On July 5th, one week before the start of our annual vassa or rains retreat, Acala took anagarika ordination in the temple at Sati Saraniya Hermitage. A small gathering of our community members watched her request permission to live the homeless life. Soon afterwards, she emerged with head shaved, wearing the signature white robe of a postulant, prepared to undertake the first phase of training as a monastic.
We were moved to witness this act of profound commitment to the holy life. For every one of us, it nourishes the aspiration for spiritual awakening and brightens our resolve to persevere on this path of prudent happiness.