U Jotalankara

Updated : August 5, 2019

U Jotalankara

The Basic Techings Of Theravada Buddhism

  • Author: Sayadaw U Jotalankara (Dhammananda Vihara, Half Moon Bay, California, USA)
  • Editors: Hla Min and Don Johnson
  • First edition : June 2004
  • Foreword by Venerable Sayadaw U Silanandabhivamsa
  • Fifteen chapters
  • 1. Program of worshiping
  • 2. Explanation of words
  • 3. Benefits and stories of taking refuges and precepts, and offering food, flowers, etc.
  • 4. The discipline or duties of laypersons (Gihi-vinaya)
  • 5. What is the teaching of the Buddhas?
  • 6. Cultivating Good
  • 7. Purifying One’s Mind
  • 8. The For Divine Abodes (Brahama-viharas)
  • 9. Vipassa-bhavana, Insight or Mindfulness Meditation
  • 10. The Four Noble Truths & Four Noble Persons
  • 11. The Teaching to the Kalamas
  • 12. The Pali Alphabet in Roman Characters
  • 13. Program of Chanting (Paritta — Eleven Protective Suttas — and other Suttas)
  • 14. First two sermons of the Buddha & the Program of Chanting to Consecrate a Buddha Image & Ovada-patimokha
  • 15. Program of Novice Ordination
  • This book has been used in the Summer Dhamma Camps at Dhammananda Vihara
  • Sayadaw U Jotalankara has written Dhamma books in Myanmar, English, and Japanese. Some books were compiled from his articles in the Dhammananda Newsletter published by the Theravada Buddhist Society of America (TBSA).

Theravada Buddhist Novice Ordination and Monk Ordination

  • Author : [Sayadaw] U Jotalankara
  • Editor : James Rives, Ph.D.
  • First Edition : August, 2008

Two kinds of ordination

  • Pabbajja : to become a novice (samanera)
  • Upasambada : to become a monk (bhikkhu)


Three steps of novice ordination

  1. shaving off the hair of the head
  2. putting on robes
  3. giving the Three Refuges

The procedures for the second and third steps of novice ordination

  1. Paying homage to the Three Gems
  2. Handing robes to the teacher
  3. Asking for the robes from the teacher and putting them on
  4. Requesting a novice ordination
  5. Requesting the Ten Novice-precepts with the Three Refuges
  6. Paying homage to the Buddha
  7. Taking the Three Refuges
  8. Taking the Ten Precepts of a Novice
  9. Choosing a teacher to be the candidate’s preceptor
  10. Reply of the preceptor
  11. Reflecting on the use of the Four Requisites
  12. Reflecting on the repulsiveness of the body

Ten conditions for expulsion from Novice-hood

Ten punishments


Five fulfilling conditions for becoming a monk

  1. Perfections of a person
    Eleven categories of disqualified persons
  2. Perfection of an assembly
  3. Perfection of the Sima (“Thane”)
    Two kinds of Sima
  4. Perfection of the Motion
  5. Perfection of the Kammavaca

The procedure of monk ordination

  • 1. Choosing the candidate’s preceptor
  • 2. Stating the ownership of alms-bowl and robes
  • 3. Giving temporary names
  • 4. Ordering the candidate to go and stand outsie the Sangha
  • 10. Reciting the Natti and Kammacvaca
  • 15. The new monk’s special request

The procedure of monk ordination for two candidates

The 227 Training Rules

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