Monasticism is a profound commitment which cannot be founded upon transitory desires or rapid decisions. It is instad a lifestyle which is the natural and logical conclusion of a process of spiritual development. One must be aware that this personal commitment isincompatible with ordinary worldly concerns. In other words, it is a commitment based on a stable motivation with an attitude of renunciation towards activities which are contrary to inner transformation and accomplishing the benefit of beings.
In the beginning, one progresses gradually along the path by frequenting a Dharma centre, listening to teachings given by lamas, reflecting on them, taking refuge and practising them.
The special relationship, based on confidence and devotion, that we create with the spiritual master and the actual application of his or her instructions then lead us progressively to an understanding of the practice's meaning.
Then by actively taking partin the student practitioners' team and undertaking the Karma Kagyu lineage's traditional programme of community work, study and practice, one opens oneself to the possibility of the three-year retreat and monastic life.
Entering into monastic life is not for everyone ; it's a personal affair which is necessarily linked with one's own Karma. The commitment is the dedication of one's whole life for the benefit of others.
One enters into monastic life by taking the vows of personal ethics. This means being committed to spiritual growth in order to become an example for others and contribute to the welfare of beings through abandoning all personal interest. Requests to enter the monastic sangha are considered by the community's lamas.
Decisions are made after having taken the person's qualities and authenticity of motivation into account.