Taking the plunge

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

Re: Taking the plunge

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:59 am

Greetings Jack,

I'm very pleased for you.

Keep up the good work.

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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby PeterB » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:39 am

:thumbsup:

What he said.
What you are doing is a blessing for all beings Jack. The great Going Forth.

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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby baratgab » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:06 pm

BlackBird wrote:My idea thus far has been a meditation-acclimatisation programme, whereby I intensify my efforts whilst living at home, then I leave for Bodhinyanarama in Wellington on April 10th, it's Thai Forest tradition, so there's good practice environment, but it's not too heavy going - It should allow me time to adapt to the monastic routine a bit more than if I had left straight from home to Sri Lanka.


I'm sure that the whole thing will go all-right. :smile: If you have any difficulties while you are at home, you don't have to worry about them. In a monastic environment both the precepts and the regular meditation are actually much easier to maintain. Or at least this was my experience; and this is one of the reasons why I plan to ordain too.

Good luck. :thumbsup:
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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby appicchato » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:54 pm

baratgab wrote:...I plan to ordain too.

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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby bodhabill » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:12 am

Hi Jack

Belated best wishes

You are wise beyond your years and as such I know you will find what you are looking for

Enjoy the journey

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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby Euclid » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:39 am

Such courage! Good on ya mate. Have a good one, best of luck.

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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby rowyourboat » Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:41 pm

May you attain nibbana. I am from Sri lanka and you have chosen your teachers well. I am reminded of a danish monk in the jungles of Mahiyangana Ven Amathasiri who would be inspiring to meet. He has lived in the jungles there over 20years. If all else fails just keep track of lobha dosa moha in your own mind and keep batting away! If you meet Ven dhammajiva give him my (my name is Matheesha) regards!

Best wishes on your journey!

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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby nissaranamagga » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:18 pm

rowyourboat wrote: I am from Sri lanka and you have chosen your teachers well. I am reminded of a danish monk in the jungles of Mahiyangana Ven Amathasiri who would be inspiring to meet.



Have you heard of Ven. Gnanadipa?
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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby rowyourboat » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:11 pm

No I haven't. I met Ven dhammajiva when he visited UK. Is this venerable from Nissaranawanaya?
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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby nissaranamagga » Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:43 pm

No he lives by himself. Lived in the Laggala area for many years and now in 'tanna' Balangoda. Recently he came to belihuloya aranya for just a few days and went back. A very senior and much respected monk among the forest tradition.
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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby altar » Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:45 am

May you have a nice time as a monk.
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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby Wind » Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:41 am

Good for you Blackbird and remember to share your progress with us.

Is there a particular reason you chose to ordain in Sri Lanka?
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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby BlackBird » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:38 am

Thank you every one :D

Wind wrote:Is there a particular reason you chose to ordain in Sri Lanka?


I found a teacher who I have a lot of confidence in.

metta
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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby Wind » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:08 am

BlackBird wrote:Thank you every one :D

Wind wrote:Is there a particular reason you chose to ordain in Sri Lanka?


I found a teacher who I have a lot of confidence in.

metta
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Oh that is a great reason. :smile:
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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby ando » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:12 am

You have my utmost admiration Jack. May you find what you are looking for in Sri lanka.

I too am "plotting" my getaway, targeting within 2 years although my leaving-home path would probably take me to Thailand and the UK before hitting India or Sri Lanka.
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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:36 am

Greetings Jack,

BlackBird wrote:I found a teacher who I have a lot of confidence


Are you going to Potgulgala Aranya?

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby BlackBird » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:48 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Jack,

Are you going to Potgulgala Aranya?

Metta,
Retro. :)


This is something I hope to do once I have a grounding in the monastic lifestyle. Perhaps a few years down the track, provided Venerable Nyanananda is still alive then.

metta
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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:31 pm

Greetings Jack,

Well don't count on the great man waiting for you!

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby BlackBird » Sun Mar 07, 2010 12:30 am

retrofuturist wrote:Well don't count on the great man waiting for you!


Please understand that I am so far unsure of how visas will work out, essentially all I've been told is: "Don't worry, you can sort it out when you get here."
I assume a monastery will have to endorse me for visa extensions, in which case I would feel obliged to remain at that monastery for a fair duration. In a perfect world I would like to go around and sample what each environment has to offer before I ordain, but because of constraints this may not be possible, time will tell.

I don't expect anybody to wait on me, certainly not a great man.

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Re: Taking the plunge

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Mar 07, 2010 12:42 am

Greetings Jack,

Fair enough. Apologies if I appeared to be exerting any pressure on you.

:anjali:

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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