Gena1480 wrote:Venerable Bhikkhu Pesala
What are their roles.
One of the 5 (or 10) is the candidate's preceptor, another questions the candidate as to his suitability for ordination before inviting him into the midst of the Sangha for the ordination ceremony. Three monks recite the formal act of the Sangha (kammavāca)
. All of the monks present consent to the acceptance of the candidate by their silence. If even one monk does not consent to the ordination it is invalid. That is why the ordination must be done within an agreed boundary (sīma), to ensure that all bhikkhus present within it have agreed on the formal act of the Sangha.
A sīma in Asia usually has a specially constructed building
, but it doesn't have to. It can be just an agreed area demarcated by stones