Dhamma names?

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Dhamma names?

Postby Upasaka Sumana » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:27 pm

Are dhamma names forbidden for lay Theravadins?

(How) can I get a dhamma name?
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Do not think lightly of good, saying, "It will not come to me." A drop at a time is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.

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Re: Dhamma names?

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:39 pm

I don't think so. Anagarika Dharmapala had one and he was a lay man all his life until about the last year when he ordained.

His dying words were, "may I be re-born 25 more times so that I can spread the Buddha-Dhamma." :bow: :bow: :bow:

Not sure how you could do it, but I would check with a venerable if you want a formal ceremony; perhaps in conjunction with a formal refuge ceremony.

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Re: Dhamma names?

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:47 pm

My impression is that it is uncommon for Theravadins to take Dhamma names unless they are ordained. However, some Western organisations do do this. But the whole thing of taking a Pali name is clearly a ('modern') post-Buddha's lifetime idea anyway. If it is inspiring to you, and doesn't cause any friction with the people you associate with, I don't see any problem.

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Re: Dhamma names?

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:11 am

I did it!

fare enough I roughly translated the meaning of my actual name and not for any real reason other than some anonimity, but I have at times found it useful (when I wasn't being as headful as I should be and noticed it myself etc) as a reminder for practice, something like a conversation David wants to say F*** Y** TOS*** and punch his lights out, Manapa would do this though!
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