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Buddhist Monks and Nuns from the Buddha's time till now
Part 2 - Understand Clearly
Why Do I Wish To Go Forth To Homelessness?
Having become a Buddhist one should then ask oneself this question to understand clearly whether one"s motives for desiring ordination are correct or not. Some wrong reasons for this include such aims as: wishing to learn magic or gain supernormal powers, wanting a life of idleness or wanting to escape from personal difficulties or family responsibilities which should not be evaded, desiring fame or craving to become a Teacher after only a few months of ordination, desiring the respect shown by laypeople to those following the Holy Life, and so on. Right motivation includes: wishing to lead the Holy (chaste) Life as a way to go beyond the unsatisfactory world, seeing that such a life is free from worldly cares and gives one the chance to practise Dhamma fully devoting all one"s time to the Triple Gem. Wrong reasons are based on the mental defilements of greed, pride, fear and so on, while the correct reasons arise from excellent qualities such as renunciation, wisdom, devotion and humility. The homeless life requires learning and steady practice for many years under the guidance of good Dhamma teachers. Only when one has attained great practical experience of the Dhamma will it be the time to teach others.
Article published on
Kandi Sri Lanka,
First Edition 1979
Digitalised Chiangmai/Thailand 9/1994