84000 Glossary of Terms

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རབ་ཏུ་བྱུང་བ། | Glossary of Terms


    rab tu byung ba


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The Sanskrit pravrajyā literally means “to go forth,” with the sense of leaving the life of a householder and embracing the life of a renunciant. When the term is applied more technically, it refers to the act of becoming a novice monk (śrāmaṇera; dge tshul) or nun (śrāmaṇerikā; dge tshul ma), this being a first stage leading to full ordination.