An introduction from His Holiness The Dalai Lama about ordination and the connection to the other texts of this series.
Series: Preparing for Ordination (1996)
Experienced monks and nuns give thoughts, reflections, and advice on considering and preparing for Buddhist ordination. Also available for download and free distribution is the eBook Preparing for Ordination: Reflections for Westerners Considering Monastic Ordination in the Western Buddhist Tradition.
About the content of this series and the motivation to collect these texts.
Looking at ordination and the higher training in ethics as a path to liberation from the distractions and difficulties of ordinary life.
Practicing mindfulness leads us to the happiness that is the absence of ill-being.
The sangha is crucial because it ensures the durability of the Dharma experience by understanding and spreading the teachings.
The meaning of precepts and how to follow the vinaya with joy.
Questions to consider before making the commitment to be ordained.
Advice from an experienced Western nun about ordination.
Some reflections about one’s past may support one’s decision about ordination.
Sometimes it is important to take one’s time and develop true motivation before becoming ordained.