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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 may often not be in line with your wishes and expectations, and may be a source of grief. If you read the book "The Broken Buddha" by Ven. S. Dhammika, ...


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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 receives what is given without strings toward world. One who has gone forth abstains from using vehicles, dwells in the Vihara of metta for all. One who has gone ...


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Good householder, As for the Noble tradition, the Sublime Buddhas Sangha, such as Anagarika (a householder without house...) is unknown and seemingly a merely new, Sri Lank originated custom. Yet there are communities with agree on what is called "Sangha-agreement", of which is only allwoed if not against the Dhamna-Vinaya. Generally the Sublime ...


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That whole point of ordaining isn't just to leave home, it's to leave your very self behind. Monastic ordination in any tradition - Buddhism of any stripe and otherwise - has a component of complete obedience to both the precepts, the rule, and the community. If that the way it's done, that's the way you do it. Your anxieties, reservations, or oppositions ...


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Answering this for personal experience. A few years back I was doing my Ph.D. in the UK and I got an episode of Psychosis, that turned into Schizophrenia, and I also got diagnosed with depression. My whole life turned upside-down and I had to return to my home country. I had no job and did literally nothing other than sleeping, for five years straight. ...


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Foreign Monks in Sri Lanka There are a few foreign monks in Sri Lanka. There are usually not many monks that speak English in the temples. Visa rules have recently changed allowing visa beyond three months: See section 3. Religious Category of Residence Visa See also General Information Residence Visa for clergy is Free. Are you an ordained Monk? If so ...


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Good householder, "Their website specifically says that if you have had psychosis in the past you cannot ordain or even go as a novice, since it would be a burden if your psychosis reappeared" In short: that's the community's rule there, yet not something found as "Dhamma-agreement" in accordiance with the Dhamna-Vinaya and it's further ...


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According to the Theravada Vinaya, one wishing to ordain needs to obtain the permission of all living birth or foster parents, unless they have abandoned him or her. A son whose parents have not given their permission. According to the Commentary, this requirement includes foster parents as well as birth parents. There is no need to get a parent’s ...


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