Ordaining within Gelug

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Ordaining within Gelug

Post by Stiphan » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:47 pm

What is the procedure if one wanted to ordain as a Gelug monk? What must one know beforehand? Where could one ordain?

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Post by Ayu » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:59 pm

Stiphan wrote:What is the procedure if one wanted to ordain as a Gelug monk? What must one know beforehand? Where could one ordain?

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I think, a Gelug lama is needed (a personal teacher) who advises the person that wants to ordain.
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Post by Stiphan » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:16 pm

Ayu wrote:
Stiphan wrote:What is the procedure if one wanted to ordain as a Gelug monk? What must one know beforehand? Where could one ordain?

Thank you!
I think, a Gelug lama is needed (a personal teacher) who advises the person that wants to ordain.
Thank you. How do I go about finding such a teacher? Just pop in a Jamyang centre and ask to be taught personally?


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Post by Lobsang Chojor » Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:09 pm

Stiphan wrote:Thank you. How do I go about finding such a teacher? Just pop in a Jamyang centre and ask to be taught personally?
You need to meet a monk and spend time as their student, for example if you meet Geshe Tashi in Leeds in September, then you can request refuge, once you've taken refuge you speak to him about ordaining.

Do you know where you'd stay as a monk?
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Re: Ordaining within Gelug

Post by kirtu » Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:20 pm

Following up on the other posters, here is a list of FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahyana Tradition, these are centers that take Lama Zopa Rinpoche and HH Dalai Lama as their gurus) in the UK.

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Re: Ordaining within Gelug

Post by Cyrus » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:41 am

Hi Stiphan,

We share similar aspirations as I am in the process of preparing for ordination.
A friend of mine has been an ordained monastic in a Gelug monastery in southern Europe for the past 14 years and is well informed on the subject of ordination.
If you would care to exchange thoughts on this matter then please let me know.
I hope all is well and look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Cyrus

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Re: Ordaining within Gelug

Post by jmlee369 » Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:51 am

Probably the best institutional support for ordained Gelug sangha in the west are FPMT at their monasteries and nunneries, and Sravasti Abbey. Here are some of their resources for those interested in ordaining:
FPMT's International Mahayana Institute Sangha organisation.
Sravasti Abbey Ven. Thubten Chodron's Preparing for Ordination booklet.

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Re: Ordaining within Gelug

Post by mahabuddha » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:18 am

If one is considering monastic life, one should be a fervent student first, spending many years understanding and living as a lay person in the tradition they are thinking of committing their life to. It's not an easy decision and should be well established in Dharma practice before even thinking about monasticism.

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