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  Becoming a Monk in VBG / 在VBG出家成为比丘

3 Aug 2017 

 

Becoming a Monk in VBG

Anyone who has intention to become a monk in VBG should first come to stay for some time as a normal eight-preceptor to ascertain that the conditions here are agreeable to you for long term stay. After you are certain you want to be a monk here you should make a formal request to the abbot.

Then you will be required to undergo a six months screening period as a normal eight-preceptor. If your conduct is satisfactory you will next become a ‘pahkau’, an eight-preceptor with shaven head and wearing white angsa (shoulder cloth) and white sabong, for six months. Passing from there you will have to request to be ordained as a Samanera (ten precept novice monk). This is only a temporary ordination and you will not be allowed to leave without disrobing.

The Samanera period is one year and you will be expected to carry out all the duties of a Samanera. After this you can request for the higher ordination to be a Bhikkhu. Note that after the Bhikkhu ordination you will be required to stay at least five years in VBG for training as required by Vinaya rules. Only after completing the five years in VBG will you be given the Monk’s Ordination Certificate (baisootee) if available.

Most monasteries accept a candidate for monkhood only if he is below 50 years of age. Older candidates are accepted only in special cases.

The above is Standard Operating Procedure in VBG but exceptions may be made according to the discretion of the abbot.




在VBG出家成为比丘

有意在VBG 出家的人,必须先来本寺受持八戒及住上一段时间,以确定这里的居住环境与条件适合你到此长住。当你决定在本寺出家后,你必须正式向住持提出出家的请求。

随后你必须接受六个月的见习期,期间受持八戒。如果你的表现符合要求,你将成为‘pahkau’。此后你在受持八戒之余,还需要落发及穿着白色angsa(露肩背心)与sabong(围裙),为期六个月。随后你即可向住持提出受沙弥戒的请求(受持十戒)。沙弥戒纯属一种暂时的出家制度,还不算是完全被接受。假如你在期间有离开的决定,你必须还俗后才可离开。

为期一年沙弥戒的你必须履行沙弥的责任。随后你可请求具足戒成为一位比丘。务必注意的是受具足戒后,你必须留居本寺五年受训,这也是戒律所强调的。本寺只会颁发戒牒 / 证书‘baisootee’给予成功完成五年训练的比丘(视乎相关部门是否已经办妥戒牒 / 证书‘baisootee’而定).

一般上的寺院只接受年龄少于50岁的申请者。较年长的申请者仅在特殊情况下被接受。

以上是本寺的标准运作流程。视乎住持的决定,绝对有例外的可能。



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