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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - RLG206 Wednesday November 3...

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RLG206 - Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Buddhist Ordination - Initially accomplished without much ceremony “going forth” (pravrajya) from the household life into the homeless life “ordination” (upasampada) initially only involved a request to the Buddha and its acceptance by him with the words “Come monk. Well taught is the Dharma. Life the spiritual life for the complete ending of suffering” - subsequently ‘going forth’ and ordination proper were distinguished as two distinct ceremonies: Novice (samanera) Bhiksu/ Bhiksuni (full ordained monk) - the minimum age for full ordination as a Buddhist monk (bhiksu) is 20 years from conception - boy under that age are allowed to be ordained as novices (samanera) as long as they are old enough to “scare away crows” (ex: 7 or 8) - novices only follow ten rules: robes and shaved heads refrain from killing refrain from stealing refrain from un-chastity refrain from lying refrain from taking intoxicants
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