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Introducing Sāmaṇeras Rakkhito and Cittapālo and an Anagārika Jordan


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:

Tan Rakkhito

Tan 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 Sangha. Tan Rakkhito took Anagārika precepts in November 2016, went forth as a Sāmaṇera in November 2017, and took full Bhikkhu precepts on November 4, 2018.

Sāmaṇera Cittapālo

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.

After serving the 2016 winter retreat, Sāmaṇera Cittapālo returned to Abhayagiri - inspired by its community- and went forth as an Anagārika later that year. Acknowledging the significance of this opportunity and its benefit, he would like to give thanks for the love and support of his parents, extended family, friends, and many mentors along the way that have played a significant role in leading him to where he finds himself today.

Sāmaṇera Cittapālo went forth as a sāmaṇera in November 2017.

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Posted December 5, 2017
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