Great Ordination Ceremonies

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Date(s): Feb. 19, 2019 - Feb. 26, 2019
Language: Vietnamese with English and French

Plum Village - all hamlets

From Tuesday 19th to Tuesday 26th February 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.

Those who have been trained by a mentor to receive the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing on the afternoon of Thursday 21nd Febraur.

The high point of the week is the Great Precepts Transmission day, which will be on 22rd February, where young monks and nuns receive full ordination into the community of Bhikshus 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 14 Mindfulness Trainings, and Lamp Transmissions to Western candidates are usually in English or French.

Single women and couples


Single men and couples

Upper Hamlet will not receive guests during the Great Ordination.