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 Post subject: Ordination
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:27 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:07 pm 
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Congratulations on this joyful occasion!

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

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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:44 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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Congratulations!

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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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You look just like the picture (avatar/icon) that accompanies your posts.
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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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Awesome!

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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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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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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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I rejoice in your action Venerable.

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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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Congrats. :thumbsup:


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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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Sarva Mangalam!

I rejoice in this auspiciousness. May you benefit many!

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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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[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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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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Sadhu ! Sadhu ! Sadhu !

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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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excellent, excellent!

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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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Sadhu sadhu!

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

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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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Excellent! Sarva mangalam!

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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:10 pm 
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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!

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

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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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Wow! Excellent news! Congratulations!
Gassho,
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 Post subject: Re: Ordination
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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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Congratulations! May all beings benefit!!

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