Let's make a list of all monasteries where it is realistic to ordain

Discussion of ordination, the Vinaya and monastic life. How and where to ordain? Bhikkhuni ordination etc.
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yashar
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Let's make a list of all monasteries where it is realistic to ordain

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I plan to travel to South East Asia in February and hopefully find a place where I can ordain long term. I am 30 years old and have enough money to travel for a year if I need to. Also I have low requirements, using the internet or good kutis would be nice but I am very open minded and could live without this. At the moment I research all monasteries that accept english speaking foreigners:

Thailand:

- Pa Pa Meditation Retreat
https://www.papaemeditation.org/

- iMONASTERY https://imonastery.com/
2 Months Program to become a monk.

- Wat Phu Kongtong

- Wat Pa Ban Tat

- Wat Pah Nanachat (Mahā Nikāya):

- Wat Pah Boom Lorm (Mahā Nikāya):

- Wat Marp Jan (Mahā Nikāya)

probably a lot more.

Myanmar:

Pa-Auk International Centre in Myanmar
However Myanmar has a civil war atm. I don't think you can vist it.

Malaysia

Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary https://sasanarakkha.org/
Looks amazing.
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are you still searching? how is your journey going?
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I think I will go to Wat Pah Nanachat first.
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Here is a maps edit with Sri Lankan monasteries shared here a while back
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid= ... lh8-iBTuZp

Visa arrangement in SL is simple. 1 year extendable free visa for monks who can get a recommendation letter from a monastery.
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https://retreat-infos.de

use google translater


the page issnt not so well maintaind at the last years but Im looking also for somthing like this ...

A wiki woud be the best dhammawiki.com ?
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Does anyone have any experience with the mentioned iMonastery? Heading to Thailand soon, sounds like an interesting ordination process. Almost too easy? Something feels off about them, but I can't put my finger on it. Does anyone know of this teacher, and if this is a legitimate program and lineage?
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MN10 wrote: Fri Oct 13, 2023 2:56 am Does anyone have any experience with the mentioned iMonastery? Heading to Thailand soon, sounds like an interesting ordination process. Almost too easy? Something feels off about them, but I can't put my finger on it. Does anyone know of this teacher, and if this is a legitimate program and lineage?
It has a large photo of the monk who founded Dhammakaya .
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robertk wrote: Fri Oct 13, 2023 3:46 am
MN10 wrote: Fri Oct 13, 2023 2:56 am Does anyone have any experience with the mentioned iMonastery? Heading to Thailand soon, sounds like an interesting ordination process. Almost too easy? Something feels off about them, but I can't put my finger on it. Does anyone know of this teacher, and if this is a legitimate program and lineage?
It has a large photo of the monk who founded Dhammakaya .
OOPS! Well spotted!
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhammakaya_tradition
Dhammakaya site: https://www.dhammakaya.net/blog/2013/09 ... -Knowledge

I've noticed in Thailand and here in NZ that Dhammakaya has rather clever and aggressive marketing. They are super organised and modern looking (unlike the somewhat ramshackle nature of many Thai monasteries - personally I find ramshackle endearing...). I understand they provide some sponsorship of the University of Otago (NZ) religious studies programme, and presumably other programmes around the world, which gives them some visibility and credibility. Presumably the iMonastery is well organised and appears attractive to foreigners...

There are all kinds of opportunities in Thailand, but they can be tricky to navigate unless you have contacts and/or speak Thai. Personally, if I was considering that sort of thing I'd talk to people I know are reliable and have on-the-ground experience. There are some people here who do, but don't visit here often. Ven Dhammanando is a great source of knowledge, who helped to arrange me spending a week in a monastery in the Chiang Mai area almost ten years ago, but he hasn't posted here for a while. You may find him occasionally on Sutta Central's forum: https://discourse.suttacentral.net/u/dh ... do/summary

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MN10 wrote: Fri Oct 13, 2023 2:56 am Does anyone have any experience with the mentioned iMonastery? Heading to Thailand soon, sounds like an interesting ordination process. Almost too easy? Something feels off about them, but I can't put my finger on it. Does anyone know of this teacher, and if this is a legitimate program and lineage?
Don't go.
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Well if you go Thailand or Sri Lanka, I don't know about your body but I am very happy to be 1300m above sea level in Myanmar. So I'd find a monastery which has a suitable temperature. I am in Myanmar which is currently dangerous to travel to. Pa Auk and Mahasi are famous in Myanmar, then there is Shwe O Min, among many others. The problem with Pa Auk though is that they really want you to get Jhana first. So be ready for a long time anapanasati :). There are Pa Auk monasteries in many countries, and they are supposed to have good Vinaya. But some are crazy hot and you ll stay in airconditioning all the time... Which I don't like. Thai forest you could try. Sri Lanka has a Pa Auk in the mountains but I heard the main teacher is often traveling so you will have to do with junior teachers. My friend didn't like so he came here. It's rare to find a good teacher. That is the main thing. And if you only speak English then you are very limited. Good luck!
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