The Buddha mentioned three days as being particularly memorable in lay life, and three days as particularly worth remembering in monastic life. The pabbaja -- the "going forth" as a samaneri (or samanera (m)) ranks first. Second, the place where one realizes for oneself the actuality of the Four Noble Truths. And third, the place where the afflictions of the human heart --the asavas -- utterly and completely come to an end. (Saraniya Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya)
With warm heart of congratulations, and thanks for all of your kind words of blessing and support, we share with you a few photos from the lovely day here yesterday of former Sayalay Santacari, now Samaneri Sr. Santacari's, Samaneri Pabbaja ~
~ Ven. Ayya Tathaaloka cutting the very last of the hair on the top of Sayalay Santacari's head together with the "kesa, loma, nakha, danta, taco" -- "hair of the head, hair of the body, nails, teeth and skin" mindfulness of the body meditation instructions. All her bhikkhuni sisters participated in shaving her head together earlier in the morning.
~ Santacari enters with offering tray of her new robes, together with flowers, candles and incense.
~ Time to exchange her little gold-brown shoulder sash for the big burnt-saffron patchwork upper robe used by bhikkhunis and samaneris. Ayya Tathaaloka explained the robe is folded like a flag and is called "the banner of the arahants". It also looks like a paddy field with all its patches, and is called "a field of merit for the world".
~ Having undertaken the Refuges and Samaneri Precepts together with dependancy on her preceptor and teacher, with a mutual affirmation that they will support each other -- the Going Forth is complete!!
Everyone then together chanted the Lanna-Thai 13 Arahant Theris Blessing Chant together with the Kariniya Metta Sutta--the Buddha's Words on Loving Kindness as blessing together.
Samaneri Sr Santacari looks very well in her new robes and transformed with her new precepts. Inside meets outside, heart and form now together in harmony.
Great mudita and anumodana from all of us here at the Awakening Forest.
And thanks Holly! for sharing the great photos.