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Household life is crowded and dusty; life gone forth is wide open… Suppose I shave off my hair and beard, put on the ochre robe, and go forth from the home life into homelessness.”
~the Buddha
MN 36

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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)