What is the European Ordination Programme?

The European Ordination Programme (EOP) has been established by the vision of Luang Por Dhammajayo, the Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, to introduce Buddhism to the people in The European Union (EU), and others around the world. The programme was organized for the first time in 2013 at Wat Phra Dhammakaya Benelux, Belgium. Many participants in The EU from different countries such a England, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Malta, Austria, and Switzerland joined the programme. When it concluded, all were very satisfied with the programme, and some even had the intention to join the same kind of programme again the following year.

The European committee, consisting of 29 branches of Wat Phra Dhammakaya in The EU then decided to organise the programme every year. Subsequently, more and more participants in The EU have joined the EOP.

The EOP provides the opportunity for all of the qualified persons in The EU who have interest in studying the Dhamma of the Buddha, to use the knowledge they learn and practice from the programme to benefit their lives with more happiness and prosperity.

In the programme, all participants have the opportunity to learn about the Theravada Buddhist monk's life, to train themselves with the Buddhist disciplines and Buddhist cultures, to practice meditation, to study a variety of Buddhist Dhamma topics, and to understand more about the Theravada Buddhist monk's life. The course of study in the programme has been continuously well developed from the beginning up until the present, by becoming more efficient in training those who are not raised as Buddhists, enabling them to learn and apply the teachings in this short period of time after the programme is concluded.

We therefore would like to invite all qualified persons for The Theravada-Monk Ordination to join the EOP again this year. Latest news, announcements, and more information about The EOP is available at all EU branches of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, and can also be found on our facebook group https:/www.facebook.com/groups/EOPBenelux.


Qualifications for those who would like to join the programme are:

  1. Male between 20-60 years old
  2. A person with acceptable good behaviour as observed and can be attested to by their peers
  3. A person who lives a simple life, has good health, has no contagious diseases, mental illnesses, or physical impairments.
  4. A person who has no drug addictions or criminal records
  5. A written consent from a parent, guardian, spouse, or closest living relative is required for those who wish to join The EOP.

Items Required to Join the Programme

Items that are not allowed during the Training Programme

Thank you for your interest in The EOP and we look forward to your participation


The ordination programme takes place at Wat Phra Dhammakaya Benelux, Ronkenburgstraat 25, 9340 Lede, Belgium.

Previous programmes

The European ordination programme started in 2012 and has been running since.

See all previous programmes

Things to do before your arrival

You will need to memorise some text for the ordination ceremony

How do I join?

Click on the registration button below and fill out the form to join the ordination programme