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“Now this, monks, is the noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; seperation from what is pleasing is suffering… in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering.”
~ The Buddha
SN 56:11

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Ordination

The experience of ordination begins when one hears the Dhamma for the first time in such a way that one understands the benefits one could gain from becoming a monk or nun.  This experience continues when one meets monastics and learns the Buddha’s teaching from people who are practicing it directly.

The Buddha’s path of liberation is a gradual one, and so too is the path of ordination at Bhavana.  Bhante G believes that it is important for people to experience living in a monastic setting for some time before taking on the robes.  So the first experience one has…(read more)