How can you become a Monk?

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Tirisilex
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How can you become a Monk?

Post by Tirisilex » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:01 am

While I don't believe a monastery will allow me in because of my mental illness.. I'm still curious what steps does one has to take to become a monk. Do they regulate what you learn or can you study at your own discretion?

Punya
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Re: How can you become a Monk?

Post by Punya » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:39 am

May the stupid meditators be awakened from the sleep of ignorance;
May the attacks of the logicians with their sophistries be vanquished.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in The Rain of Wisdom

Tirisilex
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Re: How can you become a Monk?

Post by Tirisilex » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:58 am

I was looking at one site and it says you need to be between the ages of 17 and 35 to be able to get monastic training. I'm 44 I have no chance to learn in this particular school.

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