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Post by Indrajala » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:27 pm

Some years ago when I was a teenager I took an interest in Buddhism and the ball got rolling on a trip that hasn't stopped. It took me to Japan, Taiwan, Nepal and India. It sure hasn't stopped, but I decided to take things a step further.

I've hesitated a lot about the idea for a few years, mostly because of disappointment with people and a distrust of large institutions. I've seen the dark side to Buddhism as well as the good side. I've been both disenchanted with the human side, and delighted with the nice people. I've tested out the three trainings and remedied a lot of suffering in my own life. I'm still a common saṃsāric being, but for my part I've cured a lot of anguish in the mind thanks to Dharma.

However, I finally figured I might as well be an island onto myself, say to hell with it and just go for it. I've had an interest for years and often imagined myself going down this route, though I had to gradually give up a lot of desires in the process.

So I became a monk. I think I renounced the home life a long time ago, so in many ways this is just a change of clothes.

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Re: Ordination

Post by Jnana » Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:07 pm

Congratulations on this joyful occasion!

May this be of great benefit to both yourself and others.


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Re: Ordination

Post by BuddhaSoup » Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:44 pm

Ven. Indrajala (formerly Jeffrey):

I saw your announcement earlier today on Facebook, and was very happy for you. Your robes may not make you wiser, but your already demonstrated wisdom and unique insight will be a great addition to the ordained community! As I said earlier, Anumodana!, and may you spend many years in robes cultivating your own liberation, and doing the Bodhisattva work in the world.

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Re: Ordination

Post by Matt J » Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:14 pm


The Great Way is not difficult
If only there is no picking or choosing
--- Xin Xin Ming

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Re: Ordination

Post by PadmaVonSamba » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:53 pm

You look just like the picture (avatar/icon) that accompanies your posts.
Profile Picture: "The Foaming Monk"
The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth.
Original painting by P.Volker /used by permission.

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Re: Ordination

Post by Huifeng » Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:08 am

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
Sarvamangalam bhavantu!

~~ Huifeng

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Re: Ordination

Post by Hickersonia » Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:16 am


"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of
throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned."

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Re: Ordination

Post by plwk » Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:34 am

And when the Ven Indrajala set the ordination thread in motion, the earth devas cried out:
"At Dharma Wheel, the Ordained One has set in motion the unexcelled ordination that cannot be stopped by brahman or contemplative, deva, Mara or God or anyone in the cosmos."
On hearing the earth devas' cry, the devas of the Four Kings' Heaven took up the cry... the devas of the Thirty-three... the Yama devas... the Tusita devas... the Nimmanarati devas... the Paranimmita-vasavatti devas... the devas of Brahma's retinue took up the cry:
"At Dharma Wheel, the Ordained One has set in motion the unexcelled ordination that cannot be stopped by brahman or contemplative, deva, Mara or God or anyone in the cosmos."

Being the noob that I am Ven Indrajala, I had to ask: under which Vinaya system was the ordination performed under? :thanks:

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Re: Ordination

Post by Konchog1 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:40 am

I rejoice in your action Venerable.
Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.

-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: Ordination

Post by Arnoud » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:32 am

Congrats. :thumbsup:

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Re: Ordination

Post by conebeckham » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:23 pm

Sarva Mangalam!

I rejoice in this auspiciousness. May you benefit many!

"Absolute Truth is not an object of analytical discourse or great discriminating wisdom,
It is realized through the blessing grace of the Guru and fortunate Karmic potential.
Like this, mistaken ideas of discriminating wisdom are clarified."
- (Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, from his summary of "The Ocean of Definitive Meaning")

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Re: Ordination

Post by Arnoud » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:05 pm


Being the noob that I am Ven Indrajala, I had to ask: under which Vinaya system was the ordination performed under? :thanks:[/quote]

Yeah, I came back to ask the same. Who is your preceptor, where did you get ordained, which tradition, etc. etc? Us wordlings want the juice. :-)

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Re: Ordination

Post by Simon E. » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:56 pm

Sadhu ! Sadhu ! Sadhu !

" Smokey the Bear will surely appear with his Vajra Shovel".

'The Smokey The Bear Sutra' Gary Snyder.

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Re: Ordination

Post by DGA » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:13 pm

excellent, excellent!

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Re: Ordination

Post by pueraeternus » Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:33 pm

Sadhu sadhu!

I am sure many will visit your island a lot to learn from you. :)
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Re: Ordination

Post by dzogchungpa » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:54 pm

Excellent! Sarva mangalam!
Taking the attitude that the phenomenal world is sacred is the first and last practice of all. - Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Re: Ordination

Post by randomseb » Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:10 pm

Excellent, excellent!


I have embarked on this path as well, slowly but surely.. I moved to a dharma center as a full time resident a month or so ago, took my official refuge last week and am bound to take on the novice bikkhu status one of these days, once I figure some things out and know what direction I want to take!


Other people's examples of walking this path are inspiring, thank you

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Re: Ordination

Post by jikai » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:07 am

Wow! Excellent news! Congratulations!

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Re: Ordination

Post by WuMing » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:19 am

Congratulations, Venerable!!! Good decision, in this dusty world!

May I ask: where did you leave home? Tradition? Lineage?

Wish you all the best! May you be of benefit for those in need!!

Now, observing with the eye of the Buddha, both the Buddha and ordinary beings are in the same liberated state. There is neither this nor that: there is only non-duality and identity.
- 空海 Kūkai in Unjigi 吽字義 The Meaning of the Letter Hūṃ
- Kūkai on the Philosophy of Language by Takagi Shingen and Dreitlein Eijō
Śrī Singha said to Padmasambhava:
Since buddhas and sentient beings are inseparable and the same, it is necessary to respect all sentient beings as being on the same level with the buddhas. Can you?
- translated by Malcolm N. Smith

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Re: Ordination

Post by practitioner » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:23 pm

Congratulations! May all beings benefit!!
One should do nothing other than benefit sentient beings either directly or indirectly - Shantideva


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