Samaneri Ordination

At Songdhammakalyani Monastery, we offer samaneri (female novice) ordination twice a year, April 6th and December 5th. Each ordination lasts 9 days with full training. If you are interested find the registration form on our website, fill in and mail to us. There is basic expense of B 1000 for the process of registration. All the expenses will be covered by the monastery. Of course, if you want to make donation, that is welcome. Robes and bowl will be provided.

                When your registration is admitted, you are expected to arrive at the temple 3 days prior to the actual ordination for both the preparation, and rehearsal for the ordination. During the ordination you will not use mobile phone, and try to avoid having visitors. You will be mostly engaged in classroom, 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.

                You are expected to attend both monastic rituals, morning and evening chanting with 30 minutes meditation after the chanting and communal work in the evening. Also many previous candidates looked forward to going for alms in the morning. Every samaneri will have a chance to receive alms on the morning alms round. We try to keep it the way it was done in the Buddha’s time.

                As a monastic you will take a communal breakfast at 7.00 A.M. and last meal of the day at 11.00 A.M. there will be drinks available in the afternoon and evening.

                You will be trained to follow monastic behavior as appropriate to Buddhist culture and also Thai culture. Apart from the clothing provided as monastic, you will need no others (there will be no night gown, no fancy underwear, etc.)                             

                As we get up early, we appreciate all candidates to turn off the light before 10.00 P.M.

Of course, if you come from the west, you will have more questions, feel free to ask.

                P.S. According to the vinaya requirement, ordination is not given to those who are not Buddhists. If you are from other culture, make sure you have already been a Buddhist at least for half a year.

Buddhasavika Training

In 1992 Ven.Grandma (Ven.Voramai Kabilsingh) turned 84 years old, Ven.Dhammananda at that time was not yet ordained; she initiated the first Buddhasavika training. There were 108 women joining the training. She told Ven.Grandma that she would like to offer the wholesome to Ven.Grandma on her 84th birthday. Ven.Grandma envisioned big trees growing in the temple with yellow blossoms as a sign that the work of Dr.Chatsumarn to serve Buddhism would be prosperous. 

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Ven. Dhammananda

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Associate Professor Dr. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, her daughter is well prepared to take the responsibility. She spent 30 years in academic life doing research, teaching and attending conferences at international level. Also, she interviewed her guests on TV for 7 years hence being somewhat known to Thai society. This lay background prepared her to do what she chose to do in the latter part of her life.

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