On November 14th, 2017, Abhayagiri ordained Jordan as an anagārika. In addition, 2 sāmaṇeras: Rakkhito and Cittapālo (formerly anagārikas Gary and Ryan, respectively), were ordained 1 week later, on November 21st, 2017.
In case you missed them, you can watch the ordinations here:
We also have photos from Rakkhito and Cittapālo’s ordination:
And finally, a brief bio of each of the new ordainees:
Sāmaṇera Rakkhito was born in 1961 in New Jersey. He lived most of his adult life in Oregon. As a young man he was drawn to the samana life he found in books, but at the time he was not able to follow that path. Many years later, after a life in the world, a timely reading of Bhikkhu Bodhi’s “In the Buddha’s Words” inspired him to once again explore monasticism. He found accord with the beloved and respected teacher Luang Por Pasanno, along with the Dhamma-rich Thai Forest Tradition community. Sāmaṇera Rakkhito took anagārika precepts in November, 2016, and went forth as a sāmaṇera in November, 2017.
Straight out of high school, Sāmaṇera Cittapālo was first exposed to Buddhism in Thailand during his gap year in 2011. Over the next five years of graduated exposure, predisposition and curiosity would compel him to learn more about the Buddha’s teachings in order to live a more meaningful, beneficial, and harmless life; motivated by one of life’s most elusive question: what is happiness?
After serving the 2016 winter retreat, Sāmaṇera Cittapālo returned to Abhayagiri, inspired by its community, and went forth as an Anagārika on November 7th later that year. Acknowledging the significance of this opportunity and its benefit, he would like to recognize and give thanks for the incredible love and support of his parents and family members, friends, and the many mentors along the way that have encouraged him over the years, leading him to where he finds himself today.
Sāmaṇera Cittapālo went forth as a sāmaṇera in November, 2017.
Anagārika Jordan spent the majority of his life in Oregon, where he was born in 1990. In 2009, he enrolled at Linfield College, in McMinnville, Oregon. He double-majored in Mathematics and Creative Writing (with no particular goal in mind, other than to harness the faculties of his intellect that were concomitant to those disciplines).
In a turn of events, that, to him, seemed to be nothing less than cosmically serendipitous, he encountered his first Dhamma talk on YouTube, during his Junior year of college. After a year of personal Dhamma study—primarily via said Tube—he decided to practice meditation, on a whim. After several months of meditation practice, he developed the firm resolve to ordain. Thus, after graduating from college, he got a job at the Safeway in his hometown, and, by living with his parents, practicing restraint, and funneling all of his available income into his student loans, he was able to pay off his debt—working a part-time, minimum wage job. With all of his debts paid off, he went straight to Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, and ordained as an anagārika. Though his primary accomplishments, at Abhayagiri, include making tofu corn dogs and penning his first autobiography (which is currently being disclosed to the reader) he does hope to, one day, accomplish the goal of receiving higher ordination—first as a sāmaṇera, and then as a bhikkhu. Until that time, however, he plans to use the Abhayagiri kitchen to diligently deep-fry as many foods as he can think of, and to unlock the hidden potential of tofu.