Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism

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Monastic Education Monastic Education System
Monastic Education System

Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism

Monastics of the Jogye Order can engage in a number of educational programs. These can be categorized as: preliminary, basic, and specialized education, as well as in-service training. Monastics are also required to take a monastic examination at each level of their monastic development. Basically, all ordained members of the Jogye Order must complete the preliminary and basic educational programs, after which they receive the full precepts. After ten years of steady practice, they can take the Level 3 Monastic Examination which, if they pass, entitles them to accept disciples, as well as perform the diverse duties of monastic administration.
But monastic education does not stop there. The Jogye Order has a number of specialized programs related to sutras, Vinaya, commentaries, and Seon, as well as other programs to foster the development of dharma propagation, Buddhist culture, and art.
Training Level Training Period Precepts taken after training Qualified Applicants Training Facility
Preliminary Education At least six months Sramanera/Sramanerika
(Novice Vows)
Any haengja(postulant) who has finished training at his or her home temple Haengja Training Center
Basic Education Four years Bhikkhu/Bhikkhuni Monastics who have received the novice vows monastic colleges at temples Joong-Ang Sangha University;
Dongguk University’s College of Buddhism;
Basic Seon Training Center
Specialized Education Five Years

Monastics who have received the full vows Monastic graduate schools

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