Ordinations of Shantibhakta and Silasiddhi

We're so pleased to announce that two men were privately ordained at Aryaloka on Wednesday 27th October and publicly ordained on Sunday 1st October. The ordinations took place within the context of a ten-day Going for Refuge retreat that was preceded by a six-day pre-ordination retreat with the ordinands and Private Preceptors. Our new installment that houses the Dakini rupa was used as the ordination khuti. The khuti is a secret place so we can't show any photos of how it was prepared, but we can tell you that it was a transformed and magical space. We had the blessings of the full moon and the local barred owls on the evening of the Private Ordination. Over sixty people attended the Public Ordination in-person, and 30 more attended on Zoom.

Mark Ludak becomes Sīlasiddhi
'He who is accomplished in virtuous conduct'

Private preceptor: Dharmachari Paramānanda
Public preceptor: Dharmachari Viradhamma

Frank Gladu becomes Shantibhakta
‘He who is devoted to peace’

Private preceptor: Dharmachari Suddhayu
Public Preceptor: Dharmachari Dhammarati

Shantibhakta is local to the Aryaloka sangha and Silāsiddhi is from the NY/NJ sangha.


Photos by Dharmasuri