Ordination

 A. Preparation
      For those women who seriously consider to take on a more committed path to become bhikkhunis, they should allow themselves to get acquainted with both the ideas and lifestyle.

They may begin as follows:
      - Visit the temple on a weekly basis.
      - Be part of the community by becoming a live-in member.
      - Receive 8 precepts and wear white.
      - Attend 3-month training in preparation for lower ordination.
      - Getting ready for lower ordination.
      - Have sufficient financial support.
      - Getting ready for the sangha kamma required.
      - 2-year training as a samaneri.

B. Requirements
      - Must be at least 18 for first training, having good health.
      - No education requirement, but one must have willingness to learn.
      - No physical handicap.
      - Fully understand the purpose of ordination.

C. Regulation
      Once ordained as bhikkhuni she must reside with the community of bhikkhuni for a minimum 5 years. This is a ‘bhikkhuni in Residence’ Project which will continue for 5 vassas. Senior Sri Lankan bhikkhunis will be invited to stay at the temple for this project.