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Congratulations to AlexM on his ordination

AlexM has been ordained as a Bhikkhu, in Thailand. As such, he has a new name on D&D

Ven Khemarato.bhikkhu

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

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:pray: :pray: :pray:

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:anjal::anjal::anjal:

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Thank you @Viveka!

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Sādhu, sādhu! May his monastic life be of much fruit.

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How wonderful!
Much mettā to you, bhikkhu Khemarato :pray:

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Sadhu Ven, may your spiritual journey be swift and joyous!

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How wonderful, Venerable @Khemarato.bhikkhu! Wishing you maximum happiness.

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Sadhu! Sadhu! :pray: :tulip:

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Heartfelt congratulations, Venerable! :anjal:

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This is great news. AlexM worked hard to become @Khemarato.bhikkhu.
What a delightful, peaceful name.

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What is the English meaning of Khemarato?

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“one who delights in safety” perhaps?

Would love to hear Bhante @sujato’s translation :slight_smile:

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Dear @Khemarato.bhikkhu,

May I ask how the process of deciding upon a Dhamma/sangha name works in your lineage or tradition?

I think in some Burmese traditions, for instance, the first letter is decided on the basis of your birthdate.Is there a similar practice in Thailand?

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Yeah! Similar process. I’m not sure of the details but since I was born on a Monday I knew it would start with a K or G, for example. I think they just have a list of positive qualities (wisdom, happiness, peace, etc) and adjectives (lover of, inspiring, overflowing, etc) and they just grab one of each somewhat arbitrarily based on your birthday, etc

In practice what I did was provide my horoscope details and some Thai astrologer did their thing and then wrote back with the name :joy:

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Congratulations Alex Bhikkhu Khemarato! :grinning: :tada: :fireworks:

:sunny: May bright awareness be on your side :sunny:

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Congratulations Venerable Khemarato!

May you in no long time enter & remain in the supreme goal of the holy life for which clansmen rightly go forth from home into homelessness, directly knowing & realizing it for yourself in the here & now.

And may sorrow fall away from you as water from a lotus.

:lotus:

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So can we get some insight into the process of ordaining!

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Find a good teacher, tell them your intention, and do what they tell you to do :joy:

I see the irony of this wasn’t lost on @SarathW1 :joy: But actually I kind of like it this way: if I don’t like the name (which, for the record, I do) I can’t blame my preceptor or myself… I can’t regret a name I didn’t pick.

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Ha! Ha! Keep up the lightness, Bhante! It appears to me that a monastic has to have a good sense of humour to navigate the various expectations that are placed on them…

And congratulations!

:heart:

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