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Monks' & Nuns' names

Postby being5 » Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:49 am

Are monks & nuns given their names at ordination?
How are the names chosen and by whom?
Might there be two (or more) monastics contemporary with each other both having the same name?
If names are given at ordination what happens with 'novices' - are they called by their ordinary lay names?

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Re: Monks' & Nuns' names

Postby gavesako » Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:55 am

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Re: Monks' & Nuns' names

Postby Dugu » Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:24 am

What if you didn't like the name they give you, can you make a request for another? just wondering... :mrgreen:

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Re: Monks' & Nuns' names

Postby James N. Dawson » Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:30 pm

I was thinking of this just the other day. What would really embarrass and conflict me is if I were given the same name as a very prominent monk. It would make me feel very awkward, and worry that the prominent monk would feel the same way, or even resentful (even if he tried not to be), thinking I might have tried to inluence the teacher in his choice. And if I objected, even politely, I might be seen as ungrateful or troublesome. This is all pretty much academic, since I don't plan to ordain any time soon, but it's just a disturbing possibility I thought of.

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Re: Monks' & Nuns' names

Postby Laurens » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:47 pm

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