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.
This project provides laywomen with a space and an opportunity to attend 3-day retreat. The trainings are generally organized 3 time a year. They are scheduled over the weekend adjacent to a public holiday or a substitution day for a public holiday falling on a weekend. The project emphasizes on transferring the teaching of the Buddha, so that the participants know what the Buddhism teaches, because the current society somewhat gets confused both belief and practice. Each batch focuses on different issues depending on social problem issues. This year there will be 3 batches as follows:-
Batch 78 “To be fully a women” May 18th – 21st
Batch 79 “Empowerment” August 10th -12th
Batch 80 “Strengthening and spreading out October 12th -14th
The training is co-organized by Buddhasavika Foundation and Songdhammakalyani Monastery.
Venue: Songdhammkalyani Monastery, Petkasem Hwy., Muang District, Nakhon Pathom Province.
Registration Fee: 1,000 Baht submitted with registration form or call 034-258270
Schedule: In 2019, there will be 3 batches and scheduled as follows:-
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.