TGN is an organization, open to all Buddhist traditions and strongly follows Buddha’s teachings.
Almost all of our monks at TGN have received their ordination in Theravada Buddhist tradition. Our abbot (guiding teacher) Bhante Sathi is a monk from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a country that follows Theravada Buddhist tradition. Therefore, when TGN offers ordination for monks, their ordination will be in Theravada Buddhist order.
Theravada tradition was the way of living that was introduced by Buddha, 2600 years ago. All the other Buddhist traditions were introduced later by Buddhist followers, due to different reasons. Though there are different Buddhist traditions that co-exist in the present day, the core teachings of many of these traditions are derived from the original Buddha’s teachings.
(Though, Sri Lankan monks receive their ordination from the Theravada tradition, they all are trained to respect all other traditions equally).
There are two steps to monks’ ordinations. The first step is the Samanera Ordination (novice ordination). Second step is the Full-ordination (Bhikkhu ordination).
According to Theravada Buddhist tradition Bhikkus are recognized as Buddhist teachers. Only Bhikkus are permitted to perform ritualistic Buddhist activities.
Therefore, to become a Samanera monk, one has to train one-self under an ordained Buddhist monk. TGN will offer this training for those who are interested in becoming a Samanera monk. When one completes the required training they will be recognized as a novice monk. In formally recognizing the novice monk, a ceremony, known as the “novice ordination” will be preformed by the ordained monks. TGN can perform this novice ordination at any location within the United States.
The second-step in becoming a monk is to become a Full-ordained monk. A Samanara monk will also complete their training under an ordained teacher/monk in order to become a Bhikkhu (Full ordained monk). The Bhikkhu training includes learning about the history of Buddhist teachings, practicing Dhamma, studying the teachings of the Buddha; that requires studying the Tripitaka (Dhamma, Vinaya, Abidharma), which is the original teaching of Buddha. Furthermore, in Bhikkhu training one is required to learn chanting in Pali language (Pali is the language that Buddha used to deliver his teachings). Moreover, one will be trained to perform all other ritualistic Buddhist performances; such as funerals services, blessing ceremonies, and so forth. TGN will offer this training at the center. To formally recognize the training of the monk in becoming a Bhikkhu, a ceremony, known as the “Bhikkhu higher-ordination” will be preformed by ordained monks. Due to lack of resources available in the United States, TGN expects the candidate to go to Sri Lanka in order to perform this ceremony. TGN can help the candidate in organizing the necessities required for the visit and for the ceremony. The candidate is required to take an examination in Sri Lanka and to pass the exam, in order to receive Full ordination. This examination consists of two main parts; a written assessment and an oral assessment. The oral examination is conducted by a group of experienced ordained monks, which the candidate is expected to answer all questions to be qualified as a Bhikkhu. TGN will help the candidate to prepare for the examination as well.
After receiving Full Ordination (after performing the ceremony in Sri Lanka) the newly ordained Bhikkhu has to reside in Sri Lanka for the first rainy retreat (July full-moon day to October full moon day).
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