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A good monastery to ordain?

I am looking for a monastic community that fits these criteria; Abhidhamma compliant Vinaya compliant; one meal a day, no afternoon snacks, not using money etc Analytical attitude towards the ...
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What is the visa process for ordaining foreigner monks in Sri Lanka?

I heard that the monk candidates outside of Sri Lanka have to make two trips to Sri Lanka in order to get an extended visa. Is there any easier way to ordain? I would prefer just making one trip to ...
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Chinese Dharmaguptaka jurisprudence with regards to homosexual seminarians

Has there been a recent monastic ruling amongst Dharmaguptaka monks in China & Hong Kong with regards to a policy of denying ordination to laymen who have lived homosexual lifestyles prior to ...
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When is the best time for ordination?

When exactly is it worth considering to ordain as a monk? Is it something that happens automatically during the path, that is, (a) special experience(s) or insight into the three characteristics? Is ...
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Do Buddhist children from outside of Buddhist countries ever become monks temporarily?

In Buddhist countries, young or teenage boys, and sometime girls, sometimes (or often, depending on the country) become monks temporarily. Do any Buddhist children from other countries (e.g., Western ...
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Need more information about samanera or sramanera in India(Theravada tradition)?

I am planning to be samanera or sramanera for now. Later, would like to be a buddhist monk. I am interested in Theravada tradition. I live in India. But I have no idea what is the procedure to be one ...
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Is there an absolute and known hierarchy in the Dharma?

Are there resolved authorities in what is called Buddhism or is there an array of separate, respected lineages practicing different things, believing different premises, and therefore in dispute on ...
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Can an ordained person keep a late sleep schedule?

If a person has health reasons that make sleeping late (say, 3am-11am) a necessity, can such a person appropriately hold monastic vows in the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism? Are there certain ...
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Bad Ordinations?

If a Novice was ordained but was not ready to be ordained because of one little issue, like for example, the novice: admitted to not having parental permission admitted to an alchohol problem ...
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Is it fair to ordain a child even when they refuse?

Based on the knowledge I have the only law for a layman in Buddhism is that no child can be ordained without the permission of the parents. However, something I see in this society (especially in ...
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Why was Lord Buddha reluctant to ordain females as Bhikkuni initially?

I have learnt that Lord Buddha was initially reluctant to ordain females but after a lot of convincing by his step mother Buddha started ordaining females. Why was he initially reluctant? If not for ...
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Can one with eczema become a monk?

According to this site, one of the questions asked at ordination is "do you have eczema?" to which the reply must be "No, Venerable" in order to ordain. Is this accurate? Is it the case the one with ...
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What is the monastic policy on family visitations?

If one was to ordain, would they ever be able to see their friends and family again? If so, how often? Thank you
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How to ordain and become a monk?

I want to devote my life to Buddhist way of meditation, I want to know more of Buddha teaching but my main interest is for go day and night actual meditation practices. I accidentally come across Sri ...
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Ordination procedure in Theravada Buddhism - What are grievous crimes?

I read in this answer that if one wants to become a Bhikkhu then "He must never have committed any grievous crimes". What could examples of grievous crimes be? What if crimes where committed many ...
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Ordination procedure in Theravada Buddhism - What if parents are not alive anymore?

I read that a person must get permission from his og her parents but what if that persons parents are not alive anymore. Can that person then not become ordained in this life? Thank you for your time....
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Can I ordain if i have psoriasis?

Is one able to be ordained if they have psoriasis? It's similar to eczema but not identical? Will this vary depending on where you go to ordain? Thank you.
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How should a married person get ordained in Theravada Buddhism?

Can a married person who does not have children ordain if he has the consent of his parents? Does his wife has to give permission? How much contact should he keep with his wife after he ordains?
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Strong desire to serve/ordain

every meditator at a point in his her life goes through a dilemma of whether to ordain or to live a lay life. Although it's a wholesome disposition, I wonder if its a lack of strength to face problems ...
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Nuns and ordination

I see that in some theravdan traditions woman cannot fully ordain (some thai traditions). But in some burmese and tibetan traditions they can. From what I understand it is because of the break in ...
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Ordination and support from parents

If one intends to ordain, say in Thailand, and one lives in India - would it be right/moral to ask support from one's parents (since one is not yet ready/able to support oneself)?
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Distinction between Dharmaguptaka and Mahayana

what's the distinction between Dharmaguptaka and Mahayana? I know that the former is an ordination lineage with specific vinaya as distinct from Theravada ordination, but I don't understand where ...
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How to ordain as a monk? [closed]

What is the most prominent way to ordain as a monk? Like who's involved, and how to contact the respective person to ordain?
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What are the requirements or preconditions for someone to ordain?

Can a person ordain at any age? Can he or she have children? In a nutshell, what are the things that will not allow someone to ordain?
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Do all Buddhist schools give dharma names upon ordination?

I was glad to read in MatthewMartin's answer to another question that he'd be interested to know if dharma names are common to all Buddhist groups/schools/sects, or if there are any that don't give ...
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Can someone explain about children monks?

I've seen pictures online of young children dressed in monks robes in Buddhist countries. Does someone make the decision on behalf of the child that they will become a monk? Do they eat only one meal ...
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How to help non-Buddhists understand a young person's desire to be ordained as a monk?

Many non-Buddhists do not understand the appeal or the benefits of becoming a monk. They may not be able to understand why one would want to live such a simple life, and they may not take the decision ...