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Belgian Boy Gets Green Light to Become Tibetan Monk
« on: November 13, 2013, 10:28:15 PM »
This is not a co-incident that the 15-year old Belgian boy wants to become a monk.  This is due to his wonderful meritorious merit stored in his imprints that propel him to begin his spiritual journey of a Tibetan monk at a young age.  This is also attributed to many conducive conditions happening at the right time of his life for the boy to realise his dream. 


A 15-year-old Belgian boy is on his way to Tibet to train as a Buddhist monk.

The Belgian teenager was given the green light after an appeal cleared the way for the chance to follow what he called, “his dream”.

Two months ago, a court ruling had prevented him leaving after claims there were problems in his family.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/13/belgian-boy-gets-green-light-to-become-tibetan-monk/

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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2013, 12:14:42 PM »
Its great that this Belgian Boy gets the green light to be a monk . Many monks e.g Kundeling Rinpoche had to run away from home in order to be able to fulfill his wish to be a monk , to learn the Buddha's teachings and to spread the teachings to benefit others. These heroic courage of young monk aspirants are very inspiring. Being born (mostly by choice) in a land or situation not conducive to Dharma, they have to show and exercise their determination to achieve their dreams. However such determination and actions of success becomes a teaching and inspiration to many who may also be in the same condition, ensuring them that it can be done. This young Belgian boy will certainly be an inspiration to many especially in the European region, where Dharma is still young.

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2013, 05:17:50 AM »
This really is an inspirational real life story of determination for further one's spiritual journey. There are so many stories, even in cultures where Buddhism is practiced, of people wanting to become ordained having to strive against all odds to do so. What makes this even more inspiring, as Cookie, points out, is that Dharma is still young in Europe. I hope he learns well, realizes attainments and comes back to Europe to teach. Then he would be able to inspire others, who even though want to take further steps in the Dharma are not doing so due to pressures of society and family.

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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2013, 07:51:06 AM »
This is really an inspiration to hear of a young boy adamant to go on the spiritual journey to become a monk.  It is sad also to learn that the case had to be brought to court.

Yes Freyr and Cookie, there have been cases of many people who have aspired to be monks/nuns but they had to run away from home to realise their "dream", instead of leaving the household with blessings from parents/elders.


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Re: Belgian Boy Gets Green Light to Become Tibetan Monk
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2013, 09:32:02 AM »
This is very inspiring for such a young boy who is so determined to pursue his spiritual journey as a monk. Yes, there are many cases of aspiring monks or nuns who had to run away from home to fulfill their dream to be monks or nuns. I rejoice that despite the court case and all the obstacles, this Belgian teenager gets the green light to become a Tibetan Monk.

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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2013, 12:42:28 PM »
It's awesome that Giel had that passion from such a young age to be a monk! He must have a strong imprint from the past to be connected to Buddhadharma in this life, the condition and his parent support for him to pursue his spiritual journey. May he succeed in his monastic study and spread Buddha teachings far and wide in the near future. Rejoice to both mother & son!!!

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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2013, 12:56:51 PM »
More information gathered on the internet:

His civil name is Giel, his refuge name is Lobsang Nyima.
Giel wants to study in the Monastery of Jonang (India) for the next 15 years, 3 years to master the Tibetan language and 12 years to study Buddhism.
His mother initiated him into the Buddhist religion.

2 months ago, his uncle, worried that Giel may not have taken this decision with full reflection, requested an investigation from the justice court in Gent (Belgium) and Giel was not able to catch his flight.
The legal authorities of Gent did investigate the case, for the welfare of the young monk candidate, and eventually granted permission for the teenager to go ahead.

Giel left Belgium a few days ago.
He says that he may miss his lifestyle sometimes but he is not worried as he says he is not keenly interested in the life of a teenager anyway.

The news made it to the local newspapers, but also to the FIGARO, an important French newspaper.
http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2013/09/12/01016-20130912ARTFIG00509--15-ans-il-veut-devenir-moine-bouddhiste-au-nepal.php

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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2013, 01:40:02 PM »

His mother initiated him into the Buddhist religion.


Wow, the very fact that he was born to a mother who supported him in his spiritual path tells me this boy may be a practitioner of the higher tantra in his previous life who could control his own rebirth. DS was probably his protector :)

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Re: Belgian Boy Gets Green Light to Become Tibetan Monk
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2013, 03:39:24 PM »
Wow! How wonderful! Rejoice! Although, there were some obstacles, I am happy that it is cleared now and he can now continue with his spiritual path. Something that he truly want. His mother has tremendous merits to be able to give birth to him and also bring him into Dharma. To have the both of them be connected to Dharma in this life is truly amazing! May they continue their spiritual path and achieve much more!

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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2013, 04:45:18 PM »
it's really amazing that this young boy has the full support of his mother to fulfill his dream to become a monk. A big salute to the mother.

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« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2013, 02:24:02 AM »
It is indeed great news to know for someone aa young as he is would be going to be ordained and becoming the source of inspiration to benefit others. Looking at the video, seeing him in robes before going to Tibet is actually heart warming. Probably this is the way he shows sincerity to become ordained. My question is, if he is not ordained yet can he wear the monk robes prior to the actual ordination ceremony?

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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2013, 03:01:49 AM »
There are more and more Caucasians becoming ordained and also follow the Buddhist tradition. I rejoice for their merits to be able to meet the Buddha dharma. In comparison, Buddhism in the asia region seems to be having more problems and is making the spreading of Dharma more difficult. I believe Buddhism will continues to grow in the western region whereas the asians might need a revive.

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Re: Belgian Boy Gets Green Light to Become Tibetan Monk
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2013, 02:59:27 PM »
Wow wonderful news!

Learning Dharma at such a young age, this boy would benefit thousands of people at an early age, teaching them Dharma. On top of that, he would be an inspiration to many young people to enter the monastic life or at least to start practicing the Dharma. A very admirable young person, filled with determination to pursue what he feels is right at such a young age... many people at 15 years old (or even older) can't make life determining decision as what Giel has done.

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« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2013, 09:09:19 AM »
Good news indeed, in life there will always be obstacles whenever we in pursue of certain things especially such a wonderful thing like becoming a monk. Due to our own negative karma somehow it manifest in many ways for us not to pursue something as holy as the Dharma. But it is very good news because at such a young age he has make a very inspiring decision to become a monk. Hopefully, in the near future with his knowledge he will bring benefit and happiness to others.

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Re: Belgian Boy Gets Green Light to Become Tibetan Monk
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2013, 08:32:46 PM »
I rejoice and i think perhaps such young Western boy wanting to be a monk is the ripening of powerful prayers and aspirations made in previous lives. That would mean that this boy is an unrecognized tulku and sometimes it would be better to have such tulkus go unrecognized and allow them to find their way to what they did in their previous lives. Whatever it is, it is already a great example for such a young boy to decide that he wants to be a monk. May more follow suit. The monastic community is very important for the Dharma to be established in any given society.