Great Ordination Ceremonies

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Date(s): Mar. 21, 2016 - Mar. 28, 2016
Language: Vietnamese with English and French

Plum Village - all hamlets

From Monday 21st to Monday 28th March the Mahasangha of Plum Village will host a series of formal ceremonies to transmit precepts and the Dharma Lamp to monks, nuns, lay men and lay women.

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Procession of the Mahasangha to open the Great Ordination Ceremony (bringing the Pratimoksa precepts into the Precept Boundary)


The usual Plum Village daily schedule will be replaced with a program of ceremonies in the main Dharma Halls with the whole community of monks, nuns, lay men and lay women.

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Unusual Daily Program

The ceremonies, which take place only every two years, involve sitting, chanting, and dharma teaching, mostly in Vietnamese. Please note that during this week there is no usual Plum Village program of formal sitting meditation, silent meals, walking meditation or dharma discussion in addition to the ceremonies. There are still, however, informal opportunities to deepen mindfulness practice in the strong collective energy of concentration and peaceful environment of Plum Village.


Transmission Ceremonies of the Mindfulness Trainings

This week offers anyone who is present the opportunity to receive the Five Mindfulness Trainings from the Mahasangha.  The Transmission of the Five Mindfulness Training will take place on Tuesday 22nd March:

Program for Tuesday 22nd March:

8am Whole Community gathers for the Grand Opening Ceremony 
9am Transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings
12 noon Lunch for everyone present
5pm Transmission of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings

All are welcome! If you would like to receive the Five Trainings, it is possible to submit your application in advance, via the registration office, so we can prepare your certificate. It is also possible to receive them spontaneously, and to receive an ordination certificate later. This is also a very auspicious and powerful opportunity to renew your commitment to the Five Mindfulness Trainings if you have received them already.

Those who have been trained by a mentor to receive the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing on the afternoon of Tuesday 22nd March

The high point of the week is the Great Precepts Transmission day, which will be on 23rd March, where young monks and nuns receive full ordination into the community of Bhikshu and Bhikshunis respectively.


Transmissions of the Dharma Lamp

The second half of the week will be dedicated to the ordination of new monastic and lay Dharma Teachers in ceremonies of “Transmission of the Lamp“, mostly in Vietnamese. These ceremonies are beautiful and profound involving an exchange of insight poems and guidance.

Language: Please note that most ceremonies are in Vietnamese with English translation via headphones. The transmission of the 5 and 14 Mindfulness Trainings, and Lamp Transmissions to Western candidates are usually in English or French.



Single women and couples


Single women and couples


Single men and couples