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How should a married person get ordained in Theravada Buddhism?

A married man need not ask his wife for permission. Even the permission from one's parents was once disregarded by Sariputta (in ordaining Revata). According to the rules (Pāc. 80), though, a woman ...
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Strong desire to serve/ordain

I would say to give it a test run. Start keeping the 8 precepts: Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures. Adinnadana ...
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Strong desire to serve/ordain

Some times monastic life may not be calm as you think. Also austerity of vinaya will make it harder than lay life incase your have significant attachments. So best is: lean the Vinaya so you do not ...
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Ordination procedure in Theravada Buddhism - What are grievous crimes?

Page 99 of this account of The Buddhist Monastic Code list 11 types who should not be ordained as bhikkhus, a pandaka (essentially, a eunuch or a person born neuter—see Sanghadisesa 2), a “...
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What are the requirements or preconditions for someone to ordain?

Disclaimer: This is the current knowledge I have on the Theravadin tradition. Here is a summary that answers your question: Becoming a Novice The first part of the ordination procedure for ...
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Nuns and ordination

I wasn't aware of any Burmese traditions allowing for female ordination; in Burma it has always been seen as a terrible heresy, afaik, with one bhikkhuni actually being thrown in jail. The gist of the ...
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Can one with eczema become a monk?

An explanation (including the origin story) of this rule is given on pages 194 through 195 of The Buddhist Monastic Code II -- The Khandhaka Rules Translated & Explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. It ...
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How to ordain and become a monk?

Hope this video, "Ask A Monk: How To Ordain As A Monk" by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu would help you! And hope you will achieve what you want!
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Is it fair to ordain a child even when they refuse?

It is as fair as forcing the kids to go to schools, when they refuse. There's usually a probation period as a novice within which they have to prove themselves worthy of monkhood. Even if the parents ...
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Is it fair to ordain a child even when they refuse?

I live in Asia and i am aware of the situation. Yes it is sad and here is how and why it is happening. The horoscope matter happens because South Asian ideology is dominated by "Astrology". Most of ...
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How should a married person get ordained in Theravada Buddhism?

Married people can ordain. Ideally you should get permission from your wife also though not explicitly required. You have to limit the relationship to that of any other woman. I.e, no physical ...
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Distinction between Dharmaguptaka and Mahayana

The Dharmaguptaka school was one of the old 18 to 20 early schools of Buddhism that arose before the arrival of Mahayana Buddhism. Mahayana Buddhism is really just a blanket term we use to refer to ...
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Ordination and support from parents

If they support you then it is OK. You should ask for support according to their faith and ability. Normally supporters and family are the same words in pali. It is listed in the Metta sutta as ...
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Can one with eczema become a monk?

The degree of strict interpretation of such rules largely depends on the monastery, tradition and abbot under whom one ordains. Most monastic orders I know adapt these rules to suit their circumstance ...
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Why was Lord Buddha reluctant to ordain females as Bhikkuni initially?

I once listened to the same question being answered by a monk. And here are the answers. (Not the exact words but the long story short.) Lord Buddha never said that Males are better than Females. But ...
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Is Anagarika procedure a necessity in Thai Forest Tradition?

Firstly, I feel one should avoid having a romanticized view of either the lay married life or the celibate monastic life. Being a married person, you may find that your spouse, children and in-laws ...
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Why was Lord Buddha reluctant to ordain females as Bhikkuni initially?

there's an alternative point of view suggesting that if the Mahapajapati's story is indeed authentic, it postdates the first acceptance of a woman into the Sangha, who could be Bhadda Kundalakesa, and ...
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Ordination procedure in Theravada Buddhism - What if parents are not alive anymore?

The commentary to this rule has some interesting discussion, including an answer to your question: mātāpitaro matā, dārako cūḷamātādīnaṃ santike saṃvaddho, tasmiṃ pabbājiyamāne ñātakā kalahaṃ vā ...
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Can an ordained person keep a late sleep schedule?

Yes, such a person can appropriately hold monastic vows in the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. There are sleeping restrictions in the Vinaya, but not regarding the time or length of sleep. ...
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Do Buddhist children from outside of Buddhist countries ever become monks temporarily?

In my country (Belgium) and I presume in most Western countries, children are of course allowed to follow programs like these. However, a child joining a monastic order is considered controversial as ...
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When is the best time for ordination?

When you become dispassionate in continuing the lay life or when you get enough confidence that you can successfully fend off the temptations of lay life, it is worth considering ordination. I would ...
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How difficult is it to be a foreign monk in Asia?

Good householder, one who went forth under the Gem is everywhere outside the Buddhaparisa a foreigner. One who went forth does not relay on 'rights' or demands, but has just the Gems as refuge and ...
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Do all Buddhist schools give dharma names upon ordination?

An interesting twist is that at least one school of Buddhism does not have monastics but does give Dharma names to lay followers at a ceremony called Affirmation. For example, from: http://bffct.org/...
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Ordination and support from parents

Yeah, It's not an immoral act to ask for help, especially your parents. You shouldn't become dependent though, but as long as you really need it, there shouldn't be any problem.
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Can I ordain if i have psoriasis?

It all depends on how severe it is. Two things that are of concern are: 1) Is it visible i.e. on the face or other exposed part of the body such that it puts the faithful followers off? 2) Is it ...
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Can one with eczema become a monk?

I'm guessing that such rules were the compulsions of "maintaining the health of the flock/herd by sacrificing the individual". In those ancient days when antibiotics and anti-fungal creams were ...

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