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The International Mahayana Institute (IMI)
IMI has developed extensive resources on ordination.
The student-teacher relationship is not only important in determining the suitability of the candidate for ordination at the time of the request but also as the student integrates into the monastic community after taking vows.
"Because the main objective for a monk is to do the training and study the teachings, engage in study, it is still good to rely on volunteers to help us with the many physical tasks that need to be done here in the monastery.
So, it would be good to continue to invite volunteers to stay here to help us with all this work, and by doing so we are also offering an opportunity for the volunteers to accumulate great masses of virtue.
If there are monks who do not have the capacity or wish to study and feel that they would rather work in the monastery, they should follow this wish and put themselves completely to the task of working for the monastery and do this in a very excellent manner.
Geshe Jamphel (December 23, 2006)
Have a foundation in the lamrim (Stages on the Path to Enlightenment).
Have a firmly established relationship with a spiritual teacher.
Have cultivated an understanding of renunciation in undertaking the life of a monk or nun.
Have developed the wish to devote their life to service and practice as part of a monastic community.
Students considering ordination should also:
Have had Buddhist refuge for at least three years.
Have lived with lay vows for at least one year.
NOT be a Shugden practitioner.
Be at least 20 years of age.
Ideally, have permission from their family.
Be free of any encumbering relationships; if married, the candidate will have permission from their partner and be living separately.
Be free of any encumbering financial obligations.
Not be returning to their ordinary work situation; working in a Dharma center is permissible.
Have held the getsul ordination for at least three years if requesting gelong ordination.