Ordain in Sri Lanka age 53?

Discussion of ordination, the Vinaya and monastic life. How and where to ordain? Bhikkhuni ordination etc.
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pbampton
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Ordain in Sri Lanka age 53?

Post by pbampton » Tue May 29, 2018 8:42 pm

Does anyone have any information about the possibility of being able to ordain at age 53, or maybe 54 by the time I make it there, in Sri Lanka? I am very attracted to Na Uyana but they say they dont ordain men over 40. I was told there was more possibility of being able to ordain at my age in Sri Lanka than anywhere else but I dont know how true this is. I am interested in an emphasis on meditation and solitary practice, and not particularly looking for intensive nissarana or a close relationship with a teacher as i have been living in community and teaching as a lay man for several years.

If anyone has any suggestions I would very much appreciate it. I plan to go for Sri Lanka for 2-3 months in winter on an exploratory visit and i hope to find a monastery that would be willing to accept me.

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Re: Ordain in Sri Lanka age 53?

Post by JamesTheGiant » Tue May 29, 2018 9:34 pm

pbampton wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 8:42 pm
anyone have any information about the possibility of being able to ordain at age 53, or maybe 54 by the time I make it there, in Sri Lanka? I am very attracted to Na Uyana but they say they dont ordain men over 40. I was told there was more possibility of being able to ordain at my age in Sri Lanka than anywhere else but I dont know how true this is. I am interested in an emphasis on meditation and solitary practice, and not particularly looking for intensive nissarana or a close relationship with a teacher as i have been living in community and teaching as a lay man for several years.

If anyone has any suggestions I would very much appreciate it. I plan to go for Sri Lanka for 2-3 months in winter on an exploratory visit and i hope to find a monastery that would be willing to accept me.
Ordain elsewhere, such as in Thailand during the vassa, when they ordain tens of thousands temporarily. Then you're already a bhikkhu, and finding a monastery in Sri Lanka will be a lot easier. You can just go there and wil have no touble finding a temporary monastery, until you get the perfect one.

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Re: Ordain in Sri Lanka age 53?

Post by paul » Thu May 31, 2018 7:19 am

pbampton wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 8:42 pm
I am interested in an emphasis on meditation and solitary practice, and not particularly looking for intensive nissarana or a close relationship with a teacher
The motivation mentioned suggests you would be better off seeking a retreat for lay people:
http://nilambe.net/contact-us.php

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