Month: October 2019
Ever considered becoming a Buddhist monk in Thailand? If so, then join the International Dhammadayada Ordination Program (IDOP) at Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Thailand. IDOP gives foreigners an opportunity to ordain as a Buddhist monk, to live in a monastery, and practice the ancient traditions of the Buddha. Becoming a monk is not easy; however, the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had. Wat Phra Dhammakaya is the world’s largest Buddhist temple in the world and you must come to experience it for yourself.
With the hectic and chaotic pace of the world, many men from around the world are seeking an alternative path. A path that leads to peace, mindfulness, and liberation. This ancient path provides the opportunity to learn how to see oneself, one’s situation, an event, and the world as it really is. This path is monkhood. Monkhood in Theravada Buddhist tradition in Thailand to be exact. Hidden in Thailand is a program called IDOP, short for International Dhammadayadas Ordination Program. This program gives foreigners an opportunity to ordain twice every year. The program caters to those speaking English and Chinese. The next ordination for English speaking participants is in March and July. The program for Chinese speaking participants will be in July. Keep in mind that this is a short term, temporary ordination program to give people an opportunity to have an authentic experience to live and practice as a Buddhist monk in a monastery. Staying longer than the completion of the program is an option, please inquire for more information.
Buddhist monks are known to have a shroud of mystery around them. They are secluded, invisible, and hidden from most of the world. This short documentary was my attempt to give you a brief glimpse into the life of a monk and behind the scene of the monastery. The monk’s life may not be understood by many so hopefully, this video will you an exclusive look into our world. It will answer questions as to why we do the things we do, what we ordain, and how to train ourselves. Speaking from first-hand experience, the monk training and monk’s life is NOT easy, self-development is NOT easy and making a commitment to a disciplined practice is NOT easy. But with that said, each day we continue to make a choice to pursue this path. I hope you enjoy this video and please feel free to leave your thoughts below. Would love to hear from you 🙂
The Dhammadayadas in IDOP experience first-hand the training of the Lord Buddha in a monastery. The highlight of this program is that it is taught in English, Thai and Chinese. Men from around the world receive first-class dhamma teachings, meditation guidance, and living with the 227 precepts. This is one monk’s experience of the IDOP program and why he chose to ordain in Thailand. Being a monk alone is difficult, but being a foreigner monk in Thailand is even more difficult. I hope this interview will give you an inside look into our experiences, challenges, and successes. Thanks for following our journeys and hope you enjoy.