August 19, 2016

Communal Ordination Ceremony Organized by NRDC Family

Dr. Nyan Tun

(Continued from 3-6-2016)
As soon as the function ended up, the king of deva blessed the ceremony by pouring rain proving that it witnessed this great function. After that, lunch was offered to the Sangha and served the audience.
I would like to know the feeling of newly ordained student monks how they felt by changing life for temporary. So I approached the monks the next day and put some questions to some of them. I asked one monk and learned that he is a Rakhine ethnic, science student and what he told me is that for some students, their parents did not allow them to become a monk but for him his mother allowed him to do so. He was really happy by joining the Order. At this juncture, dealing with joining the Order, I would like to mention a little bit about the Disciplinary Rules (Vinaya) promulgated by the Buddha for everyone who wanted to joint the Order, Higher Ordination (Upasampada). Even though you wanted to join the Order, you are not allowed to do as you wish and norms for a monk were required to be free from thirteen qualifications for the Higher Ordination. Those rules are hard and fast for them. Among the rules, one norm is “Have your father and mother given their consent?” why was this rule laid down? It was due to the Buddha himself. By the time the Buddha returned to His native country, Kapilavatthu, Rahula, His son asked for inheritance from Him. Without giving secular inheritance, the Buddha gave spiritual one which means made him joining into the Order as a novice. King Suddhodhana, the father of the Buddha, who could not bear his emotional feeling was very sad because he had lost his son, the Buddha for the first time when he renounced the world and then he had lost again his grandson, therefore, he requested the Buddha not to ordain any boy without getting permission from their parents and as consequence, the Buddha consented his request and thus, He promulgated this norm.
As scheduled timetable, the monks have to do daily routing within the four days such as paying homage to the Buddha, cultivating loving-kindness, listening to the Dhamma Talk and practicing meditation. The newly monk said that when he was a young boy he told his mother that he wanted to be a monk after graduation. He kept on saying that due to being a monk lay devotees offer such things respectfully so he will return the gratitude of the benefactors. Dealing with practicing meditation what he said was that he could not control his mind which runs away but he followed the method through breathing in and out minutely as suggested by the Sayadaw and finally he could do it so he was really joyful.
I interviewed another student monk, a Chin ethnic, arts student. He said that his father is a Chin ethnic and his mother is a Bamar ethnic. He told his mother when he went back home in summer vacation that he would join into the Sangha. The mother allowed him to do so and to him to take care of health. Although his mother was happy hearing the news, she wanted to ordain him herself so she said that it was not her novice or monk. While shaving he remembered his parents he felt sad because the mother told him she would make him into the order herself so it was better if the mother was present in this function. He kept on saying what he had a thought while receiving offertories was that some teaching and administration staff who made them as benefactors are not economically sufficient but they are very pious and generous. The best thing to return the gratitude to the benefactors is nothing but this meritorious deed, being a monk so he would return the gratitude by practicing meditation. In addition, what he said was that the life of human being is furious and complicated so even he had a thought to take permission from the principal that he will keep on stay as a monk to do missionary work for life.
I put forward questions to another one, a Kayah ethnic, engineering student, what he said was that he was proud of getting the noble life. He had never practiced meditation in his life so he could not catch his mind moving away. He tried his best but it was in vain so he was afraid of the in-charge Sayadaw for could not following as suggested by him. While listening to the Dhamma Talk, he decided to apply the words in his life that will always remind in his heart. The Sayadaw said to them, “Be trustworthy person in life.” This admonishing will remind him whenever or whatever or wherever he performs his duties.
If I put questions to the rest of the student monks I believe I’m surely hear another interesting experience and feeling they will share to us. As the Buddha says, “Pabbajitabhavo dullabho” which means being a monkhood is very rare chance in the world. The newly ordained monks possess the noble life so they enjoy the happiness of religious life while joining into the Order.
The college family led by Dr.Min Thant, the principal, manages to offer alms-food to the monks in front of main building in 27th. Every department is preparing delicious rice, curry and other offertories what they wanted to offer. Over three hundred monks led by the senior monk approached to the place to accept offertories pacing up and down calm and peacefully. The donors are offering their alms-food respectfully. Under the leadership and management of the principal we can see family spirit of NRDC (Yangon) how united we stand by joining hands together and performing every social, education and religious activity in concord with family spirit. Therefore, the Buddha says, “Samagganan tapo sukho” which means happy is the practice of those in harmony.


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