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Postby Indrajala » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:27 pm

Some years ago when I was a teenager I took an interest in Buddhism and the ball got rolling on a trip that hasn't stopped. It took me to Japan, Taiwan, Nepal and India. It sure hasn't stopped, but I decided to take things a step further.

I've hesitated a lot about the idea for a few years, mostly because of disappointment with people and a distrust of large institutions. I've seen the dark side to Buddhism as well as the good side. I've been both disenchanted with the human side, and delighted with the nice people. I've tested out the three trainings and remedied a lot of suffering in my own life. I'm still a common saṃsāric being, but for my part I've cured a lot of anguish in the mind thanks to Dharma.

However, I finally figured I might as well be an island onto myself, say to hell with it and just go for it. I've had an interest for years and often imagined myself going down this route, though I had to gradually give up a lot of desires in the process.

So I became a monk. I think I renounced the home life a long time ago, so in many ways this is just a change of clothes.

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Re: Ordination

Postby Jnana » Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:07 pm

Congratulations on this joyful occasion!

May this be of great benefit to both yourself and others.

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Re: Ordination

Postby BuddhaSoup » Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:44 pm

Ven. Indrajala (formerly Jeffrey):

I saw your announcement earlier today on Facebook, and was very happy for you. Your robes may not make you wiser, but your already demonstrated wisdom and unique insight will be a great addition to the ordained community! As I said earlier, Anumodana!, and may you spend many years in robes cultivating your own liberation, and doing the Bodhisattva work in the world.
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Re: Ordination

Postby Matt J » Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:14 pm

Congratulations!

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The Great Way is not difficult
If only there is no picking or choosing
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Re: Ordination

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:53 pm

You look just like the picture (avatar/icon) that accompanies your posts.
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The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth.
Original painting by P.Volker /used by permission.
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Re: Ordination

Postby Huifeng » Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:08 am

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
Sarvamangalam bhavantu!

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Re: Ordination

Postby Hickersonia » Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:16 am

Awesome!
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Re: Ordination

Postby plwk » Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:34 am

And when the Ven Indrajala set the ordination thread in motion, the earth devas cried out:
"At Dharma Wheel, the Ordained One has set in motion the unexcelled ordination that cannot be stopped by brahman or contemplative, deva, Mara or God or anyone in the cosmos."
On hearing the earth devas' cry, the devas of the Four Kings' Heaven took up the cry... the devas of the Thirty-three... the Yama devas... the Tusita devas... the Nimmanarati devas... the Paranimmita-vasavatti devas... the devas of Brahma's retinue took up the cry:
"At Dharma Wheel, the Ordained One has set in motion the unexcelled ordination that cannot be stopped by brahman or contemplative, deva, Mara or God or anyone in the cosmos."


Being the noob that I am Ven Indrajala, I had to ask: under which Vinaya system was the ordination performed under? :thanks:
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Re: Ordination

Postby Konchog1 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:40 am

I rejoice in your action Venerable.
Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.

-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: Ordination

Postby Clarence » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:32 am

Congrats. :thumbsup:
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Re: Ordination

Postby conebeckham » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:23 pm

Sarva Mangalam!

I rejoice in this auspiciousness. May you benefit many!
May any merit generated by on-line discussion
Be dedicated to the Ultimate Benefit of All Sentient Beings.
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Re: Ordination

Postby Clarence » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:05 pm

[quote="plwk"

Being the noob that I am Ven Indrajala, I had to ask: under which Vinaya system was the ordination performed under? :thanks:[/quote]

Yeah, I came back to ask the same. Who is your preceptor, where did you get ordained, which tradition, etc. etc? Us wordlings want the juice. :-)
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Re: Ordination

Postby Simon E. » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:56 pm

Sadhu ! Sadhu ! Sadhu !

:namaste:
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Re: Ordination

Postby Jikan » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:13 pm

excellent, excellent!
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Re: Ordination

Postby pueraeternus » Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:33 pm

Sadhu sadhu!

I am sure many will visit your island a lot to learn from you. :)
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Re: Ordination

Postby dzogchungpa » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:54 pm

Excellent! Sarva mangalam!
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Re: Ordination

Postby randomseb » Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:10 pm

Excellent, excellent!

:namaste:

I have embarked on this path as well, slowly but surely.. I moved to a dharma center as a full time resident a month or so ago, took my official refuge last week and am bound to take on the novice bikkhu status one of these days, once I figure some things out and know what direction I want to take!

:buddha1:

Other people's examples of walking this path are inspiring, thank you

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Re: Ordination

Postby jikai » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:07 am

Wow! Excellent news! Congratulations!
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Re: Ordination

Postby WuMing » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:19 am

Congratulations, Venerable!!! Good decision, in this dusty world!

May I ask: where did you leave home? Tradition? Lineage?

Wish you all the best! May you be of benefit for those in need!!

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今以佛眼觀之佛與眾生同住解脫之床。無此無彼無二平等。
Now, observing with the eye of the Buddha, both the Buddha and ordinary beings are in the same liberated state. There is neither this nor that: there is only non-duality and identity.
- 空海 Kūkai 弘法大師 in Unjigi 吽字義 The Meaning of the Letter Hūṃ
new translation: Kūkai on the Philosophy of Language by Takagi Shingen and Dreitlein Eijō
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Re: Ordination

Postby practitioner » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:23 pm

Congratulations! May all beings benefit!!
One should do nothing other than benefit sentient beings either directly or indirectly - Shantideva
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