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lay person wishing to become ordained

Postby pinkpadma » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:58 pm

hello everyone, i dont think i ever took a chance to introduce myself. to make a long story short i have a calling to become a buddhist monk. but i dont know where to begin. I am currently residing in jersey city new jersey and i am very close to new york city. can anyone help me. i would also appreciate any advice on simply being a better buddhist. thank you in advanced for all sincere replies. i love you

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Re: lay person wishing to become ordained

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:12 pm


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.


I would recommend checking out the following sub-forum...

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

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Re: lay person wishing to become ordained

Postby cooran » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:32 pm

Late welcome, PP!

I think it would be worthwhile for you to regularly attend a local Buddhist temple as a lay person for a while before taking such a course.

With metta,
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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: lay person wishing to become ordained

Postby reflection » Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:00 am

Nice to see you here.

If you have a calling to become a monk, the best place to begin is probably going on a retreat in a Buddhist monastery. You can get a taste of the life, especially if the retreat is long (say a month or so) and is not in the official retreat time when many people come.

But for that monasteries often ask of you to first come visit for a shorter time, so that's probably the best way to start.

Have fun!


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Re: lay person wishing to become ordained

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:25 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Guessing from your username, are you a woman? Bhikkhuni ordinations are becoming more common, especially in 'Western' nations and Sri Lanka.

Good advice above about checking out some temples and participating in their functions and retreats.

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Re: lay person wishing to become ordained

Postby davemiller » Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:48 am

Hello and Welcome !!!!!!!

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