The decision to renounce the world and become a homeless monastic is a very serious one. The monastic life does not suit everyone, and not everyone is suited to a life that is both communal and isolated, bounded by many precepts, and which renounces the pleasures and activities of worldly life.(read more)
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)