BuddhaSoup wrote:The experience of 430 am chanting, alms round, meditation, study in the Wat, and experiencing the Vinaya life, even for a week, is worthwhile, IMO. If one leaves the Wat a better person, more respectful of the Dhamma and the life of Bhikkhus/Bhikkhunis, and mindful of renunciate life, then it can be a positive.
One can do all that as a layperson, there is no need to ordain, there are many centres that cater for laypeople on retreat.
As a monk the time taken to learn ordination chanting, head shaving, wearing robes properly, handling bowls properly, etiquette, rules etc will take up most if not all of the week and still won't be learnt properly.
I agree a 1 week ordination is a waste of time, it turns the ideal of the going forth into a summer camp, better to do a 1 week retreat at a meditation centre.