- What are early Buddhist instructions for ordaining as a female/male monastic?
- What are the clear list of steps to ordaining as a female/male monastic in today’s world?
- What can one do to better prepare themselves to become a monastic now ahead of time?
- Are there any monasteries that emphasize early Buddhism as opposed to a certain sect?
I have a seed of a wish in my mind somewhere to leave the household life and become a monastic in the future at the most suitable time and place for me, whatever and wherever that may be.
However, the process of ordaining as a monastic is not exactly clear to me. The monastic life seem difficult enough to live as it is, and this lack of clarity makes the process even more intimidating for me.
I find that I take quite a long time to think things through and carefully consider. Or maybe I’m just slow . Because of this, if I am able to get a better idea of a clear list of steps of the ordination process from start to end, I would like to begin carefully considering that option soon, so that if and when the opportunity to leave the household life arises, I am significantly more mentally prepared and ready for it.
Even for those who are interested in living the lay-life, being aware of the ordination procedure, the monastic life, and what these entail, it could help “keep that option open” just in case they are more interested in it later on. Why reflexively reject and close that option off without even considering it? Careful consideration does not oblige one to commit to it - rather it seems to help reject it if it is not suitable for oneself and accept it if it is.
In any case, I think that carefully and thoroughly considering both/all possible options (lay and monastic) can help each person come to a conclusion regarding what is most suitable for them as an individual as per their own wish, inclination, and aspiration.