How a bikkhu name is chosen?

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How a bikkhu name is chosen?

Postby yureee123 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:34 am

I was just wondering.. how a bikkhu's name is chosen? Who choses it? The bikkhu himself? The abbot of the monstery? And the name is arbitrarious? Or it has any context?

It is just a useless curiosity.. =)

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Re: How a bikkhu name is chosen?

Postby Goofaholix » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:38 am

yureee123 wrote:I was just wondering.. how a bikkhu's name is chosen? Who choses it? The bikkhu himself? The abbot of the monstery? And the name is arbitrarious? Or it has any context?

It is just a useless curiosity.. =)


In Thailand they have a huge book with a list of possible names based on the day of the week or date of the birth of the monk to be, the preceptor chooses a name from that.

InSsri Lanka I understand the monk is named after the village he ordained or was born in .

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Re: How a bikkhu name is chosen?

Postby waterchan » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:16 am

I have heard that at Bodhinyana Monastery in Perth, Australia, the newcomers get to choose their own monastic names from a book of names. Kind of cool, really.
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Re: How a bikkhu name is chosen?

Postby James the Giant » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:54 am

waterchan wrote:I have heard that at Bodhinyana Monastery in Perth, Australia, the newcomers get to choose their own monastic names from a book of names. Kind of cool, really.

Yep, one monk even made up his own Pali-sounding name; "Nito", pronounced Neat-oh. :tongue:
But that's not usual, it's usually as Goofaholix explained.

I've got a couple of ideas for myself.
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Re: How a bikkhu name is chosen?

Postby Goofaholix » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:02 am

James the Giant wrote:I've got a couple of ideas for myself.


Gianto?
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Re: How a bikkhu name is chosen?

Postby Virgo » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:14 am

Goofaholix wrote:
yureee123 wrote:I was just wondering.. how a bikkhu's name is chosen? Who choses it? The bikkhu himself? The abbot of the monstery? And the name is arbitrarious? Or it has any context?

It is just a useless curiosity.. =)


In Thailand they have a huge book with a list of possible names based on the day of the week or date of the birth of the monk to be, the preceptor chooses a name from that.

Yes, in Thailand it is based on astrology in the monasteries.

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Re: How a bikkhu name is chosen?

Postby pilgrim » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:49 am

Goofaholix wrote:
InSsri Lanka I understand the monk is named after the village he ordained or was born in .



In Sri Lanka, monks also adopt a Pali name with religious significance, but many monks may have the same Pali name. So his village of origin is added as a prefix to identify which monk is being referred to.

Goofaholix wrote:
James the Giant wrote:I've got a couple of ideas for myself.


Gianto?
Or Jayanto. :jumping:
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Re: How a bikkhu name is chosen?

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:15 am

The Thai Book is a calendar (I believe). with the starting letter for the name corresponding to the day of the week and date.
I have heard in Burma the name is simply random (although I think the system in thailand may also be used there), and can be chosen because a new ordainee reminds the preceptor of someone.
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Re: How a bikkhu name is chosen?

Postby Sokehi » Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:23 pm

been explained before here:
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