I'm also wondering if taking novice monk vows- samenera- involves the preceptor asking you if you have debt? If that is not a requirement for samenera then I could just remain a novice, which is fine with me, I'll always consider myself a novice anyway.
If I'm totally ineligible for ordination, is it reasonable to just live at a monastery as a layman? Being in the monastic environment is a support for my practice I think I need.
My debt is insurmountable short of winning the lottery, you could buy a large house with this amount of money- but as I said, the debt is not really an issue for me in regular life because I do not make enough money to have to repay it...and I have no aspiration to make lots of money.
I have a real gripe, in fact, with making lots of money in this day and age- as a usa taxpayer, some of my tax money goes to pay for wars and even torture. The more money I make, the more taxes I pay, which I would be fine with except that the money is used by the government, in part, for some pretty bad stuff. If it was just to pay schoolteachers and feed the needy and all that, I would be happy to pay more in taxes.
If I feel that ordination is my path, do I have any chance of making this happen given this debt?