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“This is the entire spiritual life, Ananda, that is, good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship. When a monk has a good friend, a good companion, a good comrade, it is to be expected that he will develop and cultivate the Noble Eightfold Path.”
~ The Buddha
SN 45:2

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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)