Taking the plunge

Discussion of ordination, the Vinaya and monastic life. How and where to ordain? Bhikkhuni ordination etc.
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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by shjohnk » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:37 am

Hi Jack,

You may find this paper helpful:
http://www.bps.lk/other_library/Info%20 ... teries.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It's a little out of date (2006), but certainly a good reference!
All the best in your inspiring move!

John

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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by nissaranamagga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:35 am

Best wishes! Jack. You will make it.

I went to Nauyana aranya and Kanduboda last week. In fact i got to travel 3 days with a Czech monk from Nauyana.

Give us a shout when you are here in SL.


metta.

chan


PS my teacher is also from NZ.

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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by Modus.Ponens » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:58 am

All the best to you Jack :smile:
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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by BlackBird » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:21 am

Hello all, sorry for a bit of a late response.

I have been learning a little Sinhala, not enough to really hold a conversation but hopefully that will change over the next couple of months. Once again thank you all for the positive responses :)

metta
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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by jcsuperstar » Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:24 am

practice well and make us all proud! we need as many noble ones in the world as we can get.
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by nissaranamagga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:44 pm

You will learn sinhala quickly. I have met several western monks who speaks singhalese fluently. You can learn fast when you are here but it is always good to have a bit of preparation.

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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by adosa » Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:11 pm

A belated "Good Luck Jack."

adosa :smile:
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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by suriyopama » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:39 am

Congratulations. I wish you peace and happiness in this path. :namaste:

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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by Vardali » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:50 am

Good luck, Jack, I am sure it will be a memorable experience :)
Moving to a different country to live there is quite a challenge; I only did this within Europe, so the culture shock was relatively minor ;)

Just be prepared that there WILL be culture shock, so you can be prepared and manage it as something that is for most people inevitable after the first couple of month.

Enjoy :toast:

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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by BlackBird » Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:03 pm

My idea thus far has been a meditation-acclimatisation programme, whereby I intensify my efforts whilst living at home, then I leave for Bodhinyanarama in Wellington on April 10th, it's Thai Forest tradition, so there's good practice environment, but it's not too heavy going - It should allow me time to adapt to the monastic routine a bit more than if I had left straight from home to Sri Lanka.

Anyway, I'm off to the batch for a week, hope you are all well my friends and your practice is good!

metta
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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta

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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:59 am

Greetings Jack,

I'm very pleased for you.

Keep up the good work.

:thumbsup:

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by PeterB » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:39 am

:thumbsup:

What he said.
What you are doing is a blessing for all beings Jack. The great Going Forth.

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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by baratgab » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:06 pm

BlackBird wrote:My idea thus far has been a meditation-acclimatisation programme, whereby I intensify my efforts whilst living at home, then I leave for Bodhinyanarama in Wellington on April 10th, it's Thai Forest tradition, so there's good practice environment, but it's not too heavy going - It should allow me time to adapt to the monastic routine a bit more than if I had left straight from home to Sri Lanka.
I'm sure that the whole thing will go all-right. :smile: If you have any difficulties while you are at home, you don't have to worry about them. In a monastic environment both the precepts and the regular meditation are actually much easier to maintain. Or at least this was my experience; and this is one of the reasons why I plan to ordain too.

Good luck. :thumbsup:
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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by appicchato » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:54 pm

baratgab wrote:...I plan to ordain too.
:thumbsup:

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Re: Taking the plunge

Post by bodhabill » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:12 am

Hi Jack

Belated best wishes

You are wise beyond your years and as such I know you will find what you are looking for

Enjoy the journey

With Metta
Bill
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