General Overview of the Training Program
|1.||Orientation, Medical and Outward Bounds Training|
|2.||Meditation and Training in Basic Virtue|
|3.||Meditation and Rehearsal for Ordination|
|5.||Study of Monastic Discipline and Training and the Meditation Retreat|
|7.||Application of Dhamma Principles for Everyday Life and Course Debriefing|
The main purpose of ordaining is to free yourself from worldly commitments and worries so that you may have the opportunity to fully commit yourself to meditation and break away from the shackles of desire so that you may find true happiness.
Monks manage to free themselves from worldly desire by fulfilling the daily routine required of them by the tenets laid down by the Lord Buddha. In this case, the word ‘duty’ (kicavatra) is a compound made up of two words: ‘kica’ and ‘vatra’.
‘Kica’ means duties that are so important that they are considered compulsory. ‘Vatra’ means things that are advisable do, although not required. If you choose not do these latter, the consequences may not be disastrous – they do not break the monastic discipline – but they could result in the lessening of respect by those who support the monks out of faith. However, if you comply with these activities, the level of respect accorded on you will only improve and strengthen. These items of daily routine will also help to free you from worldly desire.
The recommended daily routine is as follows:
- Going on almsround
- Sweeping the temple
- Chanting and Meditation
- Caring for Your Preceptor
- Management, Maintenance, Exercise
- Studying the Dhamma and Monastic discipline
- Caring for Temple Property and Responsibility
- Behaviors Worthy of Respect
04.30 Wake Up
05.00 Morning Chanting, Meditation Session, and Spreading Loving Kindness
06.30 Community Services
09.15 Meditation Session and Dhamma Talk
12.30 Personal Time
14.00 Meditation Session and Dhamma Talk
18.30 Evening Chanting
19.00 Meditation Session and Dhamma Talk
21.00 Personal Time
21.30 Sleep in Peace
1. Gentlemen who can speak English or Chinese well & are between the ages of 18-60.
2. Good character and ready to conform strictly to the rules set the training supervisors.
3. Healthy, free from infectious diseases or illnesses such as diabetes, mental illness, epilepsy, asthma, kidney disease or drug dependence.
4. Free of commitments which might interrupt the course of training.
5. Content with a non-vegetarian diet and whatever accommodation is provided by the training supervisors.
6. Have a visa valid for at least 60 days stay in Thailand.
1. Two recent 2″ passport-style photographs of the application.
2. Photocopies of applicants’ identification documents and passport.
3. Written permission from applicant’s parents or guardian.
4. Medical examination record with physician’s statement of guarantee.
5. 5,000 Baht application fee.