Ordination in the US Monastery...?

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

Post by buddhasmilingus » Tue May 21, 2013 11:40 pm

Any recommendations for male US practitioner ordaining in the Theravada practice here in the US (in the lineage of Sri Lankan, Burmese or Malaysian)?

Also what temple or monasteries abroad would welcome a Western male practitioner (in the lineage of Sri Lanka, Burmese or Malaysian)?

Thank you for your insights and recommentations.

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Re: Ordination in the US Monastery...?

Post by convivium » Tue May 21, 2013 11:43 pm

bhavana society is founded by a sri lankan monk.
there are some burmese monateries, but seem to usually have only burmese monks. there's sitagu in austin and one in santa cruz mountains (forgot the name, but it seems more practice oriented)
of coures, there's a lot of great thai forest monasteries.
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Re: Ordination in the US Monastery...?

Post by kmath » Wed May 22, 2013 2:23 am

I'm biased but your best bet might be a Thai forest monastery. There's lots of those throughout the UK, as well as one in US. Lots of westerners have found a home in that community.

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Re: Ordination in the US Monastery...?

Post by nem » Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:14 pm

With regard to Bhavana Society, there is a progression of practice to ordination. First living there as a layperson for at least a year, then becoming anagarika for an indeterminate period of time, then progressing to novice for at least a year, etc. So it's a long process to ordination.

If you are looking for ordination as you suggested, to go all the way and already sure of that, it seems easier to go to Asia like http://www.watpahnanachat.org/ordaining.php They have a similar process but it's much faster.

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