a small inventory here of the people that have the wish to ordain. What do you think? :candle:

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Re: How do I ordain

Postby Buddho » Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:21 am

Hi friends,

My brother and I are leaving for Thailand on Sept. 5th. I'm looking to ordain and he is just exploring Buddhism. I've spent 2 months at a Wat in California and let me tell you becoming and staying a monk is definitely not an easy thing. But for those that want to put an end to their suffering, it is definitely the path to be walked. I'm fortunate to have 2 uncles that live in Thailand who will be showing us around. We will be in and around Chiang Mai.

I would suggest you go out to Thailand and spend some time at different Wats to get a feeling of which one you like. I think the most important thing is to find a good teacher that can guide you. Once you find which Wat you like then you can ask the Abbot for ordination. And yes some places will not ordain those who are older in age but I believe most temples will. As for giving up your belongings some people will give everything up and others will hold on to some things before they are completely sure that this is what they want. Best of luck to you. With Metta.

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Re: How do I ordain

Postby gavesako » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:09 pm

Why He became a monk, Bhante Mark Shares his story WOB 1

The first episode of our Mini Show "Words of The Buddha". We are joined with fully ordained Buddhist monk Bhante Mark from the Wat Napahpong temple in Bangkok Thailand to talk about Buddha and Buddhism.

The questions we cover in this video are:

- Why did you (Bhante Mark) become a Monk?
- Why Did you Choose this Temple?
- Who Was Buddha?
- How did Buddha Overcome Birth, Aging & Death?
- What are the 4 Noble Truths?
- How did Buddha Attain this Wisdom?

A nice video series.
Bhikkhu Gavesako
Kiṃkusalagavesī anuttaraṃ santivarapadaṃ pariyesamāno... (MN 26)

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