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Pravrajya


Pravrajya initial ordaining into the Buddhist monastic order. After renouncing the world, the shramana or novice puts on yellow robes and utters Trisharana, ie I am taking refuge in the Buddha, the doctrine (Dhamma) and the Sangha. He leads a holy life and studies the Buddhist scriptures and the ten moral precepts of Buddhism. At the age of twenty he may get final ordination and become a full-fledged bhiksu or monk. [Binayendra Chaudhury]