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Foreigners Ordaining As Buddhist Monks In Thailand

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There are always someone asking about ordaining as a Buddhist monk here in Thailand.. I am a retired American and I just ordained on the 3rd of July for Khao Phansaa.. If any one has any questions there would like answered, I will be happy to give you my knowledge and experience of what to do and how to do it... And no, I don't speak fluid Thai, and can not read one Thai alphabet character... Metta

p.s. I can not get on the internet every day, so please be patient for your answers... :)

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How difficult is it and how long does it take to prepare for ordination the first time?

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How difficult is it and how long does it take to prepare for ordination the first time?

I had actually seen two ordinations before, one in the U.S. and one here in Thailand.. So kind of knew what was going to happen, although things get changed a little bit from ordination to ordination, the actual ceremony is the same... It took me two weeks to get the words pronounced correctly... and it helped that I ordained with another Thai man, who actually didn't know the words any better than me... but there was a monk who is your Aciraya, teacher, who tells you what to say... like a repeat after me... and I asked him to please slow it down just a little and please pronounce things clearly.. so except for the kneeling for about an hour, it came off good...

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How are you able to get by without speaking Thai? Do any of the monks speak english? I would think the effect of the teachings would not be as potent if you can not understand what the teachings are.

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There are always someone asking about ordaining as a Buddhist monk here in Thailand.. I am a retired American and I just ordained on the 3rd of July for Khao Phansaa.. If any one has any questions there would like answered, I will be happy to give you my knowledge and experience of what to do and how to do it... And no, I don't speak fluid Thai, and can not read one Thai alphabet character... Metta

p.s. I can not get on the internet every day, so please be patient for your answers... :)

Congratulations, luang-pee. I was a monk in 2540, but at that time I already spoke and read Thai, so that was a lot easier. You are in for an interesting journey, and your approach to answering questions here is good, I congratulate you.

Where are you? I do think it makes a difference for your own experience whether you are in Bangkok or a far-away province.

Cheers,

Thomas.

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It took me two weeks to get the words pronounced correctly... and it helped that I ordained with another Thai man, who actually didn't know the words any better than me...

That's pretty similar to mine. And I am a Thai as well. Those words are in Pali so I guess there is no advantage of being a Thai.

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How do you deal with the living conditions and the type of food you have to eat? (Compared with the west)

I really have a lot of repect for what you are doing

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There are always someone asking about ordaining as a Buddhist monk here in Thailand.. I am a retired American and I just ordained on the 3rd of July for Khao Phansaa.. If any one has any questions there would like answered, I will be happy to give you my knowledge and experience of what to do and how to do it... And no, I don't speak fluid Thai, and can not read one Thai alphabet character... Metta

p.s. I can not get on the internet every day, so please be patient for your answers... :)

As you have just started your journey, I would be very interested in your experience of every day temple life as a new monk. Would be great if you gave a regular update. Good luck, I admire and respect what you are doing.

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How do you deal with the living conditions and the type of food you have to eat? (Compared with the west)

I really have a lot of repect for what you are doing

I can only speak for myself, not for the OP who hasn't replied yet. Maybe he is busy with his dhamma or meditation studies and/or does not have internet access at the moment.

The living conditions were simple but clean. No luxury, and none expected.

The food was what the villagers gave us: Home-cooked Thai food. Excellent and second-to-none, simply unbeatable. A luxury you can't even pay for in the western world, as the fresh ingrediants are not available.

The only problem I had in the first days was getting up before sunrise. That used to be the time when I was getting ready for bed. But the human body (at least mine) proved to be adjustable.

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i am very interested in ordaining/moving to thailand. what channels do i need to move through?

i am a practicing meditator and believe strongly in Buddhism. i currently live in Brisbane, QLD Australia.

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i am very interested in ordaining/moving to thailand. what channels do i need to move through?

i am a practicing meditator and believe strongly in Buddhism. i currently live in Brisbane, QLD Australia.

come and see what we have going in our temple....stay and join in with the meditation, chanting, etc. You can ordain as a novice for a few months before deciding to go for Monk.

http://watsriboenruang.wordpress.com/

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i am very interested in ordaining/moving to thailand. what channels do i need to move through?

i am a practicing meditator and believe strongly in Buddhism. i currently live in Brisbane, QLD Australia.

come and see what we have going in our temple....stay and join in with the meditation, chanting, etc. You can ordain as a novice for a few months before deciding to go for Monk.

http://watsriboenruang.wordpress.com/

Hi Fred.

Does it include assistance with visa issues for foreigners?

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Hi K.

It's now rapidly approaching two years since you ordained.

Just interested how things have come along for you.

Have your expectations changed since you joined?

How has your progress been ?

Is it important to have a Master/Teacher who has good rapport with you?

Is monastic life harmonious with your health needs?

I applaud you for your dedication.

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Hi Fred.

Does it include assistance with visa issues for foreigners?

We have myself and another Farang monk here, and a friend nearby, and we have experienced the trials and tribulations of getting the one-year visa for monks, so can give good advice. We are near the border at MaeSai for those quick emergency runs too.

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i am very interested in ordaining/moving to thailand. what channels do i need to move through?

i am a practicing meditator and believe strongly in Buddhism. i currently live in Brisbane, QLD Australia.

come and see what we have going in our temple....stay and join in with the meditation, chanting, etc. You can ordain as a novice for a few months before deciding to go for Monk.

http://watsriboenruang.wordpress.com/

I have looked at the site, but I can't see where the Wat is located??? I am in Chiang Mai, and once I've cleared my (virtual) desk, I'd love to spend some time at a temple, especially if it had some nice farangs in I could share with in English :)

Please let me know roughly where you are anyway.

thx

(Update, just read your last post and mentions "MaeSai" so maybe Wat is in Chiang Rai?)

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