JohnK wrote:I will be attending an ordination and am wondering if and what type of gift might be a good idea. I expect possessions are minimal -- I don't want to add to a pile of stuff being renounced! I could certainly donate to the monastery, but wondering about the monk. Thoughts?
When I received my novice ordination I was given a book as a gift, that was really nice. Rude Awakenings, book of a monk and his lay-attended on pilgrimage to all the buddhist holy sites, wasn't a fictional novel, was read as a story and pertained to Dhamma.
One of the most practical things I can think of would be a razor set, a straight razor set, one of those straight blades that can be folded into its handle maintained and re-used. Permitted in the Vinaya being it's a necessity for a monk and is a tool that can be used for shaving both head and face without needing replacement, electricity, and can be practiced to use without a bathroom or bathroom mirror, which would be a very nice skill for a monk to learn in the long-run.
With it he wouldn't require a source of disposable plastic razors, or one that needs new blades every so often bought from a store, or electricity.
Whether or not he'd be interested in learning to use it however is another story.