The ordination ceremony (with some small variations from place to place) follows the following stages. You will have the chance to familiarize yourself with the stages in rehearsal during the week before your ordination. When you click on the links below, you can download the chanting that belongs to each stage. When you click the PDF Icon on the right of the link you can read the text of the chanting. Or, you can download our app to practice chanting on-the-go.
The circumambulation is a ceremony to pay respect to the Triple Gem. By circumanbulating the chapel, clock wise, in procession is to contemplate the great virtue of the Lord of Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha.
Chanting during circumambulation of the temple
After the third circumambulation, ordinands should enter the ordination ground in the single row. To paying homage to the ordination ground. The pure and holy boundary where Sangha attend Sanghakamma. Buddha image, which represent the Lord Buddha, was placed here.
1.Paying Homage to the ordination ground and chapel
Paying Homage to Principle(main) Buddha image is to pay a highest respect to the Buddha image which represents the Lord of Buddha.
Seeking guardian’s forgiveness is the procedure of paying respect to and seeking forgiveness from their guardian or their parents in the trespassing that ordinands have done against their mother, their father, their guardians and their relatives. Therefore, the ordinands will become pure in the ordination and unblemished in the Brabmafaring in their pursuit of Nibbanain in this lifetime. Next step the ordinands will accepted the Triple Robes from their guardians.
3.Requesting the going-forth(pabbajja)
Pabbjja is the method of applying to be a priest by chanting with the highest respect to the Triple Gem, which are the Lord of Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha, to the preceptor.
4.Basic objects of meditation
The preceptor instructs applicants in the Triple Gems, advise them to develop conviction in it as, their refuge and reminds them of the purpose and benefits of ordination. After that he teaches applicants the five basic objects of meditation, (which are Kesa = hair on the head, Loma = hair, Nakha = nail, Danta = teeth and Taco skin, Mulakarnrnatthana or Tacapancakakaininatthana)
5.Taking refuge and ten precepts
Taking Refuge and Ten Precepts is the request for the refuge from Triple Gem and accept Ten Precepts for studying and practice. Ten Precepts are training rules which help us to maintain a proper body action, verbal action and ideal conducts of our mind.
Requesting Dependence is to request for a dependence, his guidance, his protection, his teaching and his education, from the preceptor.
7.Scrutiny of the bowl and robes
The preceptor will explain the four requisites as follow; Patio (the bowl), Sanghati, Uttarasango(Civara), Aiitaravasago, (the under robe). Novices continue by acknowledging their requisites with the words “Ama bhante”
8.Examination outside the Sangha
The novice is to stand facing the assembled Bhikkus, hands joined in the gesture of anjali one feet from the cloth, to go round this cloth and not to tread on it.(The second and the third novices follow the same procedure.) Now a number of questions will be asked in Pali language, which the Novice should answer
When called, novices will walk around the special cloth and walk toward the platform. Climbing on to the platform with their left knees and walk on their knees, stop between first pair or Sangka. Bow 3 times, and then chant Requesting Ordination (Upasampada).