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Thứ Bảy, tháng 6 10, 2006

No. 0982 ( Hạt Cát dịch)

Abhayagiri's Youngest NoviceYoung boy "goes forth"
The Sangha March 31, 2006

One aspect of monasticism that the Buddha established is the novice (samanera) ordination, and the first Buddhist novice was his very own son Rahula. From that point in history until the present day, the novice "going forth" has been undertaken by people of all ages, not just young people. A novice monk wears the ochre robes, undertakes the ten training precepts, and takes on the life of a monk by joining in with all aspects of monastic life.

On Saturday, May 7, Todd, who is two months shy of turning ten years old and lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest, had his ceremony for becoming a novice—Abhayagiri’s first boy-novice. He has visited Abhayagiri regularly over the past six years and spent the last six months preparing for this day. Todd studied diligently with his parents assistance, learning the ancient and difficult chanting that is required and the numerous amounts of training rules and observances that a novice undertakes. His ordination will last for one week. Normally Abhayagiri does not provide temporary ordinations, but this exception was granted due to Todd's upcoming course of intensive medical treatment which will last for approximately one year.

The ordination was attended by members of Todd’s family, friends, well-wishers, and residents of Abhayagiri, and began with the shaving of Todd’s head. Ajahn Pasanno, as preceptor and teacher, then led Todd through the ceremony, his chanting and observances to form extremely well remembered and executed. Traditionally, new novices and monks are given a monastic name in the Pali language. At the close of the ordination ceremony Ajahn Pasanno announced Todd’s new name, Piyasilo, which means "endearing virtue." Welcome to Samanera Piyasilo.

http://www.abhayagiri.org/index.php/main/article/534/